Jewish Theatre Bloomington Hosts “An Afternoon of Storytelling” for Fall Fundraiser

Staff report written from announcement of event

Bloomington, Indiana – September 23, 2023

Jewish Theatre Bloomington (JTB) is set to celebrate its 18th year with “An Afternoon of Storytelling,” a fall fundraiser event. The event will take place on Sunday, October 22nd, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Beth Shalom Social Hall, located at 3750 E. 3rd Street in Bloomington.

The theme for the special event is “Chai,” meaning “Life” in Hebrew, a number often associated with good luck and blessings. The event will feature an esteemed lineup of storytellers, each sharing their unique perspective on the theme of “Chai.”

JTB has assembled a star-studded storytelling team, including luminaries such as Malcolm Abrams, Malcolm Dalglish, Krista Detor, Gladys DeVane, Richard Fish, Sylvia McNair, and Francesca Sobrer. These storytellers will weave narratives that celebrate the vitality and significance of life.

Guests attending the event can also indulge in appetizers, desserts, and surprises, creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

The program for “An Afternoon of Storytelling” is as follows:

  • 3:00-3:20 pm: Pre-show music by Bloomington accordionist Svetla Vladeva
  • 3:20-4:20 pm: Storytelling
  • 4:20-5:00 pm: Post-show appetizer and dessert buffet, with opportunities to mingle with the storytellers

Darrell Ann Stone will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

In addition to storytelling performances, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a special Chai-themed art exhibit by Bloomington Judaic artist Jackie Olenick, with the possibility of purchasing unique pieces.

Tickets for this event are available for $50 per person, and they can be purchased on the Jewish Theatre Bloomington website at, where attendees can select “Storytelling Fall Fundraiser” to secure their seats.

JTB encourages attendees and supporters to celebrate the organization’s founder and producing artistic director, Audrey Heller, whose birthday falls on October 18th, symbolizing the Chai number of 18. Donations of $18 or more will contribute to the future of JTB and its continued dedication to bringing exceptional theatre to the community.

“Story is one of the most powerful tools available for building human connection, empathy, and understanding across differences,” said a JTB representative. “Imagine the excitement of having all of these well-known performers gathered for one extraordinary event!”

For those unable to attend but still eager to support JTB’s mission, donations can be made on the organization’s website at

For more information about the event or Jewish Theatre Bloomington, please visit

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