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Family Stories

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
Muriel Rukeyser

 

Our family stories have such power! The ways we share them can link us to the generations that came before us, the generations to come, and to our collective Jewish narrative. According to the research of Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush, the more children know about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem. There are many ways to capture and share your family stories with grandchildren, children, and other family members. Begin your journey here.

 

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Grandparents, Write Your Stories

One of the greatest gifts we can give our grandchildren is to write — and tell — the stories that shaped our lives.

Family Stories from Your Closet

Discover the rich and meaningful ways objects in your closet can help you share family stories, family history, and even world events with your grandchildren and family members.

How to Make a Family Portrait with Hanoch Piven

The remarkable Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven, guides you and your family to create family portraits from objects found in and around your house. There are two rules: (1) None of the usual art project material (e.g., pipe cleaners) please! (2) Have fun!

Talking Keepsakes

Do you have keepsakes that tell the stories of different family members throughout the generations; for example, a needlepoint or an old siddur, photos, home movies, or group texts with photos and videos?

Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs

From the wise men of Chelm to the marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Jewish people have always been able to reflect on the Jewish experience with laughter.

Tell Family Stories Your Way!

Sharing your family stories links past generations with future ones. Here are four options to record and save your family stories.

Tips for Telling Great Family Stories

We all have wonderful and meaningful family stories to tell. Susan Stone, a gifted professional storyteller, shares her secrets for bringing family stories to life.

Zayde’s Hugs and Bubbie’s Cookies

In this brief video, Ron Wolfson, renowned author, Jewish educator, and member of the Jewish Grandparents Network Board of Directors, shares memories of his Zayde and Bubbie.

Why Sharing Family Stories is Good for Your Grandchildren

There is a compelling reason to share our family stories. In the 1990s, Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush, psychologists at Emory University,

Stronger, More Resilient Children Through Family Stories

How can grandparents and parents help our children weather life’s inevitable setbacks? It turns out that the single most important thing you can do may be the simplest of all: share your family stories.