From their beginnings, the Jews have been defined by the stories they tell. This conference is an attempt to explore the future of storytelling in Jewish culture--and the role of storytelling in the Jewish future--and perhaps also to uncover some new stories, or new ways of telling them.

The conference will focus on the following questions:

1) How is Jewish storytelling changing in light of new technology?

2) How do Jewish storytellers imagine the future?

3) How are traditional or foundational Jewish stories being reimagined today (especially the Exodus)?

4) What is the future of Jewish American storytelling?

5) What role do visual media play in the future of Jewish storytelling?

Image Credit: Kurt Hoffman. This article originally appeared at and in the Forward, June 5, 2009

Organized by:

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Co-sponsored by:
Stanford Humanities Center, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, English Department, The Stanford Storytelling Project, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies


The conference is sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University with support from the Shoshana and Martin Gerstel Conference Fund Symposium and the Koret Foundation.