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Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff
  • 48, Female
  • Reisterstown, Maryland
  • United States
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From the beginning... the gift of story

Today, I told stories to children at a synagogue in Washington, DC. The annual cycle of the Torah has begun again, and I told stories from Bereshit, the beginning. How many times have these children learned about the seven days of creation? Every year, they study this story in religious school. Yet, they are still interested. They do not tire of hearing that G-d said, "Let there be light" and that there was light. They want to hear again how the plants were brought to life, how the sun and the… Continue

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

intuition in storytelling teaching

I have not written for a long time, but I thought I would mention the importance of intuition in storytelling and storytelling teaching. Yesterday, I was working with the college students in the "Oral History of the Holocaust" class I co-teach. The students were sharing their stories with partners, still unsure where their performance pieces were headed. I had an intuition that they needed to share an image from their story with the entire class. So we sat in a circle and each student presented… Continue

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 10:52am — 2 Comments

Even though I have a bug...

Wow! Whatever has been going around has decided to bite me too. I am exhausted, I ache all over, and my cough makes me sound a bit frightening. But the advantages: my husband took our daughter to preschool, my father picked her up and I get to stay in my pajamas all day!

I spent two hours e-mailing with storytelling contacts, mostly about summer jobs. Once one of the camp directors discovered that I tell stories of women in the Torah, she asked me about telling some of these stories… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 4:01pm

Learning Each Day

I am inspired by the "Five Things I Did for my Storytelling Today" idea Buck and so many others are using. If every few days I can add even one thing, that will be a start. Something exciting... I am taking an on-line Hebrew class. As a Jewish storyteller and Jewish educator, I would like to be able to have at least some basic conversational skills in Hebrew. I can read Hebrew phonetically and I know a lot of vocabulary, but I cannot really speak the language. Tonight I began taking a weekly… Continue

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 10:51pm — 3 Comments

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At 9:21am on March 16, 2010, Slash Coleman said…
Thanks for leaving the book suggestions and wow, you've got an impressive resume. I was just up in MD telling last weekend. I'd love to connect with you some time when I'm in the area again and talk shop.
At 5:55am on October 31, 2008, Marc Young said…
10:00 on the 12th it is. Look forward to meeting you then. Shabbat Shalom.
At 1:23pm on October 29, 2008, Marc Young said…
Jennifer, Dec. 12 would be fine. What time of day did you have in mind? I'm pretty flexible during the day, but I like to be at home Friday nights for obvious reasons. I'd invite you and your family to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat and supper, but that's probably a little too complicated for a 1st meeting. Negotiating kashrut & other dietary preferences, attitudes toward driving, children's bedtimes, etc. can wait until we're past the "Hello, my name is..." stage. That said, we could meet here in Columbia or I can head out your way. Any favorite meeting spots ? -- Marc
At 12:10am on October 27, 2008, Marc Young said…
Hi Jennifer, You're right of course, Jo moved, not Diane. Yet another senior moment here. Sorry you can't make it to Tellabration this year. What does the week of Dec. 7 look like for you?
At 5:11pm on October 24, 2008, Reisa Stone said…
Hi Jennifer,

I tried posting a comment on your blog, but it wouldn't upload. I wanted to say that as a "second generation kid," I wish I could take your classes. You sound like a wonderful teacher and mentor.

Kind regards,
Reisa Stone
At 11:03pm on October 23, 2008, Marc Young said…

Diane moved to Florida a couple of months ago, so Barbara Woody is the best point of contact for 4th @ 4 now. I'm telling for adults at Tellabration this year, but my family, including my 7-yr old granddaughter-in-training (another story) will be there for the kids tales. This year the theme is 'Green', so I'm taking a break from my usual Jewish repertoire to tell the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. If I like the way it plays, I might adapt it to fit Sir Bovo for future tellings (why is this knight different from all other knights?).

I'll check my calendar for December dates when we might get together.

Abi gezint,

At 7:57pm on October 21, 2008, Marc Young said…
Hi Jennifer,
Whew! Just Simchas Torah to go and we can catch a breath 'til Hanukah.

Have you ever been to a gathering of the Fourth at Four group? We meet the Fourth Sunday of every month from 4-6 PM right off Dulaney Valley Road for storytelling and a light nosh. We also stage the local Tellabration event in Towson on the Saturday night preceding Thanksgiving. I'll be at the October meeting, and also performing at Tellabration, and I'd be delighted to have you join us for either or both. If not, let's definitely arrange to meet elsewhere to compare notes. L'hitraot, --- marc
At 1:01pm on October 3, 2008, Marc Young said…
Hi Jennifer. Sounds as though we are working pretty much the same Baltimore/Jewish market. Hope you enjoy a happy and prosperous new year. L'shana tova, -- Marc
At 12:16pm on August 27, 2008, Katye Jordan said…
Hi! Your work sounds very interesting. Interplay sounds like something I would really enjoy :) The KSU Tellers is a group of college students at Kennesaw State University in GA who travel around Atlanta and abroad telling tales. Check out the link for more details!

Katye :)
At 5:52pm on August 8, 2008, Donald James Parker said…
You have a good weekend too. BTW: My ebooks are free right now so if you want to check out my "new genre", you can do it without spending a cent.



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