Laughs and “L’chaims” as the Merage JCC invites you to Roast and Toast Israel on her 73rd birthday
The Merage JCC is excited to welcome people back into our theatre (safely and distanced), and there’s no better occasion to celebrate than Israel’s Independence Day! Please join us on Saturday, April 17 at 8pm for some laughs and “L’chaims” as we Roast and Toast Israel on her 73rd birthday. American-born Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt will join us from Tel Aviv, along with American comedians Talia Reese and Eitan Levine from New York.
Benji draws on his experiences as an American in Israel to share entertaining insights into cultural differences and the challenges and wonders of life in Israel. Since making Aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt’s hilarious narrative about being an American in Israel helps provide a morale boost during the good times and the bad, and his perspectives have been featured in publications such as Time, USA Today, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and the Times of Israel.
Talia, a former bankruptcy attorney and Orthodox Jew, whom the New York Post called a “Hot Ticket,” manages to find a balance between raunch and religion. A mother of two who is married to a fellow lawyer, Talia performs regularly at comedy clubs, and has opened for Caroline Rhea and Nick DiPaolo.
Eitan is a writer and comedian who performs at The People’s Improv Theater, Magnet Theater, Stand Up New York and Caroline’s Comedy Club, and writes for the websites Elite Daily, Cheddar and Mashable. Levine who spent a year in Israel and won a Last Comic Standing competition there, has been performing stand-up since the age of 15.
Come raise a glass and have some laughs while we celebrate Yom Ha’atazmaut.
Reserve your seat at www.jccoc.org.
Merage JCC presents Reflections 2021
Each year, the Merage Jewish Community Center marks the three national holidays of Israel with a series of programs called Reflections. This year, with the support of the Israel Engagement Fund of the JCC Association, along with the ongoing generosity of Dana & Yossie Hollander and Doris & Martin Melnick, we are delighted to offer a combination of local and international programs to honor these special days.
Visit www.jccoc.org for details and to register.
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Honoring Jewish Resilience and Storytelling Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 pm Four international artist-educators engage in a powerful conversation about preserving cultural memory and paying tribute through art and story
Remembrance and Hope: Dedication of the Steven Fainbarg Children’s Holocaust Memorial
Thursday, April 8 at 11:00 am Honoring the stories of those lost in the Holocaust with stories of remembrance by our JCC family
Visit A Life in Tapestry in our Slutsky Gallery. Contact Debbiem@jccoc.org for an appointment.
Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day
Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli Army
Sunday, April 11 at 11:00 am Israeli photographer and author Debbie Zimelman will present her portraits and a female IDF veteran will share stories of her army service
News and Views: Israel on Campus
Monday, April 12 at 10:00 am
“The Conflict over the Conflict” with Kenneth S Stern, Director of The Bard Center for Study of Hate
The Power of Jewish Peoplehood: Personal and Collective Mourning
Tuesday, April 13 at 5:00 pm
An intimate conversation with Israelis who know the heartache and anguish of loss from their own experiences.
Israeli Scouts Shevet Tapuz ceremony for Israel’s fallen soldiers
Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm
Limited seats in-person in the Myers Theater at the JCC
Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day
Pick up your Israel in a Bag at the JCC and celebrate at home
Moments of Pride: Israeli Innovation
Wednesday, April 14 at 5:00 pm
A showcase of Israel’s culture of innovation through the eyes of three social entrepreneurs who are leaders in cyber security, agriculture and emergency health care advances
Trivia: How well do you know Israel?
Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm
Test your knowledge and earn prizes!
Toast and Roast Israel on her 73rd Birthday with comedians Benjy Lovitt, Talia Reese and Eitan Levine
Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 pm
Join us in the Myers Theater with Israeli wine and snacks (safely distanced apart) or online
Cooking with Chef Liron: Israeli Favorites
Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 pm