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Samovar Stories

Submit your stories by October 4 -- then hear them in a reader's theater program!

A family gathered around a samovar, elegant or humble, drinking hot, sweet tea is a picture a few of us may recall, and many of us can picture in our minds. Part of Russian Jewish culture, as well as Asian and Iranian culture, samovars are romantic objects. Indeed, there is a Russian saying, “have a sit by the samovar,” which means to have a leisurely chat while sipping tea.

Do you have something to relate about a samovar in your family? We would like to hear your stories — of samovars carried across the seas, of samovars lost, found, coveted, stolen, inherited. Please share your stories with us for our “Samovar Stories” program on Shabbat afternoon on Saturday, November 16.

Don’t have a story about a family samovar? Then, share a timeless story your family might have told, again and again, while they sat together at the table with a cup of tea or coffee in hand. Those submitting pieces will see their work presented by congregant actors in "reader’s theater" fashion. Everyone will enjoy a special afternoon.

Please send your story or poem to Caryn Huberman or Natalie Bivas by Friday, October 4. Questions? Email Caryn Huberman, Jane Stone or Natalie Bivas.

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