Posts Tagged ‘Storytelling’

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

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.

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Feedback from Camp Healing Hearts

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Last month I took on the challenge of working with a much younger audience than I am accustomed to. Here’s what the director, Heather Hay, had to say:

“Jim Brulé is a magical story teller who thrilled our campers at Camp Healing Hearts with a unique presentation of classic and original stories. He was dynamic and engaging, and his willingness to share his gift of storytelling supported our mission of encouraging the grieving children at our camp to share their own stories to facilitate healing and positive coping. Hats off to Jim Brulé for a fantastic presentation!”