September 23, 20147:30 to 9 p.m.Wilson Auditorium
Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century* - Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein.
* Based on the National Center for Jewish Film website.
June 17, 2014, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Magill Commons Rooms 107, 108 & 109, Monmouth University
Commentary: Mr. Lawrence Richards, Director
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of this country's greatest generation of comics - the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller - all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their stories. The answer is also found in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century's largest resort complex. Thos Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies provided the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School.
...Free of charge and open to all...
Organized by the Jewish Cultural Studies Program and the Office for Global Initiatives
For more information, please contact 732-571-4474
March 5, 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University
"The Z Word: Why does Zionism drive the world crazy?"
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1991. He is known for his teaching, activism, and writing. Among his books are Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships and Putting God on the Guest List, winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book published in the United States.
April 27, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Bey Hall, Monmouth University
Details will follow.
May 14, 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University
"What Kind of an Arab Spring is seen from the Israeli Window"
Michael Tuchfeld is one of Israel's prominent political analysts and media reporters. He is a correspondent with Makor Rishon and MAARIV, and host of a weekly talk show on Galey Israel.
Summer 2004 Jewish Culture Festival, "The Jewish Experience in Spain and Portugal: Saga of the Marranos"