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Stories: Good for the Jews

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

By Larry Smith

In honor of Passover, the Jewish holiday I enjoy most because of its great story (frogs, an exodus, matzoh—a tough tale to beat), fun family gathering, and abundance of brisket, I’m posting about Storahtelling, an old but great storytelling project.

“In the beginning, story mattered,” offers Storahtelling’s mission statement. “Woven through the generations, sacred stories charted community courses and mapped individual life journeys.” Storahtelling’s storytellers travel to local schools, synagogues, summer camps theaters—even Second Life—to retell the traditional Torah readings via live events that mix performance art, comedy, and conversation to bring “5,000 years of Judaic heritage to the 21st century.” The nonprofit was founded by Amichai Lau-Lavie, who the Denver Westword called, “a Judaic Pied Piper who spins gold out of the inherent drama of biblical legends and scripture.” I bet he throws one rockin’ sedar.

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