The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is opening an exhibit of “My Family Story” artwork Sunday, Sept. 18.
More than 20 kids ages 10 to 15, most from Congregation Shearith Israel, participated in an Atlanta-area pilot of the family history program organized by Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of Jewish People, in Tel Aviv.
The pilot program was a coordinated effort to reach a wide spectrum of Jewish families. Museum professionals and artists helped the young participants explore their own family stories within the larger Jewish experience through artwork, group activities, research and education over six weeks.
One of those students, Noa Rudisch, who was a fifth-grader at Atlanta Jewish Academy while taking part in the program, was among 40 international finalists out of some 20,000 youths who created projects to complete “My Family Story” last spring. At age 10, Noa, who created an animated film about her family, was one of the youngest finalists. She won a trip to Israel with her mother, Adina Rudisch.
Breman Executive Director Aaron Berger gave credit to the many members of the Atlanta community who helped make the pilot program a success.
“We owe the success of this program to the dedication of Shula Bahat and Rabbi (Micah) Hyman of Beit Hatfutsot, along with the dedicated educators, students and their parents,” he said. “We look forward to showcasing the completed works at the museum for all to see. We are also grateful for the generous support provided by the Covenant Foundation, who made this program possible in our community.”
The final installation at the Breman is a celebration of the hard work and artistic efforts undertaken by the participating students.
The exhibition opens with a program at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the museum. The community event is free and open to the public and features a collaborative art project for families under the leadership of artist Karin Mervis.
The exhibit closes Nov. 6.
The “My Family Story” program will return in 2017. The Breman has been contacted by a number of synagogues and organizations wishing to participate. For more information, contact the museum at thebreman.org or 678-222-3700.