From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes
Wednesday Afternoons: 12:15-1:45 pm PT
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
All courses require a minimum number of learners to proceed.
Humor is part of the Jewish soul, offering us the ability to laugh at our tragedies, concerns, and preoccupations. In 10-sessions, this course reveals a treasure of irresistible Jewish jokes, wit, and wisdom. From the ancient Israelite’s relationship with God to our contemporary cultural and religious divisions, there’s a Jewish joke for every moment, every thought, and every issue. Delving deeply into Jewish comedy—from Fanny Brice and Lenny Bruce to Mel Brooks, Seinfeld, and Sarah Silverman—this course invites learners to analyze and interpret the evolving values of the Jewish people buried deep in their comedic expression. Throughout history, humor has elevated our spirits and bonded us as a people. This course takes a serious look at being Jewish—and being funny.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1 - How to ‘read’ a Jewish joke
Lesson 2 - A lack of graves
Lesson 3 - The goyim annoy ’em
Lesson 4 - If you’re so smart . . .
Lesson 5 - The joy of text
Lesson 6 - Take my wife, please
Lesson 7 - “You can change your noses but not your Moses”
Lesson 8 - Dig, I’m Jewish
Lesson 9 - Mothers and others
Lesson 10 - Seriously funny