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Taking Jewish Humor Seriously
Rabbi Dan Bronstein, Writer and Independent Jewish Educator
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From Woody Allen to Jon Stewart, humor is embedded in the modern Jewish consciousness. But, argues Rabbi Dan Bronstein, it goes back much farther than that.
Themes: Arts & Culture  Education  
DATE POSTED:  06-04-2014 MORE ABOUT THE TALK

From Woody Allen to Jon Stewart, humor is embedded in the modern Jewish consciousness. But, argues Rabbi Dan Bronstein, it goes back much farther than that. And if we're willing to take it seriously, we'll see that Jewish humor is no joke - it's a powerful tool.

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From Woody Allen to Jon Stewart, humor is embedded in the modern Jewish consciousness. But, argues Rabbi Dan Bronstein, it goes back much farther than that.
ABOUT THE TALK

From Woody Allen to Jon Stewart, humor is embedded in the modern Jewish consciousness. But, argues Rabbi Dan Bronstein, it goes back much farther than that. And if we're willing to take it seriously, we'll see that Jewish humor is no joke - it's a powerful tool.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rabbi Dan Bronstein has devoted his life to furthering Jewish education and service to the Jewish people.  Following college, he served as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center in Washington DC.   In Israel he studied at the Hebrew University and Jewish Theological Seminary in Jerusalem (JTSA).  Earning an MA in Jewish history at Brandeis University, rabbinical ordination at the Hebrew Union College and a doctorate in Jewish history at the JTSA, his dissertation was titled, Torah in the Trenches:  The Rabbi Chaplains of World War II, 1940-1946.  Dan has served as a congregational rabbi and taught every age bracket from pre-school to the elderly.  As Congregational Scholar at Congregation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn he directed the high school and award-winning adult learning program.  He also authored, Our Journey:  Congregation Beth Elohim at 150 Years.  Dan’s other scholarly work examines Jewish humor and popular culture.  His online and written publications include contributions to journals including the Forward, and Jewniverse, and the books Jews and American Popular Culture, Jewish Theology in Our Time, the Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History and Culture and the forthcoming Jews and Comics.  Dan lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and son.

 
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MEET Rabbi Dan Bronstein

Rabbi Dan Bronstein has devoted his life to furthering Jewish education and service to the Jewish people.  Following college, he served as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center in Washington DC.   In Israel he studied at the Hebrew University and Jewish Theological Seminary in Jerusalem (JTSA).  Earning an MA in Jewish history at Brandeis University, rabbinical ordination at the Hebrew Union College and a doctorate in Jewish history at the JTSA, his dissertation was titled, Torah in the Trenches:  The Rabbi Chaplains of World War II, 1940-1946.  Dan has served as a congregational rabbi and taught every age bracket from pre-school to the elderly.  As Congregational Scholar at Congregation Beth Elohim of Brooklyn he directed the high school and award-winning adult learning program.  He also authored, Our Journey:  Congregation Beth Elohim at 150 Years.  Dan’s other scholarly work examines Jewish humor and popular culture.  His online and written publications include contributions to journals including the Forward, and Jewniverse, and the books Jews and American Popular Culture, Jewish Theology in Our Time, the Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History and Culture and the forthcoming Jews and Comics.  Dan lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and son.

 

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