Avi Liberman, a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, has been bringing groups of American comedians to Israel since 2002 to raise money for multiple charities, most recently for the Koby Mandell Foundation, which works on behalf of terror victims' families.
The foundation is named after the 13-year-old who was murdered by terrorists near his Tekoa home on May 8, 2001.
As David Brinn reported in The Jerusalem Post,
Whatever the benefactor or gravity of the cause, the common element in all of the tours Liberman continues to organize is sheer laughter – from equal-opportunity jokes aimed at Israelis, American Jews and everything in between.
One such joke from Liberman: “I love to going to Marzipan bakery in Jerusalem for the chocolate rugelach. This last time, they were out of the air-sealed plastic containers. The guy said he’d put them in cardboard boxes and if he closes them really tight, it would be the same thing. I told him it wouldn’t, and he said he’d been doing this for 15 years and knew what he was talking about. So apparently, if you are Israeli and have been doing something for a long time, you can defy the laws of physics.”
Or, “LA has such a large Jewish community that they actually have a Yeshiva Day School Basketball league. I don’t think that’s morally or ethically correct, because it instills these kids with a false sense of athletic ability.”The Winter 2013 Comedy for Koby tour kicked off yesterday in Beit Shemesh. Other shows: Saturday, December 7 in Gush Etzion – 8:30 p.m., Matnas Gush Etzion; Sunday, December 8 in Jerusalem – two shows: 7 and 9:30 p.m., Beit Shmuel; Tuesday, December 10 in Tel Aviv – 8:30 p.m, Tzavta; Wednesday, December 11 in Ra’anana - 8:30 p.m., Yad Labanim; Thursday, December 12 in Modi’in – 8 p.m., Einan Theater.
We'll be attending the 7 p.m. show Sunday night in Jerusalem and talking with Avi between shows. So if you're in Jerusalem, why not get tickets online and shmooze with us after the show.
Here's a report from Israel21C on a 2011 tour that includes a few jokes and interviews with Avi Liberman and the comics that he brought over to Israel.
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