Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A note from Amichai


By Amichai Lau-Lavie

Dear Storah Friend,

Today, July 1, 2008, Storahtelling is thrilled to start off a new fiscal year – celebrating nine years of success and getting ready for our second decade of transformative Jewish programming.

Our growth and impact in recent years has as much to do with our important and timely mission of promoting accessible Judaic literacy and social awareness as it does with the support and encouragement of friends like you. THANK YOU for the continued faith and investment in the future of Storahtelling.

As “STORAHTEN” kicks in I’d like to share with you three important news bulletins:

Click here for our Year End Report – full of highlights, achievements, good news and reports from the front lines of the Jewish world.

From September 2008 through June 2009 I will be taking a Sabbatical! I am honored to have been accepted by the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem for their newly redesigned year-long Mandel Fellows in Jewish Education Program. During my fellowship I am looking forward to focusing on lessons learned from the experience of the Storahtelling start-up phase, and future broadcast of the Storahtelling technique and methodology to even wider audiences worldwide. One of my key goals is the completion of the Storahtelling book – the literary, political, cultural, and liturgical history of the Torah Service and its accompanying oral translation mode. I am excited about the prospects of thinking big, outside the realm of my daily responsibilities, enabling me to plan ahead with wise mentorship and support. I will be back periodically, though – starting off with leading the High Holidays Services with Storahtelling and Tribeba Hebrew this coming fall.

Read more about the Mandel Program here.

I am able to leave Storahtelling for the year with the knowledge that fantastic people are on board taking care of business. Sarah Sokolic, in her role as Associate Executive Director, is stepping up to a full time position and will continue her admirable leadership of the company. I am thrilled to announce that two new staff members are joining us this coming month: Maggie Richter, our new Director of Development, and Tehilah Eisenstadt, Program Director for Raising the Bar – our B’nai Mitzvah program. The rest of our team stays on – Naomi Less, Jake Goodman, Franny Silverman, Mabel Bermejo and Daliya Karnovsky - aided by our great interns Jonathan Tarlin, Sam Hirsch, and Taylor Ross - all are doing an amazing job, supported by the generous and tireless work of our Board of Directors, supporters and investors.

I look forward to celebrating with you during Storahtelling’s tenth year, and beyond – stay tuned for details about our forthcoming programs.

Wishing you a great summer,


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