Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Storahtelling Hires New Executive Director

Storahtelling Hires New Executive Director

Storahtelling, Inc. has announced the appointment of Isaac Shalev as its new Executive Director, effective February 15th. 

As it prepares to launch its 13th year of operations with a Bar Mitzvah celebration, Storahtelling is thrilled to be adding a key player to its leadership team. 

Shalev was instrumental in launching Birthright Israel NEXT, the sister organization of Taglit-Birthright Israel which provides free first-time trips to Israel for Jewish young adults. As Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for overseeing the engagement, education and community-building activities for Jewish young adults ages 21-32 throughout the USA, with a focus on the 180,000+ alumni of the Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Shalev is widely known as a thought-leader, a builder of organizations, an educator and technology specialist. 

The transition is a tremendous milestone for the organization, currently located in residence at the 14th Street Y in lower Manhattan. 

“For everything there is a season.” said Amichai Lau-Lavie, Storahtelling’s founder. 

"Building Storahtelling from the ground up has been a tremendous adventure. With so many talented people now on board – we are ready for bigger and better. I am proud of what we’ve achieved and am excited about our next chapter." 

"Storahtelling has inspired thousands by bringing the drama of the Torah back to the synagogue,” said Shalev. 

“I'm excited to build on Amichai Lau-Lavie's pioneering work and spread the power and passion of Storahtelling to Jewish communities that are hungry for inspiration." Storahtelling, a pioneer in Jewish arts and education, informs and transforms the ways modern Jews relate to their cultural legacy, ritual celebrations and spiritual heritage. Storahtelling's signature pedagogy, The Maven Method ™, integrates Judaism’s oldest teaching tools with contemporary stagecraft and educational techniques. The organization has satellite programs operating in Colorado, California and Israel. Lau-Lavie will continue on with the organization, transitioning to the role of “Founding Director” solely focused on overseeing the organization’s work training Mavens around the world. 

"Isaac is a perfect fit for our organization and will be instrumental in enabling us to realize our full potential," said Sarah Sokolic, Storahtelling Board member who led the efforts of the search. "We have come so far already, impacting the lives of so many people through our work over the years. We are now poised for even greater successes.” 

For more information about Storahtelling log onto www.storahtelling.org.

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