The Golden Age of Jewish Humor:
You Don't Have To Be Jewish To Love This Humor!
Stephen Z. Cohen

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Classical Jewish humor is an important part of the Jewish heritage. It is a tradition that needs to be saved -- and Dr. Stephen Z. Cohen is its messenger and champion. In this return engagement, he presents a nostalgic, innovative and entertaining lecture weaving thoughtful annotation into the canon of Jewish jokes and stories. From shtetl times in the old country through the immigration and  assimilation experience in “die goldene medina”, the collective Jewish experience during the first half of the last century yielded a “golden age” of Jewish humor. Dr. Cohen is noted for his adept selection of clean, heimishe and uproarious material exploring various aspects of Jewish life. But, Dr. Cohen doesn't simply tell the joke, he tells about the joke, revealing behaviors, traditions and historical context. Illustrating what is and what is not Jewish humor is and how and why that humor relates to the unique Jewish experience. This lecture, a version of which was presented here in the past, is much more than just a stand-up comedy routine. It’s not just funny… it’s much smarter than that! Come laugh, reminisce and gain a better understanding of this integral part of Jewish culture – a culture one need not be Jewish to appreciate. All are welcome, and rest assured, Dr. Cohen will be certain everyone "gets" every joke. Like the famous advertising slogan, "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish Rye"...the same applies to the universal appeal of Jewish ethnic humor.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Retuning to LLS, Dr. Stephen Z. Cohen is an author, educator, entertainer, humorist and lecturer. In his second career as an acclaimed Jewish humorist, he regales audiences with his performances, lectures and courses presented at prestigious venues across the country. He’s best described as a humorist rather than a comedian with the insightful commentary of a Sam Levenson and the exceptional presentation skills of the legendary Myron Cohen. He’s been a popular guest speaker for Jewish federations and organizations, a scholar-in-residence for synagogues and temples, a visiting scholar for Jewish studies programs and a performer at the finest country clubs. For 40 years, he was a distinguished educator at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago teaching social group work practice and group psychotherapy. An early expert in the field of gerontology and services to the elderly, he consulted, lectured and co-authored a book on these topics. 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25