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Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $5.00/person - You may pay at the door - credit cards or checks welcome.

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 7 pm, Adath Jeshurun will welcome Jeremy Dauber to speak about his book Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew. Following his talk, Dr. Dauber will be available to sign copies of the book. Click on the ad at right to pre-order your copy.

This event is made possible by The Charles & Jean K. Erskine Fund of Congregation Adath Jeshurun and the Jewish Heritage Fund Endowment.

This biography, part of the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series, is “a spirited dive into the life and career of a performer, writer, and director who dominated twentieth-century American comedy.” 

“The energy, the sass, the inexhaustible comic brio that define Mel Brooks seem too volcanic to fit between the covers of a book. But, miracle of miracles, Jeremy Dauber has made it happen, simultaneously entertaining and enlightening as he takes us along on a very wild ride.” — Kenneth Turan, author of Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film

About Jeremy Dauber

Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University. He also serves as Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. Jeremy received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Jeremy’s books include: Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew; Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, American Comics: A History; In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern; Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature; and The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem. Jeremy frequently lectures on topics related to Jewish literature, history, humor, and popular culture.  

Visit Jeremy Dauber's website here.

Shabbat Morning at AJ with Jeremy Dauber

Also, join us for Shabbat Morning Services at 10:00 a.m. where Dr. Dauber will give the D’var Torah.

After services, he will present a Shabbat Scholar talk on Jewish Comedy: A Serious History. The Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the Julie Olson Shabbat Scholar Fund.

The morning events are free and open to the public.


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