An Afternoon of Sacred Storytelling











The Bet Shira Jewish Community Presents:
Hearing Lightning, Seeing Thunder: An Afternoon of Sacred Storytelling
Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 2-4pm
St. Paul’s Parish Hall (Home of Bet Shira community)
1020 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Suggested donation $12-25 ~ No one turned away


Please join the Bet Shira Congregation in welcoming a performance of Jewish Storyteller Brian Rohr as he leads us on a journey of rich storytelling and exploration, sharing one of the defining moments in Jewish sacred lore, the covenant at Sinai.  In this performance, entitled Hearing Lightning, Seeing Thunder, we will travel together as one community with Moses and our ancestors to the base of Sinai, where we as a people have regularly returned for thousands of years, ready to connect with the divine.  This program invites us to relax into this sacred story and explore themes of ritual preparation, connection, fear and awe as we delve into the meaning and mysteries of a sacred covenant.


This event is extended to all Jewish communities and individuals of the South Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula.  Bet Shira is excited to welcome you for this afternoon of coming together as a larger community.


This program is an inter-generational event intended for people of all generations, ages and family structures.


About Brian Rohr

“The oral tradition of storytelling offers insight, inspiration and meaning in our own journey as we travel our unique Jewish Path,” says Rohr.


Brian Rohr is a storyteller, writer, poet and healing arts practitioner who resides in the Pacific Northwest – a land of constant rain, Evergreen trees, mountains and the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  In 2007, Brian left his hometown of Chicago and moved to Port Townsend, WA to study with Mythologist and Master Storyteller Daniel Deardorff.  Since that time, he has found his gift and his home.


In the Summer of 2011, Brian performed and taught a workshop at the 14th International Jewish Renewal Aleph Kallah as the kick off for his Summer West Coast Tour, which also included a feature-length performance of the Jacob Story in Portland, Or. entitled: From Trickster to Patriarch: Jacob’s Initiatory Journey performed for the P’nai Or and Havurah Shalom communities.  More recently, Brian was an Artist-In-Resident at Camp Solomon Schechter, a Jewish camp located in Olympia teaching the sacred art of storytelling and performing for the campers, counselors and staff.  In Sept of 2012, while on tour in the Chicago area, he performed the Hearing Lightning, Seeing Thunder program, under a different title, for the Temple Chai Congregation’s S’lichot Service.


Brian is an active Board Member of the Mythsinger Foundation and has shared myth and stories from different cultures with national and international audiences.  He fully believes that the old stories are alive, vital and can inform us on how to live our lives as authentic human beings.  Brian is married to his beloved Sarah.