Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Storahtelling and Friends Team Up For Shavuot

Media contact: Isaac Shalev / Executive Director/ Storahtelling, Inc. / 646-395-4353 /

Storahtelling and Friends Team Up For Shavuot

New York, NY, May 31, 2011 - On June 7, 2011, Shavuot night, Storahtelling, in partnership with Limmud NY, and the 14th Street Y, will present the second annual Shavuot After Hours at the 14th Street Y in downtown Manhattan. The event will feature scholars, teachers and artists riffing on the theme of Revelation/Revolution. Highlighting the event will be the debut of Storahtelling’s new Torah scroll, which was gifted to the organization by friends and patrons at the recent Storah 13 Gala celebration. The scroll, a hundred-year old Polish survivor of two World Wars will be unveiled at a mystical moonlight ritual at the 14th Street Y.

“Revelation is not meant to be hidden away, it’s meant to inspire revolution! We want to explore Judaism’s ancient Ten Commandments so we can recover a Top Ten list of universal values that speak to our lives today.” said Amichai Lau-Lavie, Storahtelling’s founding director.

In addition to text and havruta studies led by Isaac Shalev, Storahtelling’s executive director, there will be musical workshops featuring Naomi Less, Storahtelling’s director of education and a session on comics and Torah led by David Wolkin, who is both the newly installed executive director of Limmud NY, and a Storahtelling company member.

* 8:00-8:45pm -Welcome and refreshments
The Bride and the Bread: Zohar for the night of revelation
* 9:00-9:50 pm -Choose from Tikkun sessions with
Amichai Lau-Lavie
Top ten, new and improved

-The god-less guide for the 10 commandments as universal principles for the perfect life.
Isaac Shalev
The Tablet Code

-Why were the Ten Commandments given on two tablets? Explore the hidden messages encoded into the tablets, and learn how they can guide you to living a richer life.

*10:00-10:50 pm-Choose from Tikkun sessions with
Naomi Less
Shout 'em out- and live 'em out loud

-Using elements of Storahtelling's Maven Methodology, explore the Decalogue - aka. the 10 Commandments as you may never have explored them before (starting with the word "Commandment!") Naomi Less, Storahtelling's Director of Education and Training, takes you through a musical journey with her new song "Shout 'em out - 1 to 10" just launched on to create your own meaning of the most famous 10 in history.
David Wolkin
Scanning Between the Lines

-Can we use the way that our minds process today's media as a way to find new avenues into understanding out of sacred texts?

*11:00-11:30 pm -Storahtelling Torah Debut and Moonlit Ritual

Storahtelling teaches diverse audiences to voice their own translations of ancient Jewish texts and rituals and restore their relevance for modern life. Storahtelling offers public programs, training for educators, and individual tutoring informed by a radical fusion of storytelling, Torah, contemporary stagecraft, and traditional ritual theater.

Limmud NY is a festival, a gathering of hundreds of Jews from all walks of life, all Jewish backgrounds, all lifestyles, and all ages from across the New York metropolitan area. Limmud is four days of lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, discussions, exhibits, performances and much more—all planned by a community of volunteers.

The 14th Street Y, a Jewish community center, is a vital neighborhood resource that welcomes people of all backgrounds. We provide a variety of programs with a distinctive downtown point of view, emphasizing excellence, innovation, creativity, and a questioning spirit. We are inspired by Tikkun Olam, or repair of the world, in all that we do: a value that represents and renews the vitality of our Jewish heritage and its place in our diverse and vibrant community. The 14th Street Y is part of a network of 44 programs at 27 sites provided by The Educational Alliance for all residents of Downtown Manhattan.

The sessions, music and learning begin at the 14th Street Y at 8:00 pm and conclude just before midnight. Dairy snacks and nonstop coffee will be provided through the night. The event is offered free of charge, but please BYO Cheese!

For more information, please contact:

Emily Warshaw
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY
Ph: 646-395-4321

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