Union for Reform Judaism    

Jewish Storytelling Workshop
to be scheduled

OSRUI's newest program for storytellers, clergy, educators, youth workers, camp staff and all those who enjoy the world of Jewish stories.

The 2013 Maggid® Workshop featured

Maggid faculty 2013

Danny Maseng, Marilyn Price and Jordan Hill

along with

Dreskin Moss 2

Cantor Ellen Dreskin and Fran Uditsky Moss

2015 faculty to be announced

Scroll down to read about the 2013 faculty.

The Maggid® Storytelling Workshop is designed to provide storytellers, worship leaders and youth workers with new material as well as guided opportunities to hone skills and share experiences with other participants.

Participants will have several opportunities to choose from a variety of sessions including Master Classes, Best Practices for all ages, Props and Puppetry, Chassidic Stories, Stories in Worship, Improvisation, Educational Techniques and Tools, Enlivening Torah, Making the Secular Sacred, Children as Storytellers, Music in Stories, and more... The schedule will also include Story Sharing and Open Mic sessions.

Read Cantor Ellen Dreskin's blogpost:
A Story Well-Told; for the People of the Book

Read Marilyn Price's blogpost:
Tell Me a Story: The Power of Telling Tales

Read Stacey Zisook Robinson's blogpost
In Honor of Maggid: What's Your Story?

Dowload a list of the workshops that were offered at Maggid 2013.

2015 tuition to be determined, 2013 tuition was $395 for the Workshop which includes lodging, meals and all programming and materials. Semi-private housing is available in the Schaalman Lodge, the Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center, and the Bayit (rooms with 2 twin beds and private or adjoining bath). A limited number of private rooms are available for $100 additional.

How to Register
Registration opens fall 2014. At that time you will be able to click on the link to online registration near the bottom of this page. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. After you register online, finalize your registration by mailing your check made payable to OSRUI to: Maggid/OSRUI, 1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D, Deerfield IL 60015.

We regret that we cannot accept payment by credit card as we are trying to keep the costs as reasonable as possible.

The Maggid Storytelling Workshop takes place at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the regional camp of the Union for Reform Judaism in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, located between Milwaukee and Madison. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to camp. The nearest airport is Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE / Mitchell Field). The best time to arrive at the Milwaukee Airport is between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The camp is also a 2-hour drive from O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

Van Service to Camp
We recommend 
GO Riteway which offers van service to the camp at a discounted rate from the Milwaukee Airport (Mitchell Field).

Maggid® Storytelling Workshop Cancellation Policy
There is a $75 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be made in writing. We regret we cannot give refunds for cancellations less than three days (72 hours) in advance of the program.

2013 Maggid® Storytelling Workshop Faculty bios

Danny MasengDanny Maseng
Born in Israel to American parents, Danny Maseng is a playwright, actor, singer, writer and composer. He is a frequent faculty member of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, Interfaith Dialogues, Limmud and many other national and international institutes and conferences. A much sought after Scholar- and Artist-in-Residence, Danny travels the world, inspiring, teaching and rekindling the love of Judaism through Torah, Kabbalah, Jewish Culture and the Arts. Danny has recently completed his first novel, Singularities, and his musical Let There Be Light will have its Los Angeles premiere in April. Danny is an extraordinary and uniquely gifted musician, teacher, performer and storyteller.

Marilyn PriceMarilyn Price
Marilyn Price weaves a finely crafted performance filled with storytelling and wisdom. From traditional folktales to original works, Marilyn captivates audiences of all ages. Her stories are carefully selected, and told with irresistible wit and detail deserving of the story and the audience. Combining entertainment with some of life's most treasured values, this nationally acclaimed storyteller, author, educator and puppeteer inspires her audiences to open their minds and their hearts. As a teacher, historian, craftsman or entertainer, the result is always the same: Marilyn moves her hands, tells the story and the audience comes to life!

Marilyn's specialty as a designer in the field of Professional Development includes the training of educators to design their own style of telling to reach all learners. Skillful in the art of focused listening she helps create an environment of learning surrounded with joy. Her role as an interpreter of Torah helps people place themselves within the text for extended interactions with their faith.

Jordan HillJordan Hill
Jordan Hill is a professional Jewish storyteller, educator, and maggid. Whether in synagogues or religious schools, at festivals or on his recordings, Jordan weaves Jewish tales filled with energy, enchantment, and a deep sense of the sacred. He has worked with many people -- from children and teenagers to teachers and parents -- to help them develop their own innate storytelling abilities and tap into the spirit of the stories of our deep tradition, allowing their blessings to flow out and uplift us all.

Ellen Dreskin 2Cantor Ellen Dreskin
Cantor Dreskin is the Coordinator of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Certification Program. She is an innovative leader in today’s Reform Movement. Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism. She has worked with Jews of all denominations throughout the United States, both as a scholar-in-residence and in her capacity as past Director of Programs for Synagogue 2000, a national, not-for-profit institute dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America.

Fran Moss 2Fran Uditsky Moss
Emmy Award winner, Fran Moss, is an actress, folk singer, storyteller, puppeteer and Cantorial Soloist who has traveled across the country as a performer, teacher, guest artist and keynote speaker including appearances at Carnegie Hall and for a First Lady. For years, Fran was a Ready to Learn Educator with PBS-TV and also appeared on the award winning CBS-TV children's show, "The Magic Door." Fran’s passion in life is to inspire individuals, both children and adults, to look at the world through the creative lens we all possess. Fran truly feels believes that, “When we sing together and share our stories, we reach each other’s hearts and souls.”

For more information or to be added to our mailing list,
please contact Barbara Gordon at 847-239-6984 or
bgordon@urj.org .

This program is underwritten in part through
a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.

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