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Middle Schoolers Display Personal Histories at Breman

Students from Congregation Shearith Israel and William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum worked together to curate family stories.

Sarah Zeff displays a jewelry box she created to represent her family heirlooms.

Twenty middle school students from Congregation Shearith Israel spent the past year planning projects to tell the story of their ancestors, in an exhibit that opened Aug. 27.

Congregation Shearith Israel students listened to presentations by their peers.

“Curating Your Family Story” is on display until Sept. 16 at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum as part of an international program with The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Israel. Beit Hatfutsot rewards winners with a trip to Israel to view final selections from around the globe.

Some students chose to submit recipes, while others created art projects.

Stemming from an effort to maintain Jewish heritage and connect young people with their past, “Curating Your Family Story” explores each student’s personal history, genealogy and traditions through family recipes, maps and displays of art.

Students presented their projects to an audience of about 60 attendees.

Julie Zeff, community engagement coordinator at the Breman Museum, said the year-long curriculum teaches interviewing skills, the importance of artifacts and how to be an anthropologist for a day. During the final stages of completing their projects, students received help from local curators and artists.

Students introduced their projects in front of an audience of 60 people.

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