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My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant's Tale

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

my attic, your storyWe are a nation of immigrants. Many Jewish families are descendants of the 2.4 million Eastern European émigrés who came here from 1880-1920.

The universal assimilation story is brought back to life using my family’s 120-year collection. This exhibit will showcase everyday themes, such as food, Jewish life & celebrations, weddings, school, business and fashion. The materials personalize how world and family history intersect.

Fate has chosen me to be a tour guide into the past. I inherited grandma’s house, a living, breathing museum. Decades of forgotten materials were excavated. Learning about world history, languages and family reminded me that this is a microcosm for all of us.

My attic is a placeholder for all our stories. You will see things that might have been in your own families’ attic. Through struggles and achievement, assimilation and acculturation emerge. An extraordinary journey is relived through ordinary items.

Every immigrant's tale is unique, yet they are all the same. From family to family, generation to generation, and century to century we have all traveled this path. Explore your past and thank your heirs for making your life possible.

This exhibit will be on view at the Oshman JCC Goldman Sports Center. Enjoy a docent tour led by Roslyn Sholin on Tuesday, October 17, 1pm.


# Sessions
Date & time

Exhibition dates: September 13 – November 1

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Sep 13 10:00 AM–10:00 AM Wed OFJCC Roslyn Sholin


Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto, CA 94306



Roslyn Sholin

Roslyn Sholin is a Creative Director (budding archivist, historian, curator and story-teller). Using a multi-disciplinary approach, she has become a storyteller, someone who can transform decades of materials into educationally rich content. The Yiddish Book Center interviewed her as part of the Wexler oral history project (web page citation). An earlier work, ‘Eat Pray Love Yiddish Style’ is a slide show that shows cradle to grave use of Yiddish as the lingua franca of an earlier generation. She regularly contributes commentary for the New York Times, most recently discussing challah baking using olive oil.

Elinoar Almagor is a graphic designer, a curator and an art educator specializing in museums. Almagor is actively engaged in the Bay Area Jewish community and works with local museums such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the San Jose museum of Art and the Palo Alto Art Center in education and exhibition design. Her passion is to create meaningful museum experiences, connecting people to art and culture, and to each other, promoting creativity, communication and collaboration.