3rd Annual Jewish Storytelling Event - Feb 6
Storytelling Opens Jewish Community Arts Series
Storytelling is magic! To hear a story is to have an experience that moves us to a time and place we’ve never been. Stories help us feel and think and lead us to new worlds and new understandings. Listening to stories can connect us to the past, to each other, to deeper parts of ourselves, and to the vast possibilities that life can hold.
In fact, almost every culture has storytelling in its past. It was the way, long before books were available, that custom, culture, and morality were passed from one generation to the next. In 2016, with readily available books, movies, television, radio, internet, telephone, and more, storytelling is still a very popular genre. There are no shortages of events including festivals and conferences that provide many opportunities for listening to storytelling. Such happenings geared to every age group, from the very young to the most senior, are available throughout our area.
Storytelling is coded communication. Different people understand the words in different ways. Adults understand the sociology and history while children understand the action. Storytelling requires verbal clues and conventions. While the child and adult may laugh at the same words, they are hearing the same story on different levels.
On February 6, Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, will be the venue for an enchanting evening of Jewish themed storytelling. Jewish life has a long tradition of storytelling. “To hear a Jewish story is to share the humor and warmth, wisdom and angst, earthiness and spirituality of an ancient and thoroughly modern, diverse, and irrepressible group of people bearing a most remarkable history.” Storytelling has been a means of defining the Jewish identity, the ethnic distinctiveness as a Jew.
As a member of a unique community, Jews tell and retell stories. The telling of stories is the way we share historical happenings and create a cultural history. “There is a captivating gift for storytelling,” says Phyllis Wang Coordinator of Saratoga Jewish Community Arts. “It is not just a reading or recitation of a story. It is a passionate interpretation of a tale so that the listener is transported through time and place.”
Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, with the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, presents its third Annual Storytelling Event featuring both local and regional storytellers retelling both traditional and contemporary tales. What all of these individuals have in common is their love of storytelling. In this program, they will share their passion for storytelling with the audience.
Included in our lineup are Beth Sabo Novik - facilitator, teacher, and transformational speaker; Shawn Banner - artist, teacher of art, and an educator focusing on math intervention; Sandor (Sandy) Schuman - President of Executive Decision Services LLC, author, facilitator, and communications specialist; Jeannine Laverty - professional storyteller and co-host of Open Mic Storytelling at Caffe Lena; and Martina Zobel - Jewish Educator who uses story to enrich students of all ages.
Please join us for dinner, dessert, and a selection of stories to fill the mind, the heart and the soul. Experience the closing of Shabbat with the beautiful Havdalah ceremony and sit back for an engaging and entertaining family-centered evening of stories. The dinner program will begin at 5:30 p.m. A $10 donation per adult and $5 per child is requested. For reservations, please email email@example.com or call 518-584-8730, opt. 2.