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Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale

Presented by Daniel Barash

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 10:30 A.M.

In celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, Daniel Barash will perform shadow puppetry versions of best-loved Jewish folktales from Israel and around the world. Participants will be invited to volunteer behind the screen as the folktales come to life before their eyes.

Daniel Barash, founding director of The Shadow Puppet Workshop, has pioneered the use of shadow puppetry, an ancient Asian art form, in diverse formal and informal educational settings. He was one of the national teaching artists invited to be a workshop leader at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Barash has conducted hundreds of assembly programs, workshops, and residencies at schools, museums, and libraries across the country. He holds a master’s in elementary education from New York University.

RSVP to Andy at 415.567.3327 x703. or


Family programs in English are co-sponsored by PJ Library® of San Francisco. PJ Library® of San Francisco sends free Jewish books and music monthly to children through the age of 8, and is a program of the Early Childhood Education Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, with support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Albert and Janet Schultz PJ Library Fund, the Alexander and June L. Maisin Foundation, and other local generous funders.



Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration for Preschoolers and their Families


Stories, songs, crafts projects, carnival-style games and Israeli food will be featured at this free gathering for Israeli Independence Day. The event will be entirely in Hebrew.

RSVP to Andy at 415.567.3327 x703. or

Program made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Co-sponsored by the Israeli House of the Consulate General of Israel.

Hebrew Storytelling for Preschoolers


Gatherings include storytelling, singing, playing, art projects, and healthy snacks. Grown-ups are encouraged to share the fun! These programs are in Hebrew without translation.

NOTE: The previously scheduled June 4 program has been moved to this date.

RSVP to Andy at 415.567.3327 x703. or

And help us spread the word about this program to Hebrew-speaking families!

Co-sponsored by the Israeli House of the Consulate General of Israel.