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Second Year (2007) Program

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Children at the Well;

Learning to Draw from Faith Traditions

Through Story


Interfaith Youth Storytelling
A project of the
Interfaith Story Circle
of the Tri-City Area

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 3 PM
Niskayuna Reformed Church
3041 Troy-Schenectady Road


All stories are true. Some of them actually happened.   (Megan McKenna)


Children at the Well

Welcome                                                                Marni Gillard, storycoach


Ben Russell (age 14, grade 9, Congregation Beth Shalom) “The Contest”, written by Gary Binder, in the ‘Chelm’ tradition

Alie Gillespie (age 14, grade 9, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School) “The Sower and the Seed”, from the Christian Bible; modernized by the teller

Raj Ishmael, (age 13, grade 9, Schenectady Hindu Temple) Shantanu”, from the Mahabharata

John Lyden (age 15, grade 9) “The Saint and God's Creatures”, Celtic Fairy Tales for Children

Khalafala Osman (age 12, grade 7, An Nur Islamic School) “The Buried Treasure”, a Sufi tale, adapted by Elisa Davy Pearmain in Doorways to the Soul

Amanda Kellawon (age 12, grade 6, Schenectady Hindu Temple) “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, an Indian folktale retold by William White in Speaking in Stories

Tim Everhardt (age 14, grade 8, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School),”Sermon to the Birds” and “The Honest Disciple”, from The Children's Book of Virtues by William Bennet

Sarah Ali (age 13, grade 8, An Nur School) Three Nasrudin Tales; “The Perfect Woman”, ”A Donkey Tale”, “The Moon and the Well”

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◊ Intermission ◊

◊ the remainder of our event will take place in the Fellowship Hall ◊

Welcome back                                                        Mary Murphy, storycoach

Adah Hetko (age 15, grade 10, Congregation Beth Shalom) “The Ruby Serpent”, a Middle Eastern folktale attributed to King Solomon, retold by Ellen Frankel in The Jewish Spirit.

Mozzan Hassan (age 13, grade 8, The Muslim Community of Troy) “The Unlucky Man”, from The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations. Noorah Al-Gailani and Chris Smith

Eli O’Brien (age 13, grade 8, Maimonides Hebrew Day School) A Chasidic Story of Lubovitch

Nimi Jayaraman (age 15, grade 10, The Hindu Temple Society of The Capital District) “The Goddess Kali”, from the Markandeya Purana

Nechama O’Brien (age 11, grade 6, Maimonides Hebrew Day School) “Three Pieces of Advice”, from Hamikra’a Sheli by Dr. Shahar Yonay and Dr. Rina Yonay

Davindra Kellawon (age 14, grade 9, Schenectady Hindu Temple) “King Prahalad”

Eman Hassan (age 11, grade 6, The Muslim Community of Troy) “One Thousand and One Nights”, the frame tale of a collection of stories from Ancient Persia, retold by students from Abu Dhabi Women’s College, UAE

Ilyssa Simsek (age 13, grade 7, Congregation B’nai Shalom) “It Could Always be Worse”, a Jewish folktale from Eastern Europe

Today’s storytellers were coached by Marni Gillard and Mary Murphy


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Closing Remarks                                                     Gert Johnson, co-director


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Ø      Hors-d’oeuvres, and Human Treasure Hunt

Ø      Dinner with informal story sharing at table


Storytelling is a way for people to find common connections. Who can think of a better way to transform the future than by building bridges within the next generation? 

(Br. Muhammad Kabir)




The Children at the Well project

is a winner of the 2006 Brimstone Award

from the National Storytelling Network

“The Children at the Well program is surely a powerful vehicle to promote global understanding with a local grounding.“ 

Ruth Pelham





Today’s event is dedicated to the memory of Linda A. Baker



This program assembled by Paula Weiss, project co-director


Story-sharing is a giant step on the path to making peace. (anon.)

It is the shared stories that are breaking down the barriers and building community among us.