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Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

8 Episodes

Passing on our stories, individually and as a people has always been one of the cornerstones of Jewish tradition and culture. Award-winning Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum presents an uplifting and entertaining collection of personal and traditional stories. With warm authenticity, humor and a rich interpretation of her Jewish and Israeli heritage, Noa reconnects us with a wealth of tradition and timeless values.

“Noa Baum spreads cultural truths that eclipse geopolitical boundaries..." - The Washington Post

Written and Performed by Noa Baum
USA, 2020

Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling
  • Why Do I Have That Name | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

    Episode 1

    What kind of a mother gives a child a name like that? It was one in a long list of things about mother that never made sense! No, it’s not the one with the Ark and the animals. Yes, it is from the Bible...

  • America: The Land of Miracles | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Story..

    Episode 2

    Is English your second language? Have you ever been a foreigner in a country where you didn't speak the language? In the 5th grade, story artist, Noa Baum, left her home in Israel. She arrived in America speaking very little English. But miracles do happen...

  • The Wooden Sword | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

    Episode 3

    A Jewish folktale from Afghanistan, adapted and retold by Noa Baum. Disguised as a beggar, the king slips out of his palace to learn from his people what is the secret of happiness. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith and joy, the king grows curious and begins to investigate.

  • Peacemaking Beyond Borders - An Israeli Palestinian Friendship | Noa Baum: Re...

    Episode 4

    Noa grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who also grew up in Jerusalem, only on the “other side”. Their friendship inspired her to tell the stories of their families that echo the contradicting national narratives of their people. Noa continues to use the transfor...

  • My Shidduch | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

    Episode 5

    Israeli Noa Baum was 29 years old and “kaput”, finished, in her grandmother’s Yiddish. But when she agreed to a blind date with an American, she realized she had hit rock bottom.

  • Love Comes in Many Packages | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Story...

    Episode 6

    No work of fiction can even come close to real life when it comes to my parents. When this happened I knew that one day I would be able to laugh about it...

  • Culture Shock: An Israeli Immigrant Learns America | Noa Baum: Rekindling the...

    Episode 7

    Noa arrived from Israel to America in 1990 the month Iraq invaded Kuwait and threatened to attack Israel. She arrived from a place where everyone walked around with boxes of gas masks in case they were attacked with mustard gas, to the quiet peaceful college town of Davis, California. To call it ...

  • A Fathers Gift | Noa Baum: Rekindling the Power of Jewish Storytelling

    Episode 8

    In 1965, there was a war between India and Pakistan and Bilal wanted to know "Why is there all this hate?" This is the true story of a special gift Dr. Bilal Ahmed, a Pakistani Muslim, received from his father when he was thirteen. He offered his story as a gift to storyteller, Noa Baum, to shap...