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Two lectures by

Dr. Allan Gould: Author, Raconteur, Humorist

A. "Writing Jewish Humor Without Hurting Mother (Too Much)"

Sunday, August 28, 2011, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Venue: The Beit Midrash of The Frankel Jewish Academy
6600 W. Maple Road • West Bloomfield, MI 48322

A funny and challenging talk on the possible dangers of writing about one’s own people in a sardonic, self-deprecating fashion. Gould demonstrates that it is possible to be funny without being self-hating. He discusses how comedy works and how Jewish humor is unique, and will share some of his best ethnic humor-writing, while commenting on how one gets ideas, how Jewish comedy tends to work, its risks and vulgarities (those hideous, Jew-hating Jewish Princess jokes, for example.) "Audiences howl with laughter but leave with a deeper understanding of The Act of Creativity for a Jewish Humorist."
 

Allan Gould of Toronto (born and raised in Detroit!) is a rarity in his combination of secular scholarship, Jewish learning, and comic delivery. You may have read his hilarious book, co-authored with his friend Danny Siegel, The Unorthodox Book of Jewish Records and Lists, and he lectures on our people’s inspired talent for wit. His audiences appreciate his love of Judaism, Jewish history, and Jewish ethics, his extensive background in literature and the arts, and his gift for entertaining and involving his students. Gould has a doctorate in English and Theatre. He presents single talks and weekends at JCCs, federations, schools, Hillels and synagogues across North America to universal praise. He has authored or co-authored 40 books, and numerous articles.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Frankel Jewish Academy.

Fee: $10. Space is limited. Payment may be made by check, Visa or Mastercard.

To reserve seats call The Jewish Forum at 248-354-6415 x2, or e-mail lectures@thejewishforum.org.


B. "The Eichmann Trial Then and Now: Eyewitness to Justice for a Mass Murderer"

Sunday, August 28, 2011, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Venue: The Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

As a young man, Dr. Gould attended the trial in Jerusalem in 1961. Recently, he was invited to participate in conference held at Yad Vashem, examining the Eichmann Trial in historical perspective. He will offer a review of the fruits of that conference and reflections on the significance of the Eichmann trial, and the events it illuminated, for Israel, the Jewish People, and the world.
 

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Holocaust Memorial Center.

Fee: $10. Space is limited. Payment may be made by check, Visa or Mastercard.

To reserve seats call The Jewish Forum at 248-354-6415 x2, or e-mail lectures@thejewishforum.org.
 


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