Monday, November 09, 2009

Storahtelling Maven Weekend in DC
by Alexander Greenbaum
November 11, 2009

This past weekend, Storahtellers Daliya Karnofsky and David Schiller went to Washington, D.C. to perform two different performances of "Child's Play," Parshat Vayera. The program was organized by Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement of the Washington DCJCC (GLOE), in collaboration with Bet Mishpachah Congregation and Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a marvelous weekend. Storahtelling brought the Torah to life for two communities that often find it difficult to connect with out ancient texts (the LGBT Jewish community and those with special needs). The room was packed for the joint Friday night GLOE-Bet Mishpachah serivce and judging by the laughing, discussion and positive comments from those who attended, the event was enjoyed by all and provided a very meaningful experience.

For me personally, the Shabbat morning Storahtelling event was even more exciting. Volunteers from GLOE and Bet Mishpachah assisted with the event at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. I am not exactly sure how many residents attended, but the room was chocker-block. Though many of the residents did not fully understand that story, the fun matter in which it was presented, the singing and the opportunity to participate in the service were a big hit! Quite a number of residents came up for all three group aliyot and the excitement on their faces as they made the brachot was priceless. Approximately five residents mentioned that it reminded them of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Storahtelling truly is opening up the Torah to the entire Jewish community.

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