Storahtelling

Posted on June 26, 2014

On Friday, June 6, MJCBY experienced its first “Storahtelling.” Written and directed by Rabbi Amy Joy Small, with coordination assistance from Ellen Nesson, this event was part of a growing trend to recreate the storytelling of Torah that was formerly common during Second Temple days. About 2,500 years ago, the Torah was acted out on market days by a troupe of actors led by a Maven, the local translator and storyteller. Our story, presented just after Shavuot, had Moses confronting his self-doubts at the foot of Mt. Sinai and being inspired by Jacob to see that he (Moses) and all the people were holy and should trust in Hashem. In between segments, Rabbi Small led interactive sessions and there were musical interludes. The cast included Rabbi Small as the Maven, Darcy Schleifstein as the Narrator, Brad Bolnick as Moses, Paul Green as Jacob, Barbara Kavadias as Hashem and Beth Hancock as the Eagle. Special thanks to Moshe Vaknin and his band for the wonderful music. Everyone present had a wonderful time and we hope to be able to produce another Storahtelling event soon.

 

Right to left, Rabbi Amy Small leads the Storahtelling players: Brad Bolnick, Paul Green, Beth Hancock, Barbara Kavadias and Darcy Schleifstein.

Right to left, Rabbi Amy Small leads the Storahtelling players: Brad Bolnick, Paul Green, Beth Hancock, Barbara Kavadias and Darcy Schleifstein.