Helen Mintz participated in a two evening panel discussion on oral traditions at the Museum of Anthropology. Her participation included a presentation of her Yiddish heritage through stories and discussion. Helen was a dynamic speaker, making clear concise points during an emotional discussion. Her stories had the audience simultaneously laughing and questioning themselves, a difficult task to be sure.
As a storyteller Helen is exceptional, her style, grace and theatrics range from poignant to hilarious. Helen’s real strength comes from her material. From a woman’s perspective, Helen deals with the difficult and emotional issues surrounding her Judaism with intelligence and ease. Weaving stories and histories of the European Yiddish communities Helen negotiates herself and her audience through a rollercoaster of past events finding a place in the present and potential for the future.
It was a pleasure to work with Helen and I look forward to having another opportunity. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any performance.
Jill Baird, director of public programs
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia
Temple Beth Hatfiloh,
P.O. Box 2442,
Olympia, WA 98507.
8 Tammuz 5755 / 6July 1995.
To whom it may concern:
Helen is a wonderful storyteller who captivates her audience with each new tale. She brings the heritage of the Eastern European shtetl to life with her talent. And she has a special love for—and a gift for— telling the often-overlooked stories of women. I have seen her engage both adults and children with her telling. Watching Helen tell a story is a special treat.
Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz
Temple Beth Hatfiloh