Win Tickets ($70): Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival Tell It Like It Is | Featuring Cassandra Sagan, Brian Rohr & Eric Stern, Workshops

We are giving away a pair of all-day tickets to Tell It Like It Is: Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival on May 3. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Wednesday, April 29.

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Jewish Storytelling Fest FINAL POSTCARD 4 x 6 (683x1024)Tell It Like It Is: Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival
May 2-3, 2015
Saturday 7-9:30 p.m. / Doors 6:30 p.m. | Donations
Sunday 1-7:30 p.m. / Doors 12:30 p.m. | $36 Whole Day
Sunday 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | $18
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Congregation Shaarie Torah
920 Northwest 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210

“Stories and storytelling are fundamental to the Jewish worldview.” says Rabbi Rose. In celebration of this, Shaarie Torah is pleased to host Tell It Like It Is: Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival this upcoming May 2 & 3 with featured Storytellers: Maggid Cassandra Sagan, Sacred Storyteller Brian Rohr and Musician/Teller Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera. The Jewish Federation of Portland is co-sponsoring.

This Festival will bring together classical and maggid-style storytelling, The Moth-style personal narrative Emceed by Boaz Frankel, storytelling workshops for those who want to learn the art, and even events for kids. The Festival culminates in a performance by the magnificent Bohemian cabaret ensemble Vagabond Opera.

“Each story in the Torah and stories from our sages points us toward some new way to comprehend the world,” continues Rabbi Rose, “We even derive law from these narratives. But even beyond the Torah, stories from our collective past and family legend are just so much a part of how we make sense of the Jewish experience.”

Rabbi Rose says, “The event is going to be a lot of fun – some professional master storytellers in the classic mode, some maggidot trained in the Jewish spiritual tradition, some Moth-style, edgier kind of stuff, and some really great music. This will be a great event for the whole community – for people who are plugged in Jewishly looking to explore storytelling in greater depth, people who are into storytelling and are curious about the Jewish angle and for people who are just looking for something engaging.”

Saturday, May 2 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Donation based, collected after Shabbat
Please join Shaarie Torah in an evening Storytelling concert with the featured tellers: Cassandra Sagan, Brian Rohr and Eric Stern.

Sunday, May 3 – 1:00 – 7:30 p.m.
$36 whole day’s events; $18 for only evening concert*

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. – The Maggidot of Portland
Rivkah Cobum, Melissa Carpenter, Batya Podos & Devorah Spilman perform sharing their wisdom and stories.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. – The Moth-Style (Personal Narrative) Concert
Boaz Frankel will be Emceeing this cutting edge personal narrative event by non-professional tellers, telling high quality stories.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Storytelling Workshops Session / Kids Story-Time with Devorah Spilman
Featured Tellers Cassandra Sagan and Brian Rohr will each be teaching a workshop.
During this time, children and families are invited to attend a special hour of stories geared towards children with the ever popular Devorah Spilman

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – DINNER

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.– Evening Concert w/ Vagabond Opera & the Featured Tellers
This evening concert will open with Featured tellers Cassandra Sagan and Brian Rohr each sharing stories. At 6:30 p.m. Eric Stern will join the rest of Vagabond Opera for an hour of Story-Songs.

*Please note that Preschool Families can attend the Kids Story Time and the Evening Concert for only $36 for the whole family.

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4 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival Tell It Like It Is | Featuring Cassandra Sagan, Brian Rohr & Eric Stern, Workshops

  1. Mark Cohen April 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful evening that would make a great family tradition!

  2. Marco April 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    This style of storytelling preserves an important mechanism of cultural identity. It offers value to all people seeking to make sense of a confusing world.

  3. Leslie Petcher April 24, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    This looks interesting and a very new experience. I would like to win tickets and share them with my husband who is very interested in participating in this event!

  4. Danielle April 24, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    This sounds like such a fascinating event. In addition I’ve been trying to catch a vagabond opera show for a while now.

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