From Jewish Folktales to our own Family Stories: A Reading & Workshop with David Forman on November 6th beginning at 11.

We warmly welcome David Forman, PhD, in sharing from his newly-published translation of Solomon Simon’s The Clever Little Tailor. Solomon Simon, was David’s Grandfather.

David began studying Yiddish in his fifties, in order to fulfill a lifelong vow of reading his grandfather’s work. He ended up publishing a bilingual edition of The Clever Little Tailor in 2021 with Kinder-Loshn Publications, featuring side by side bilingual text and stunning illustrations by Yehuda Blum.

Excerpts will be highlighted in his reading to emphasize both universal and specifically Jewish elements of the storytelling followed by an exploration of his personal relationship with the original author.

After the reading, David will lead a workshop and presentation about storytelling entitled, Stories as Cultural Artifacts where we will consider stories as heirlooms or artifacts, treasured for generations. We will talk about ways to tell and contextualize stories that highlight and strengthen connections within and across communities, over time.

The Reading & Workshop are free. Registration is requested but not required.

This program will be held in-person at the Lodi Whittier Library at 8484 S. Main Street, Lodi, NY. Masks are recommended.

Photo of David by Gerry Szymanski

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.