Posts Tagged ‘maggidut’

Maggidut in the ‘Cuse!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Well, chevre, it was a weekend for a life’s worth of memories and growth. A Jewish Storytelling Jamboree indeed – but far deeper and richer than the word “Jamboree” might imply.

Hundreds of people attended sessions in a half-dozen venues and even more programs: from the very youngest of tykes – pre-school! – to some of the very oldest: 104! Everywhere, Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, Carole Forman and I were blessed with the opportunity to help elevate the Spirit and souls around us through stories, teaching, songs and laughter.

The first thing you should know is that this was made possible by a generous gift of a single individual whose love for the Syracuse Jewish community cannot be overstated. While it took the work of many hands – guided by the expertise and patience of Marci Erlebacher and the Jewish Community of Syracuse – to make it all happen, this whole weekend is testimony to the fact that one person’s good acts can effect an entire community. You know who you are: thank you.

I’ve posted the details here, so as not to make this blog entry far too long. Suffice it to say that in each session, all of us learned a great deal, and I developed an even greater appreciation for the great knowledge and love for all people that is contained in that wondrous vessel carrying the name of M’ Yitzhak Buxbaum.

Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum Maggid Uriel David (Jim) Carole Forman

The Maggidut of Listening

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

We had an interesting session at Vital Conversations last night; the guest spoke about his wrestling with his faith, and how when he finally was ready to truly doubt he finally began to really live.

He is, amongst other things, a professional counselor, and so some of the conversation turned to what is required to build trust, love and relationship between people; truly listening was the obvious foundation.

So what does listening have to do with maggidut – often thought of inspirational telling?


Jammin’ with Jews: A Storytelling Weekend for All

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Listen up! A consortium including all the Jewish congregations and major Jewish institutions in the Syracuse community invites all Jews (and friends) to GET JAMMIN’ at the Jewish Storytelling Jamboree from March 27 to March 29, 2009.

Tellers-and-Teachers-in-Residence for the weekend, a gift to the community from an anonymous donor, will be inspired teacher, storyteller and author Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum; his wife, Carole Forman, an experienced dramatist, storyteller and dancer, and Central New York’s own newly-minted Maggid Jim Brulé, known to the area for his own maggidut.