What could you possibly have in common with Jewish teenagers in India, Ukraine, Belgium, or other countries around the world? A lot, says Miriam Ancis, who created Toldot (www.toldot.org), "the Online Jewish Museum of the Next Generation." When you log on to Toldot, which means "generations" and "life stories" in Hebrew, you'll travel the world meeting Jewish kids such as Shofeth in Mumbai, India, and Sasha in Simferopol, Ukraine. These and other Jewish teens on the web site introduce themselves with video profiles, photos, art, and personal journals, which explain what's on their minds and in their hearts. In this way, visitors understand that they're part of a worldwide Jewish community.
Ancis notes that since Toldot is a living Jewish history museum, the artifacts that help explain Jewish life around the globe might include a pop music CD or a photo of traditional Ethiopian bread. "Toldot is not about your grandparents' story," she tells kids. "It's about your story."