Jewish Storytelling Coalition

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Talking LeavesPeninnah Schram

The Talking Leaves Award is presented to those members of our community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of storytelling as authors, editors or collectors.

We are so proud to share the news about the award from the National Storytelling Network!!
Way to go, Peninnah!! We refer to your books all the time and can even hear your voice. 
Love from the JSC!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The First Occasional Storytelling Swap at Havurat Shalom

The First Occasional Storytelling Swap at

Havurat Shalom

With a Special Invitation to The Jewish Storytelling Coalition

March 19, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Havurat Shalom will be joined by some members of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition in a story swap. 
Nu? What’s a Story Swap?
Well some listeners (tales need listeners) and tellers gather to honor the teller and the tale. Some tellers will be experienced and others not at all. The leader asks who has a story to share, figures out a time limit (perhaps 5 minutes or 10) for each teller and decides who tells when.
 We ask that the tales come from what we learned from being Jewish. They can be from the centuries of lore from Midrash to Modern times; or original; or personal tales.  We invite persons of all ages.
 This will not be a pot luck dinner. But bringing nosh would be considered praiseworthy, and some ice cream would be considered an act of kindness.
 So, come, sit, listen, tell, enjoy.
We ask that you consider contributing a little to the Havurat for graciously hosting this.
Havurat Shalom
113 College Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Peninnah Schram, YU Professor Emerita, co-authored an article that appears in the current Hadassah Magazine and presented a session at a recent Seminar on Education in Israel:

        JSC continues to be proud and inspired by Penninah's adventures!

1. Peninnah Schram, YU Professor Emerita, and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso co-authored the article, "The Way We Were: Love in Letters," that appears in the January-February 2017 issue of Hadassah Magazine, pp. 22-25. This article is based on the love letters section of their most recent book, Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends and Letters, co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

2. Peninnah Schram, YU Professor Emerita, was invited to present a talk about storytelling at a recent Seminar in Israel that was sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Education. She presented her talk, "Storytelling as a Tool for Promoting Speaking in a Classroom," on Thursday December 29, 2016 to an audience of 80 educators from English Departments who are involved with the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in schools throughout Israel.Since the seminar's focus was on increasing dialogue in English from elementary through high schools in Israel, Peninnah's emphasis was on telling participatory stories in the classroom to inspire students to enter into the "dialogue" more actively and in more creative ways.