Come join Ruth Gilbert for a Havurah Hangout
The Joy of Jewish Storytelling
Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm
56 N. Pleasant st.
Something magical, and unexplainable, happens to me while I am telling a story. My objective is to have my words form pictures in the mind’s eye of the listeners. Together we are on a journey, but only one of us knows where the path will lead. Jewish stories present an ethnic connection for us as Jews. There is a familiarity that allows us to go deeper into the stories and characters.
Stories find me. I might be reading an anthology or volume of short stories when I feel a connection or see some pictures in my mind of a particular story and know that is one I want to tell. Then the process begins of finding what my connection is to the characters. It is the work that storytellers go through. Sometimes I don’t know until I am in the midst of telling it and then I have an ahh-haa moment.