A Live Evening of Laughter with YidLife Crisis

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning

YidLife Crisis: HomeshullngA Jewish couple is shipwrecked on a desert island, stranded for years. Using materials from around the island, they build a house, a store, and a synagogue. Eventually, they've made a whole neighborhood.

One day, they are rescued by a passing ship. The sailors help them collect their few possessions and get ready to leave the island forever. Just before they depart, one of the sailors notices a second synagogue and asks, “Hey! Why’d you build two synagogues?”

“This,” they say, pointing at one building, “is our synagogue.” “And that,” they say, pointing at the other, “is the one we would never set foot in!”

Unfortunately, in this challenging time, there is no synagogue we can set foot in. But this shouldn't stop us from telling a good Jewish joke.

From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle, from Lenny Bruce to Larry David, some of the greatest American comedians have been Jewish. A 2013 study found that over forty percent of American Jews deem "having a good sense of humor" as "an essential part of what being Jewish means."

That's why the J is bringing you YidLife Crisis: Homeshulling, a live evening of laughter with Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, co-creators of the hilarious web series YidLife Crisis. This virtual event will feature several episodes of the web series interspersed with live shtick and commentary, along with an audience Q&Q, because after all, Jews answer questions with more questions!

So, join us online this Saturday night, April 18 at 8:30 PM. Registration is required - sign up here. And if you don't feel like cooking, pre-purchase a YidLife Dinner-to-Go from Laykie's Gourmet at the J (HKA kosher), New York Bagel Shop (kosher style), or Kenny & Ziggy's (kosher style), and support our local Jewish restaurants.

Hope to see you at the show!


Rabbi Samantha


Category: Arts and Culture