My friend Avi Liberman is a standup comic in Los Angeles. He’s actually doing fairly well out there, hosting Jewish comedy events at Jewish organizations and “regular venues” in New York City, Vegas and Los Angeles, of course. He hangs out with Elon Gold (most recently of the late Pam Anderson sitcom ‘Stacked’) and various other comics of note, members of the tribe and those outsiders who don’t have a shot at show business because they’re uncircumcised. (Just kidding, guys. Jewish comics need at least one of you to turn on the lights on Shabbat. Funniest person wins that role…)

Once a year, Avi acts as pied piper–or Moses, if you prefer–taking American comics on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in order to entertain audiences and raise funds for the Crossroads Center in Jerusalem:

Proceeds from stand-up performances in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Raanana by Liberman and three of his professional peers (including the subject of a stand-up documentary and a regular on The Office) directly benefit Anglo youth-at-risk in Jerusalem.

From the Crossroads site:

This year’s 8:30 p.m. comedy benefit schedule is as follows:

Tel Aviv @ the ZOA House on Sunday, June 24 (tickets: 03.695.9341)
Raanana @ Yad LaBanim on Tuesday, June 26 (tickets: 09.761.0549)
Jerusalem @ the Yellow Submarine on Wednesday, June 27 (tickets: 02.624.6265)

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. If you want a group discount, just round up a group (10+) and let us know. And pay attention, especially if you live in Raanana: The shows start at 8:30 p.m. (some of the tickets say “21:00 בשעה,” but in error). The shows start at 8:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. start the shows. The shows at 8:30 p.m. start.

I’m not sure, but I’m beginning to suspect that the event may start at 8:30pm.

Prices are not listed online, but I believe it’s about 80 shekel. Don’t quote me on it, though. But it is a benefit, so buy generously. Do it for the kids, man.

[Cross-posted at MyUrbanKvetch]

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  • I wonder if this is the same Avi Liberman who went to the Huston Hebrew Academy, whose brother I sat next to in third grade.
    One of the sites says he grew up in Texas.

  • Avi’s brother Micha was my co-counselor at Camp Young Judaea – Avi was there too! Both funny guys. Go see the show.

  • Micha is the brother I was with in grade school. Small world.
    I might as well, drive down to Ra’anana to see the show.