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R&B in the Sukkah: Stories, Signs and Shretelech with Maggid David Arfa

Sunday, October 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am


Have you ever seen any Shretelech? Others call them elves, fairies, or gnomes; but Jews from Eastern Europe call them by their Yiddish name, Shretelech. You’ve never seen one?  I’m not surprised.  I’ve been fooled many times, hearing a knocking in the trees, hoping it may be a Shretele working on their home, but alas…woodpeckers all.  However, today will be different!

Together we will search for the Shretelech right at Temple Israel. Our sense of wonder, radical amazement and natural blessings will help guide us. We will start in the Sukkah, wander to the garden, look sharply and listen closely for their signs. Along the way we’ll learn about their lives, hear some stories and help them celebrate Sukkot.

Small Print: Shretelech Expeditions does not guarantee the actual meeting of a Shretelech during our outing. Shretelech Expeditions may cause side effects including but not limited to the enlargement of the imagination along with the uncontained experience of joy.

THIS EVENT IS FOR ALL AGES! This event will take place outside in the sukkah and in the yard– if there’s heavy rain we will be inside. We will provide snacks and drinks. Please register for this event by emailing alyssa(at)templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Maggid David is dedicated to celebrating Judaism’s storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. He has produced two award winning storytelling CD’s, ‘The Birth of Love’ and ‘The Tales of Herschel of Ostropol’, and created a full-length storytelling performance, “The Jar of Tears: A Memorial for the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto”. This performance won the Charles Hildebrandt Holocaust Studies Award in honor of its artistic excellence, depth of vision and technical mastery.  For the past 10 years, he has led Shabbat-inspired contemplative services at the High Ledges Audubon Sanctuary near his home in the Berkshire Foothills. In the past years, David has retrained as a spiritual care counselor and has worked at several community hospitals where he developed specialties in trauma informed care, addiction and spirituality, and listening to grief. David currently oversees bereavement services for Baystate Health Hospice. To view other writing and programs, please visit www.maggiddavid.net