2013 Featured Storyteller: Shoshana Litman

Shoshana began learning about storytelling from First Nations elders in 1977. Later she realized with delight that her own tribe had significant contributions to offer. Her stories and songs, drawn from Jewish and world sources as well as her vivid imagination, have inspired diverse audiences since 1997. Three years of study with an Orthodox tutor and more than a decade practicing Mussar (Jewish ethics), deepened Shoshana’s access to Jewish wisdom. She continues to share stories, songs and Torah commentary whenever the opportunity arises.

SLitman-1hoshana’s storytelling, teaching and singing inspires listeners to awaken to the deeper joys of life. Her performances delight audiences of all ages.  Shoshana completed a two year study program with Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum of Brooklyn, which lead to her ordination as a Maggidah, a Jewish storyteller, speaker and teacher, in May 2008. She is also an administrator for the Mussar Institute of Vancouver.

Shoshana (aka Suzanne Kort Litman) worked for 9 years as the South Vancouver Island Regional Litman-2Coordinator for the Way to Go! School Program, an active school transportation program for B.C. elementary and middle schools. She has a degree in environmental science from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She has worked as a newspaper columnist, technical writer, research assistant, field biologist, registered massage therapist and travel author. Shoshana lives in a heritage house in Victoria, B.C. with her husband, Todd. Together they have raised two fine sons, Raviv and Graham.

Shoshana’s interactive storytelling sessions are inspiring, not only because they are told so masterfully, but because her warmth, kindness and sincerity shine through and keep Shoshana’s stories alive long after her words have faded away. Donna Lach, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Westmount Public Library, Montreal, PQ

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