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Have You Shared Your Story?

2/20/14

By Ellen Rank

The belief in the power of telling and sharing our own stories is supported by Beit Hatfutsot as described in The Museum of the Jewish People’s Response to the Pew Study on Jewish Americans: Tell the Story and Record it for Generations to Come. According to the article, “Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, has recommended a simple family practice to keep Jewish identity alive and well. The practice is to tell the family story, connect it to the compelling narrative of the Jewish people, and record it for future generations.” Read full article HERE.

I treasure the stories of my parents’ and grandparents’ journeys, their challenges and successes, and appreciate how these stories are strong fibers in the weaving of my own Jewish identity. We all have stories to share, stories that will build connections to family and Am Yisrael, stories that “often prepare children for facing life’s challenges, developing self-confidence, and character building.”

We are in a wonderful position as educators to create opportunities for learners to hear the stories of their parents, grandparents, and other relatives.  Let’s take advantage of this and design experiences in which children ask, hear and learn about their family’s journey. And, while you’re at it, why not make a point this week of telling your own story?

 

 

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