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Laura Simms

Laura Simms is an internationally known storyteller of great power and wisdom. She tells tales from many cultures and in many settings.

As a teller of Hasidic stories, Laura describes herself this way :

I began telling Hasidic stories in 1968 when I began telling stories.

It was natural since I grew up in an Eastern European family rooted in

the tradition, in a Hasidic neighborhood - Borough Park. My great

grandfather on my mother's side from Dorohoi in Romania was the grand

rabbi of Moldavia. My grandmother on my father's side, who was quite

modest and magical, and knew ten languages, came from a very famous

Rabbinical family.

I mainly tell stories that I hear orally; ones that

defy logic, grapple with the nature of spirituality, the attainment of

wisdom, and how one can expand one's heart to contain a greater

compassion.

I fell in love with stories of the Baal Shem Tov when I was

growing up and my father said, in the master's name, "take off your

shoes you are standing on holy ground."

Laura Simms's upcoming workshops include:

The Seventeenth Annual Laura Simms Storytelling Residency
In Philo, CA, at the Wellspring Renewal Center.
July 24 - August 2, 1998.
Send $150 non-refundable deposit and letter for reservation.
For information, contact:

Please also contact Laura Simms to receive information about the following programs, as well as a list of available recordings:

  • Medicine of the Heart - a Storytelling and Healing Project
  • Ishmael's Song - Support for Children at War
  • CDs, cassettes, books by Laura Simms.

Laura Simms
814 Broadway, NY, NY 10003
Email: storydevi@earthlink.net

For the Hasidic Stories Home Page, Laura has contributed an important article probing the her reaction as a listener to a compelling Hasidic tale: Evil in the World: A Discourse on a Hassidic Tale.

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