Jewish Humor and Folklore-and Joke Collecting--with Steve Zeitlin

Museum at Eldridge Street

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Why is Jewish Humor Different from Other Humor?

 

Afternoon talk and joke collecting with folklorist Steve Zeitlin

Why is Jewish Humor Different from Other Humor?

 

Afternoon talk and joke collecting with folklorist Steve Zeitlin

 

Why must a Jew always answer a question with a question?  Why do Jews have short necks? What did the Jewish optimist say to the Jewish pessimist?  What is the meaning of life?  If you do not know the answers to these Jewish jokes, attendance should be mandatory when Steve Zeitlin tweaks the traditional Passover question and asks "Why is Jewish humor different from all other kinds of humor."  Zeitlin will consider how humor and parable have been tools to help Jews negotiate their place in the world.  His talk, I'm Right, You're Right, He's Right, Too: Multiple Perspectives in Jewish Humor and Folklore will take place in a most appropriate setting, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side.  At the end of the program, Zeitlin will invite the audience to contribute any great Jewish jokes that he may have left out.

 

Steve Zeitlin is a folklorist, writer and cultural activist.  He is the Founding Director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage.  City Lore works with grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions.  Zeitlin holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of numerous books on America's folk culture.  He has fallen in love with and recorded carnival pitches, Jewish humor, children's rhymes, family stories, subway stories, ancient cosmologies and oral poetry traditions from around the world.

 

I'm Right, You're Right, He's Right, Too: Multiple Perspectives in Jewish Humor and Folklore with Steve Zeitlin is co-sponsored with City Lore.  Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, and include museum admission.

Sunday, 13 December, 2015

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$12 adults, $10 students and seniors

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