What We Hold: 100 Jewish Teen Voices

Organization: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Grant Year: 2017

Project Director: Fraidy Aber

Type of Grant: Signature

Grant Amount: $48,000.00 (1 year)

Website: https://www.thecjm.org/

The Contemporary Jewish Museum – To support the creation of What We Hold: 100 Jewish Teen Voices, an educational program that will create and disseminate recorded audio stories by Jewish teens that explore Jewish values and intergenerational family narratives.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) will train 100 Jewish teens to create compelling 3-5 minute audio stories (using their smart phones) that explore how Jewish values and memory are shared between generations within their own families. These stories will be available to all CJM visitors in a dedicated listening lounge at the entrance to the Museum’s exhibition galleries. They will also be distributed to a global audience during and after the project via thecjm.org, The CJM’s social media channels, and at an annual Playback Story Slam performance/reception for the teens, their families, friends and local Jewish educators. The program is an expansion of What We Hold, the CJM’s successful pilot teen audio program that highlighted the voices of the Museum’s Teen Art Connect interns. Ten interns created compelling audio segments, featuring an interview with a family member as well as their own ideas about how this person and particular memory has shaped their own identity formation. 

The new, expanded exhibit, What We Hold: 100 Jewish Teen Voices will create and disseminate 100 audio recordings by Bay Area Jewish teens telling their own family narratives from January 2018 through December 2020. The audio recordings will be hosted in perpetuity on thecjm.org. To extend the Jewish learning benefits to families, The CJM also will provide an annual Family Story Day training workshop for families to create their own family history audio recordings.