Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Comedy Showcase: Meet Ari Teman, Stand-Up Comic, JCorps Founder, and "Hero of the Year"

Ari Teman has been doing stand-up comedy at clubs around the country and on TV. He is a frequent headliner and host at private benefits.

But that's not all.  Thousands of young Jewish adults have gotten into volunteering around the world thanks to Ari's leadership.  JCorps, which he founded two years ago and runs entirely as a volunteer, has fed over 21,000 meals to the hungry and visited hundreds of seniors and sick children in the USA, Israel, and Canada.

Last November Teman won the 'Hero of the Year' honor from the Jewish Community Heroes campaign at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America for his work with JCorps.

JCorps groups Jewish young adults of all denominations and from over 170 colleges and 450 companies together to help in hunger-relief, childrens hospitals, senior centers, and park and environmental projects. Events are on Sundays (Fridays in Israel) or week nights, are always free, and last for a few hours. It's a great way for kids to make friends while making a difference, and a great way for those excited after Birthright or college and seeking a way to connect to the Jewish community to do so in a safe, non-political, and non-denominational way.  JCorps is entirely independent of any organization. 

Here's a sample of Ari's stand-up comedy, as delivered recently at Yeshiva University.

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