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Cindy Rivka

Dancing Tree Story Workshop
31 Thorpe Road, #210
Massachusetts - 02494


Cindy Rivka Marshall travels nationally to tell stories and teach workshops at synagogues, schools and conferences, offering Jewish folktales and midrashic stories for all ages. Cindy's theatrical style weaves words with movement and music. She encourages audience participation with gestures and catchy refrains. She offers programs for all Jewish holidays.

Cindy works as a consultant to organizations, using story eliciting and listening to facilitate learning, to build community, develop educational innovations and for professional development. Her popular workshops include” “Bringing Text to Life: Midrashic Storytelling” and “Jumping off the Page: Storytelling Skills for Educators” and "Your Jewish Journey Story."

Cindy writes about her experiences as a Jewish educator with Story-Based Learning on her Story Arc Blog

She has been an invited presenter and performer at: Limmud UK in Coventry, England, Limmud Boston, Riverway Storytelling Festival, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, CAJE, newCAJE, the National Yiddish Book Center and the National Storytelling Network Conference.

Cindy’s recordings, which have garnered awards from Parents’ Choice, Storytelling World and National Parenting Publications include “By the River: Women’s Voices in Jewish Stories";
“Challah and Latkes: Stories for Shabbat and Hanukkah”; "Bear's Tail and other Animal Tales" and "The Whole Megillah: A Purim Tale."

Cindy runs the Dancing Tree Story Workshop in Needham, MA, where she offers workshops for educators, parents, and others interested in growing their storytelling skills. She is available for individual coaching, both in person and via internet.

For Students, For Educators, For Adults, For Storytellers, For Librarians, For Synagogues, For Non-Profit Organizations, For Business/Corporate Groups
Family Audiences, Elementary- grades K-5, Middle - grades 6-8, High School, College, Adult
"Cindy Rivka Marshall must be reckoned as one of the finest storytellers around."
Howard Schwartz
author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
"Her telling comes through with such goodness and sincerity — and power."
Peninnah Schram
Storyteller and Author
"Our team has not stopped raving about our time with you. Thank you so much for such a wonderful workshop and for the inspiration you gave them!"
Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis
Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
"Great work! Really valuable. Perfect for this community, and the kind of community we try to create. Many of the staff mentioned it as a highlight."
Rachel Happel
former Director, Brandeis BIMA and Genesis Summer Programs
"I loved learning about various ways to tell stories in my classroom. I love the idea about using my body and especially feeling the emotions of the characters. Your ideas and strategies will make the story telling more meaningful and fun."
Jewish educator
workshop participant
"You gave a gift to the school. This work is transformational."
Faculty member
Gann Academy, Waltham, MA