Jewish Holiday Stories
Each program includes lively explanations highlighted by props and questions for those
who want to know more or share what they already know with others.
Shoshana's storytelling, singing and Torah (sacred texts) insights reflect a deep appreciation and understanding of Jewish life, culture and spirituality. Everything she does encourages listeners to awaken to God's joyous presence. Her nondenominational performances for all ages highlight Jewish wisdom drawn from traditional sources.
Shoshana continues to add new material to her repertoire. Here's a sample of some of her favorites:
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, celebrated in the fall)
Perhaps Even Higher: Learn how actions speak louder than words. Based on a story
by I. L. Peretz, translated from Yiddish by Shoshana's cousin, Eli Margolus, z"l.
The Lion and the Fox: Be your favorite animal and join the parade! Based on
a story by the Baal Shem Tov.
The Announcing Tool: Help Enoch discover the best way to wake up. Based on
a story by Marc Gellman.
Sukkot (Harvest Festival) or Tu B'Shevat (The New Year of the Trees)
Micah's Fig Tree: Sample a taste of heaven. Based on a story from "A Person is Like a Tree" by Yitzhak Buxbaum.
The Apple Tree's Discovery Be a tall tree, fly like a bird and explore
the world beneath your feet. You'll never look at apples the same way again! Adapted from a story by Penninah
Schramm and Ruth Eckstein Davies.
Hanukah (A Winter Festival of Light):
The Shammes Candle: This participatory tale by Storytelling Coach, Doug Lipman confirms that you are wonderful just the way you are.
In the Month of Kislev: This sweet tale by Nina Jaffe proves that generosity is the best policy.
Zlateh the Goat: In this classic Isaac Beshevis Singer story, a remarkable goat saves a kind boy and vice verse in time for Hanukah.
Purim (A Joyous Spring Festival):
The Whole Megilla: A beautiful Queen, a party-loving King, an evil royal advisor and the wisest guy around: perfect ingredients for a rowdy tale that invites you to drown out evil while celebrating diversity.
The Wise Shoemaker of Studena: Dress up for Purim with this fun tale of a wise shoemaker who teaches a rich merchant a lesson in disguise. Based on a story by Syd Lieberman.
Passover (A Spring Celebration of Freedom):
The Women's Courage: This participatory retelling of the Passover story celebrates the transformative power of women during a pivotal stage in Jewish history.
Shavuos (Celebrates the Receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai 7 weeks after Passover)
A Story in Honor of Shavuos: Moses breaks the 10 commandments and peace
breaks out in the Valley of Ayalon. Based on a Shavuos tale by Alec Silver, translated from Yiddish by Sharon Fitch.
The Storyteller and The Bishop: Find out what happens when the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the popular Hasidic Movement in Poland, sent out the first professional Jewish storyteller before he died on Shavuos, 1760. From "Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism" by Yitzhak Buxbaum.
Rosh Chodesh (Celebrates the new Hebrew month which begins when the moon is new)
New Moon and the Incredible Terrible Bog: Watch the moon save a traveler
while three brave women save the moon.
Shabbat (The Sabbath)
Pan de Dios: When Esperanza's challah (braided bread) rises so do her children. Based on a story by Rabbi Zalman Schachter.
The Sabbath Lion: A delightful Jewish folktale from Algeria retold by Howard Schwartz
and Barbara Rush.
A Story of Hope: Sprintza's Shabbos (Shabbat) blessings change a young man's life. From "Jewish Tales of Holy Women" by Yitzhak Buxbaum.
Gam Zu La Tova (This Too is Good): Polish rabbis learn trust from erev (the evening before) Shabbos road rage. From "The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov" by Yitzhak Buxbaum.
Hebrew Literacy Year Round
Frida's Flute: A talented young musician saves the world and learns how to read in the process.
Aleph Bet: Russian Jews find a novel way to connect with the Hebrew alphabet.