SARATOGA SPRINGS–Saratoga Jewish Community Arts (SJCA), in partnership with Temple Sinai presents its seventh annual Jewish storytelling event featuring both local and regional storytellers on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The Zoom program will showcase storytellers Shawn Banner, artist, teacher of art, and educator; Sylvia Bloom, educator, professor of voice, actress, opera singer, and recitalist; Jeanine Laverty, teacher of ESL and storytelling; David Liebschutz, management consultant, life coach, and college professor; Beth Sabo Novik, facilitator, teacher, and transformational speaker; Sandy (Sandor) Shuman, storyteller, musician and educator; and Martina Zobel, Jewish educator.

“Storytelling has been a means of defining the Jewish identity, the ethnic distinctiveness as a Jew,” said Phyllis Wang, coordinator of the Saratoga Jewish Community Arts. “To hear a Jewish story is to share the humor, wisdom and angst, earthiness and spirituality of an ancient and thoroughly modern, diverse, and irrepressible group of people bearing an extraordinary history.”  She added “The telling of stories is the way Jews share historical happenings and create a cultural history.”

The Saratoga Jewish Community Arts Storytelling program has been renamed in memory of Matthew M. Neugroschel, a frequent contributor to Community Arts and the Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival, a creative and remarkable storyteller whose life was cut short this past year. Neugroschel had degrees in literature, fine art, and law, and concentrated on the American Civil Rights Movement

Registration  will allow access to the Zoom link and may be obtained by emailing sjca.sjcf@gmail.com.