Comedy has been central to the development of a distinct Jewish American identity and Jewish comedic and satirical works have helped shape the larger American culture. From its beginnings in the shtetls of Europe, to the golden age of the Catskills Borscht Belt, and right up through today, Jewish comedy has confronted difficult and challenging topics, such as: poverty, immigration, gender, sex, anti-Semitism, and the cataclysmic event of the Holocaust. Join writer and Jewish Studies Professor Ezra Cappell as we sample and discuss key moments of Jewish comedy and discover why laughter might be a deeply serious form of empathy and understanding.
This is a HYBRID event with in person and online options. Brunch will be available at 9:00 AM for in person attendees.