Shoshana Litman is Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (a female Jewish storyteller, inspirational speaker and teacher).
She received ordination (S’micha) in May 2008 from Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum of Brooklyn.
Shoshana’s interactive storytelling inspires audiences of all ages to awaken to the deeper joys of life. Shoshana’s engaging stories and songs enliven festivals, classrooms, workshops, conferences, parties, AGMs and and other celebrations. Click on “Events” for more info.
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To arrange an event with Shoshana by Zoom during the pandemic or in person after, please click here
During non-pandemic times, Shoshana offers regular, fun Storytimes at Shalom, Fernwood & CTots Child Care Centres & the Fernwood Mothergoose Program as well as Strong Start Programs @ Macaulay and Craigflower Elementary. She also enjoys sharing stories at local schools, seniors centres, libraries, theatres and other venues.
Shoshana inspired more than 980 Southern Ontario students @ 15 venues during the TD Canadian Childrens’ Book Week Tour in 2018 & visited 12 Montreal venues in 2012. She has performed at The St. John’s Storytelling Festival in October 2018, TALES: The Alberta Storytelling Festival in May 2017, the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles in 2016, the Nelson Storytelling Festival in 2013 and toured New Zealand in 2013.
Maggidah Shoshana Litman is a full-of-life, full-of-song, full-of-movement storyteller. She can transform an audience by the power of her holy belief in tikkun olam, the world finally at peace, made right under the direction of the Divine– Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, Director, The Jewish Spirit Maggid Training Program, Brooklyn, New York
We all delighted in Shoshana’s moving work. The resonant notes of the songs Shoshana welcomed us to share, will stay with me always.– Kailey Bryan, St. John’s Storytelling Festival Administrator, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Shoshana’s stories are magical! She enriched the (ESL) course unit on storytelling by not only demonstrating how to tell a story but also explaining the techniques at the end of her presentation. I look forward to having her back.– Sarah Harrison, Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian, Saanich Centennial, Greater Victoria Public Library, Saanich, B.C.
The children loved Shoshana’s humorous, thoughtful and gentle stories. Many students had never heard a storyteller before, yet they were enthusiastic and engaged even without “pictures.” This is a great gift and skill which Shoshana has in abundance.– Bonnie Farmer; Teacher, Author and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week English Language Tour Coordinator, Montreal, Quebec
Shoshana’s interactive storytelling sessions are inspiring, not only because they are told so masterfully, but because her warmth, kindness and sincerity shine through and keep Shoshana’s stories alive long after her words have faded away.– Donna Lach, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Westmount Public Library, Montreal, PQ
Everyone was so pleased with Shoshana’s Earth Day performance. Both staff and students thought it was wonderful!– Laurie Tighe, Teacher, Millstream Elementary School, Langford, B.C.
Shoshana loves what she does so much, who can resist?– Syd Lieberman (z”l, may his memory be for a blessing), Storyteller, Chicago, Illinois
People talked about Shoshana’s stories all day!– Susan Hallatt, Community Planner, Victoria, B.C.
We really enjoy time spent with Shoshana and learn much from the stories that she has to share. It is a great experience for us all.– Sue McKerracher, Teacher, Pacific Christian High School, Victoria, B.C.
Shoshana’s songs and stories are great and I would strongly recommend that folks see her perform live if they can.– Doug Banner, Storyteller, Bellingham, Washington