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Jewish Storytelling with Songs

Doug Lipman, Jewish storytelling with songsPerformances by Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman reveals the humanity of Jewish stories to audiences of all backgrounds.

Doug has a passion for Jewish mystical stories, Jewish folktales, and original Jewish stories.

He has shared this passion with adults and children from New York to New Zealand and beyond—adding 12-string guitar, button accordion, and flute to many of his performances.

Jewish Programs for Adults

Doug specializes in programs that open Jewish values and the flavor of Jewish experience to all.
The Soul of Hope
Doug Lipman playing bamboo flutesoulbutton picture One of Doug's performance topics for adults has its own website! It is the two-act Jewish mystical adventure story, The Soul of Hope.

Birds, Bread and Blessings

Some stories change you. In this program, Doug Lipman offers a dozen dangerous Hasidic stories that have not only lodged in his heart, they have grown strong enough to change his heart’s landscape. Don’t listen to these stories unless you’re willing to risk being changed by them, yourself!

Birds, Bread and Blessings by Doug Lipman - CD case

The stories and songs of these wise and kind rabbis will amuse, bemuse and nourish you; above all, they’ll stay with you, rattling around in your mind and heart long after the last “Yai, dai, dai” has been sung.

The Ballad of Mauthausen

Doug Lipman with guitarIn 1945, U.S. soldiers liberated the complex of concentration camps near Mauthausen, Austria.

Doug Lipman's father was among them.

In this 55-minute performance, Doug interweaves his personal story, tales from Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach, and the 4-song cycle, "The Ballad of Mauthausen" by Mikis Theodorakis.

Can You Hear the Silence?

Can You Hear the Silence: CD coverHasidic Tales for the 21st Century:

You don't need any background in Jewish mysticism to relate to these stories of inspiration, humor, and hope.

After years of reading, adapting and performing Hasidic tales, Doug Lipman found himself creating new Hasidic tales—even new rabbis. The result is both entertaining and transforming.

The Forgotten Story

Tales (with songs) of Wise Jewish Men. A surprising evening of tales about men who have retained the ability to think and nurture at the same time: mystical journeys, tales of cleverness and kindness, and the unlikely adventures of Judaism's unconventional heroes.

The Sword and the Braid

Folktales in which Men and Women Help Each Other Overcome Sex Roles:
  • An Egyptian Rapunzel takes an active role in the prince's story;
  • A Jewish "Beauty and the Beast" becomes a parable about appearances.

In all cases, they learn to leave behind both the hereditary sword and the imprisoning ladder-of-hair.

From the surprising wisdom of folk tales come these stories in which male and female characters strive against narrowly-defined roles for themselves and for each other.


Doug Lipman playing a button accordionDoug's music and stories involve children, teens, teachers, and parents in the deep wells of the Jewish imagination.

Doug participation stories involve young children physically, as well.

Doug has several programs especially created on various themes and for various holidays. Please inquire for particulars.

Now We Are Free
Now We Are Free - CD coverGrade: preK-3

Stories and Songs of Freedom—for Passover and Any Time

A school or family program for Passover, celebrating the escape from slavery of the Jews—and, by implication, of people everywhere from the bonds that enslave them.

One Little Candle
Grade: preK-3

Participation Stories and Songs for Hanukkah

One Little Candle - Doug Lipman Join right in with rhythmic repetition, singing, and surprising sounds - in a joyful celebration of the Feast of Lights, for Jews and non-Jews alike. Each story has an inclusive message of warmth and hope, exploring the Hanukkah themes of light, renewal, and standing up for the right to be yourself.

Jewish Fairy Tales
Grade: K-9
Jewish fairy tales have the adventure and reassuring outcomes of all fairy tales, but they also have the lessons and emphases typical of Jewish culture. From "The Rich and Poor Sisters" of Eastern Europe to "The Language of the Animals" of Persia, these stories--spiced with guitar and button-accordion--present the emotional and geographic range of Jewish tradition.
Leviathan & the Fish-and other Jewish wonder tales
Grade: K-5
Leviathan, the ruler of the sea, promised to save you from the teeth and claws of the Giant Sea Lizard--but what will you do if he doesn't? With story and song, Doug takes you into the world of midrash (the Jewish tradition of composing stories to explain other stories) for an underwater adventure about independence & tolerance.

Welcoming the Stranger
Grade: K-6
Unlike the many stories that portray heroes who meet strangers only to vanquish them, these stories show the value of the stranger.

After all, the one who is different may be able to do what no one else can!

The Legends of the Baal Shem Tov
Grade: 6-12
Shrouded in legend, Israel ben Eliezer was born in 1700 in the Carpathian mountains. He became known as the Baal Shem Tov--a legendary wise man and storyteller with the ability to see deep into people's souls. Doug tells stories that emphasize the Baal Shem Tov's:
  • compassion
  • moral force, and
  • ability to reach even the most stubborn wrong-doer.
Here is a perfectly non-violent hero!

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Doug Lipman

152 Wenonah Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106 U.S.A.
Phone: (781) 837-1940
Alternate Phone (rings the same line): (413) 754-6728
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This page was last updated on January 1, 2011
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