Brian Rohr

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Storyteller Brian
Rohr

Portland

Oregon
360-531-2535
info@brianrohr.com

 

 

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

Brian Rohr is a performing sacred storyteller whose mission is “sharing the ancient art of storytelling as a way to educate, entertain and offer healing to individuals, communities and the living world.”

Using cultural folktales as well as story’s from the Torah and other sacred texts, Rohr lifts the stories out of their usual written context and brings them to life in the realm of the oral tradition. Through doing so, we are invited to find ourselves within the ancient stories and find a deeper understanding of how the sharing of the stories in this way offers us new perspectives within our tradition.

Brian has performed and taught for a number of Jewish communities, organization and events, including: the 14th International Jewish Renewal Aleph Kallah, a keynote presenter at the "Tapestry of Jewish Learning" in Austin, TX, as an Artist-In-Resident at Camp Solomon Schechter located in Olympia, WA, various congregations in Portland, Chicago, Seattle, throughout the Olympic Peninsula and more.

He was recently honored by JT News as a "10 Under 40" recipient for 2013 by being chosen as one of 10 Jewish people in Washington State under 40 years old whom they consider are doing particularly important and inspirational works within the community, specifically as a storyteller.

Willing to Travel: 
Yes
Provides Workshops: 
For Students
For Educators
For Adults
For Storytellers
For Librarians
For Synagogues
For Non-Profit Organizations
For Business/Corporate Groups
Performances for Age Groups: 
Middle - grades 6-8
High School
College
Adult
Your presence here over S’lichot was such a blessing to all of us. [The storytelling] truly set the tone not only for the evening, but for our ongoing learning about belonging, believing and becoming. Thank you once again for your special spirit that you brought to that evening.
Rabbi Stephen Hart
Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL
Brian, I would like to take the time to thank you for your work as a story telling artist at Bet session this summer. I was very pleasantly surprised with the level of detail in your planning for running both the daily activity session that you ran and the all camp program. I have spoken with many of the campers and staff about your time here at Schechter and the feedback was that you were fun, interesting and very easy to work with. I love the way that you involved and immersed yourself in camp while you were here. Story telling is an easy way for camp to reach its goal to Jewishly educate informally, and you put together an excellent program for camp at a very reasonable price. Thank you again.
Sam Perlin
Executive Director, Camp Solomon Schechter, Olympia, WA
Brian engaged our teenagers in a storytelling experiencing that transcended any story that they had heard before. He invited them into a sacred space, where they learned about biblical stories, midrashim and Talmudic tales; opening up their minds to the depth and spirituality within our text. Through this experience, our teenagers opened up to Brian about their individual passions and connections to Judaism.
Rabbi Amy Cohen
Temple Beth Shalom, Austin, TX
Whenever I hear Brian tell a story I am swiftly transported to another space that is, in some distant way, familiar to my being. I am left living the symbols as I digest the story for a period of time beyond the telling. Brian’s choice of stories are deeply transformative and his tellings are engaging and compelling to the listener. I support and encourage him to continue completely in this, his true vocation.
Velda Thomas
Healer & Ritualist, Port Townsend, WA