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Hudson Valley Writers To Examine Jewish Culture

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center will examine stories and songs from Jewish culture as a mini-fundraiser on August 28 at 4:30 p.m.

The center is bringing together storyteller Arthur Strimling, cantor Lisa B. Segal and a klezmer musician as part of its “Fables, Parables & Songs: The Humor & Wisdom of the Jewish People” event.

“To hear a Jewish story (and song) is to share the humor and warmth, wisdom and angst, earthiness and spirituality of an ancient and thoroughly modern, divers and irrepressible group of people bearing a most remarkable history,” the center’s press release states.

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is charging $15 admission for this event, which will take place in its home in the Philipse Manor Train Station. Proceeds from the tickets are tax-deductible. The center will open its doors for the performances at 4 p.m.

Strimling is the founding artistic director of Roots&Branches Intergenerational Theater and the co-editor of Mitzvah Tales. He is also the storyteller in residence at Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

“(Strimling) writes and performs Jewish stories, contemporary midrash (retelling, additions, or twists on Torah stories), and tales from Congregation/Yahh!, the neo-Hasidic Post Modern-Ortho Reconstructionist community,” according to the center’s press release.

Segal serves as a founding member, Chazzan and music director of Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives. She has also performed “original and traditional jazz standards and Jewish music with a twist” with other artists in three shows titled “Off The Bimah.”

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center publishes a schedule of events on its website .

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