Monday, July 28, 2008

July 24 - A new day for Storahtelling.

By Naomi Less

Storah On The Road

Today 15 educators, including classroom teachers, assistant and associate rabbis, tutors, both veteran and new, representing three different Reform synagogues on the east side of Manhattan joined together with their colleagues to share in learning and skill-building with Storahtelling's Director of Education and Training, Naomi Less. Today was part one of a three-part intensive training seminar, built off of the StorahLAB educational training model.

Central Synagogue's Education Director, Yonni Wattenmaker, invited participation from Temple Shaarey Tefila and Temple Emanuel to join in the first of three intensives. Storahtelling aims to equip these institutions to utilize Storahtelling's Cool Tool for School.

This training marks the third group of educators that are interested in building local cohorts to learn together with Storahtelling tools and staffing support. Metrowest JCC's Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, led by Bob Lichtman and Suzi Wainer sent a group of 5 educators from NJ to the StorahLAB Training Institute this past week, as did the Boston BJE with four educators from the Boston area.

Storahtelling's philosophy in our training programs is to embody the Talmudic concept of teaching others how to "fish" - equipping communities with the skills to bring the ancient art of translation and interpretation to synagogue schools and Jewish life in general.

Pictured, Naomi Less, Director of Education and Training leads the NY group through the Cool Tool for School curriculum first lesson, "Listen Up" - which enables participants to decode and translate the Shma for themselves.

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