Shaarie Torah brings to town Portland's Jewish Storytelling Festival

What’s more Jewish than a great story?  

“Stories and storytelling are fundamental to the Jewish worldview,” says Rabbi Josh Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah.  In celebration of this, Shaarie Torah is pleased to host Tell It Like It Is: Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival this upcoming May 2 & 3 with featured Storytellers: Maggid Cassandra Sagan, Sacred Storyteller Brian Rohr and Musician/Teller Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera

The Jewish Federation of Portland is co-sponsoring.  This Festival will bring together classical and maggid-style storytelling, The Moth-style personal narrative Emceed by Boaz Frankel, storytelling workshops for those who want to learn the art, and even events for kids.  The Festival culminates in a performance by the magnificent Bohemian cabaret ensemble Vagabond Opera.

“Each story in the Torah and stories from our sages points us toward some new way to comprehend the world,” continues Rabbi Rose, “We even derive law from these narratives.  But even beyond the Torah, stories from our collective past and family legend are just so much a part of how we make sense of the Jewish experience.” 

About the event, Rabbi Rose says, “The event is going to be a lot of fun – some professional master storytellers in the classic mode, some maggidot trained in the Jewish spiritual tradition, some Moth-style, edgier kind of stuff, and some really great music.  This will be a great event for the whole community – for people who are plugged in Jewishly looking to explore storytelling in greater depth, people who are into storytelling and are curious about the Jewish angle and for people who are just looking for something engaging.”

You can learn more about the storytellers as well as purchase tickets at:

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, May 2 - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Donation based, collected after Shabbat

Please join Shaarie Torah in an evening Storytelling concert with the featured tellers:  Cassandra Sagan, Brian Rohr and Eric Stern.  The evening will end with a beautiful Havdalah service lead by Rabbi Josh Rose.

Sunday, May 3 - 1:00 - 7:30 p.m.
$36 whole days events; $18 for only evening concert*

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. – The Maggidot of Portland 
Rivkah Cobum, Melissa Carpenter, Batya Podos & Devorah Spilman will share their wisdom and stories.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. – The Moth-Style (Personal Narrative) Concert
Boaz Frankel will be Emceeing this cutting edge personal narrative event by
non-professional tellers, telling high quality stories.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Storytelling Workshops Session / Kids Story-Time with Devorah Spilman
Featured Tellers Cassandra Sagan and Brian Rohr will each be teaching a workshop.

During this time, children and families are invited to attend a special hour of stories geared towards children with the ever popular Devorah Spilman

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. - DINNER

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.– Evening Concert w/ Vagabond Opera & the Featured Tellers
This evening concert will open with Featured tellers Cassandra Sagan and Brian Rohr each sharing stories.  At 6:30 p.m. Eric Stern will join the rest of Vagabond Opera for an hour of Story-Songs.

* Please note that Preschool Families can attend the Kids Story Time and the Evening Concert for only $36 for the whole family.


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