Jewish Family Services presents:

A Virtual Storytelling Workshop 
MultiFaith Storytelling Institute's
Renee Brachfeld and Rabbi Mark Novak

Thursday, February 10 at 11 a.m.

Co-founders of the MultiFaith Storytelling Institute, Rabbi/Hazzan Mark Novak and master teacher Renée Brachfeld, will train us in the art of storytelling.

This workshop will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to explore the creative process of learning and telling stories. You will come away with increased confidence and skills to lift a story off the written page and make it your own, as well as how to identify, craft, and tell personal stories.

About the Speakers:

Renée Brachfeld, MSW

Renée has been a professional storyteller and teacher since 1987. She has performed and taught at synagogues, churches and retreats throughout the US and Canada, as well as international storytelling festivals.

​Her workshops are fun and dynamic, bringing out the storyteller in each individual. She is a co-host of The Grapevine, a monthly storytelling series for adults.

At the outset of the pandemic, Renée quickly helped move all MFSI and Grapevine events online. Over the course of this difficult time, she has become a well known Zoom master. She now assists other groups and organizations with creating and running online events that maintain the warmth and interaction previously expected only from in person gatherings.

She has been heard on NPR, and her written stories have been published in ​Penina Schram’s Chosen Tales, and Goldie Milgram’s Mitzvah Stories.

Renée is also a pretty darn good juggler.

Mark Novak

Mark is a free-range rabbi, musician, composer, storyteller, and spiritual director. A master at creating sacred space, he brings with him over 40 years of professional theater experience.

​He is founder of and spiritual guide of Minyan Oneg Shabbat, Washington DC's Jewish Renewal happening, which offers a monthly session of ​Mindfulness Practice Thru a Jewish Lens.

His project - A Year of Stories - dedicated to the memory of his teacher, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi of blessed memory,

is Mark's retelling of stories gathered from a vast variety of sources.

From 1977-1986 Mark was a member of the renowned Living Stage Theater Company at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.

His original theater pieces have been performed at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian.

You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the workshop.

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