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Beit Avi Chai presents "The Tavern: A Celebration of Jewish Humor"
From the wedding jesters in the shtetls of Sholem Aleichem to the best of black humor, from Hershele Ostropoler to Juha of Uzbekistan, from the wise men of Chelm to the Sages of Hanukkah, Jewish humor is known to the world for its unique, at times acerbic, wit. The very best humorous stories and characters, those famous and others less so, will come to the local tavern in a series of new, astonishing, and hilarious events devoted to Jewish humor over the generations.
Pouring the drinks and serving as hosts, directing, acting, and singing: Yair Lehman and Gadi Weisbart
First Show: We Think It's Funny
Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:00 PM
What is Jewish humor? Who finds it funny? Can you laugh even if your life is not in danger?
Guests: Kobi Arieli, satirist, journalist, and television personality; Hadar Galron, actress, writer, and comedienne
Second Show: Hershele and Juha Meet on the Train
Thursday, Oct. 17, 9:00 PM
Is it funnier in Yiddish or in Iraqi Arabic?
Guests: Prof. Yair Garboz, painter, teacher, and media personality; Moti Ben-Yishai, actor and comedian
Third Show: We're all from Chelm
Thursday, Oct. 24, 9:00 PM
A tribute to the mythical town, with a wink at its modern descendants
Guests: Dr. Yair Lifschitz, scholar of theater and Judaism; Jacky Levy, media personality and storyteller
Fourth Show: Laughter in Blue and White
Thursday, Oct. 31, 9:00 PM
What happened to Jewish humor when it got to Israel? Is "Israeli humor" its own genre?
Guests: Ephraim Sidon, author and playwright; Danny Kerman, illustrator and author
Admission: NIS 50, students NIS 20
This is a Hebrew-language only event.
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