Curating Your Family Story My Submission for 2017


I'm Jerome Silverman and this is my daughter Naomi (11 years old).
Naomi recently entered the 2017 international competition for roots research and heritage stories called “My Family Story.”
This competition is hosted by the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Ha’Tfutsot — the Museum of the Jewish People — in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Throughout the Jewish world, students age 11-15 are invited to submit an artistic display, based on their own genealogical research, to reveal a meaningful encounter between themselves and their families.
Over 20,000 submissions are tendered each year, but only ~50 displays from all of the different regions will be chosen for the 22nd annual gallery exhibition in June 2017.
Last year, Naomi’s good friend Noa Rudisch from Atlanta created a winning submission called “Sacred Objects,” and she was flown with her mother Adina to Tel Aviv for the exhibition opening in June, along with the other winners.

Naomi's 2017 Entry

To create her entry in the 2017 competition, Naomi and I attended a 3-part workshop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco to review the basics of interviewing, storytelling and collaborative art-making.
Naomi decided to research the life and history of my maternal Grandmother, Rita Rosen, who passed away at the age of 89 just as we started working on the project.
Grandma Rita’s parents owned a candy store in Philadelphia in the 1930’s, and Naomi wanted to learn about what was her candy store like, how her family got into that business, and their Jewish history.


The opportunity to create this project came at the "perfect" time for us, as it has greatly helped us focus on Grandma Rita’s life and legacy, and we've learned so much about our family history and ourselves through doing our genealogical research.
It's also given Naomi the opportunity to study a number of valuable digital storytelling skills that will serve her throughout her life and career.
Naomi's initial vision, as well as her script writing, voiceover work, video production, piano playing and photography, demonstrates tremendous initiative and ownership.
I am so proud of her creative capabilities and the stories our project tells.

The Project

Schatz's Dreck-a-Mix is an interactive, animated box of confections complete with videos and voiceover from Naomi to guide you through the presentation.
There are three ways the project can be viewed: as an eBook, an HTML presentation, or a YouTube Playlist.
The eBook can be dowloaded and displayed on an iPad or iPhone and viewed with the iBooks application. That's probably the best way to view it.
The HTML presentation is best viewed with Google Chrome, using the “Fullscreen" button on the lower right to go fullscreen.
The YouTube Playlist just contains the videos, without the interactive candy box.

Let us know how you like it, and wish us luck for the Spring 2017 Competition!

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Jerome Silverman

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