Why are there so many stray cats in Tel Aviv? Do citizens of the Jewish state go to the polls every Tuesday, or what? And how did Israelis get to be so darn Israeli?
Join us for a night of comedy celebrating Israel’s 75th birthday as American-Israeli comedians Joel Chasnoff and Benji Lovitt answer these questions and more! Emceeing the evening will be our very own Robin Lyon-Gardiner, a veteran Broadway singer, actress and dancer.
“Israel is more than a country; it’s a conversation,” say the comedians, who together co-authored a new book “Israel 201,” to unpack the magic, mystery and chaos of one of the world’s most fascinating and misunderstood places.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for college students and children under 18. Copies of “Israel 201” are available for purchase by pre-order with your ticket.
Joel Chasnoff is not your grandfather’s Jewish comedian! A Chicago native and former “lone soldier” in the Israel Defense Forces, Joel has performed his unique brand of clean, Israel-positive comedy for more than 1,000 Jewish communities in 10 countries. He is the author of four books, including the bestselling memoir “The 188th Crybaby Brigade” about his experience in the IDF and the forthcoming “Israel 201.” Joel lives in Ra’anana, Israel, with his sabra wife and their four kids.
Benji Lovitt’s observations on Israeli society, combined with his lifelong involvement in Jewish education, create a hilarious narrative that has brought smiles to faces all over the world. Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji has been called on by Jewish organizations to share his hilarious insights into cultural differences as he translates both the challenges and marvels of life in Israel. The co-author of the forthcoming book “Israel 201,” he has performed for audiences in Israel, North America, Australia, South Africa and more.
Hosted at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, this communal Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration is co-sponsored by Amplify Israel, Congregation Habonim, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Lincoln Square Synagogue and UJA-Federation of New York.