Rabbi Lau’s nephew – fusing storytelling, Torah, contemporary performance art and traditional theatre

Rabbi Lau will be an honoured visitor to Sydney and Australia. His nephew, Amichai Lau-Lavie, in US and Israel, is carving a career in Torah but with a difference. It is called Storahtelling. 

As he says – “In the beginning, story mattered. Woven through the generations, sacred stories charted community courses and mapped individual life journeys. Today, many are denied access to the relevance and transformative power of their inherited legacies. The People of the Book often don’t know what’s in it. Bridging past and present, Storahtelling makes story matter again. Using an innovative fusion of scholarship, storytelling, performing arts and new media, the programs reclaim the narratives and traditions that define Jewish life yet have failed to adapt to modern times. Their goal is to add to the excitement of learning Torah and Jewish tradition.

AMICHAI LAU-LAVIE is the Founder, Executive and Artistic director of Storahtelling. An Israeli-born teacher of Jewish Literature and performance artist, he is described as “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the NY Jewish Week, “iconoclastic mystic” by Time OUT NY, and “a Judaic Pied Piper who spins gold out of the inherent drama of biblical legends and scripture” by the Denver Westword. Amichai studied at various yeshivot, including the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Elul Center in Jerusalem. Between 1992 and 1996 he directed the summer programs at Melitz: the Jewish Zionist Centers in Jerusalem, focusing on the integration of Jewish education via the arts. His theatrical experience as a writer and performer includes the Theatre Company Jerusalem, The Acco Theatre Group in Israel and the Avodah Dance Ensemble in the U.S.

Read here to find out more about Storahtelling.

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