Storytelling for young kids offered at BJE Library

Most kids love to listen to stories, and they love to sing. The Bureau of Jewish Education has lined up a couple of events for young children that combine the two, starting this weekend.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, May 6, children ages 5 and younger (and their parents) are invited to Hebrew Storytelling for Young Children. Kids can sing, play and hear stories with Erez Saldinger, who is from Israel. Presented in partnership with the Israeli House of the Consulate General in S.F., it is the second of three such sessions scheduled during the current school year; the next one will be at 11 a.m. June 3.

Also planned — in English — is Songs and Stories and Summertime Fun with storyteller Jonathan Bayer. Co-sponsored by the PJ Library, a program of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the session will take place 10:30 a.m. June 24. It will feature song, dance and interactive storytelling, and is designed for children under the age of 7.

Bayer, who lives in the Bay Area and has an academic background in Jewish studies, conservatory training in early childhood music, and a dozen years singing and storytelling in San Francisco and New York, has written and performed shows for the Jewish Museum and the New York Historical Society.

Both events are free and take place at the BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco.