The JFest StoryMachine

Illustration of a home

Inspired by Rube Goldberg, The JFest StoryMachine helps inspire creative thinking, personal reflection, and community-building. It invites us to recall and share our personal stories, and how they impact us and those around us. The StoryMachine prompts discussion around three main themes:

  • How You Tell Your Story
  • How Others Tell Your Story
  • How History Tells Our Story



Jump in, take the unexpected road less traveled, and help us tell your Story of Home, shaped by the things that hold special meaning for you. 

The machine can be used in a group setting or gathering, either virtually or in person. Participants might be directed to one or more of the volumes in the Digital Library to read, add, or reflect on the various themes presented. The sources below help to debrief the experience and widen the conversation.

Click "View Resources" to access the machine, an engagement guide containing specific prompts for each holiday, and a simple 9 question guide.



  • After School and Beyond
  • Camp
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Family Engagement
  • Teen Engagement