01. June 2020 - 19:00 till 21:00
Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, Boston
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Have I Got a Cartoon for You!: A look at Jewish Cartoons | Monday, 01. June 2020

When: Monday, June 1, 2020, 7:00 pm

Where: Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips Street, Beacon Hill


Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and former New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff gathers his favorite Jewish cartoons and writes an introduction in which he shows how his Jewish heritage helped him to become a successful cartoonist, examines the place of cartoons in the vibrant history of Jewish humor, and plumbs Jewish thought wisdom and shtick for humorous insights. Mankoff has written: “I always think that it’s strange that the Jews, The People of the Book, eventually became much better known as The People of the Joke. Strange because laughter in the Old Testament is not a good thing: When God laughs, you’re toast. If you say “Stop me if you’ve heard this one ” he does for good…. Now am I worried that these cartoons will bring His wrath down upon me down with a bolt from the blue. Not really but every time there’s a thunderstorm I hide in the cellar.”

Join us at 6:15 PM for a complimentary guided tour of the Vilna! Learn about the history of the Jews of Boston and the unique architectural features of this particular building.

Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4 pm and on weekends. Parking validation is only good for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/ Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street. Entrance to the underground garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods/CVS) and Au Bon Pain, near the intersection of Blossom St and Cambridge St. Yellow tickets from the surface lot at Whole Foods cannot be validated.

The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, is Boston’s only landmark historic Jewish building. Today, it serves as a modern-day cultural center and living museum in downtown Boston.