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Comedy Night Fundraiser
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Northern Hills Synagogue and Congregation Ohav Shalom presented a Comedy Night fundraiser on Sunday, April 10th, at the Mayerson JCC that featured local comedian John Bunyan and internationally renown writer and comic Joel Chasnoff.

Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and author of the comic memoir "The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah," about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli army. He has performed around the globe and has opened for top acts, including Jon Stewart and Lewis Black (The Daily Show). John Bunyan, the warm up act, is the 2010 winner of the "Funniest Person in Cincinnati" contest.

The evening began with a festive reception for the Donors that included wine, beer and soft drinks and assorted finger food. The performers had a snack and mingled with the crowd before everyone moved to the auditorium.

John Bunyan performed first for about 20 minutes, followed by Joel Chasnoff, who joked with the crowd and read an excerpt from his book, The 188th Crybaby Brigade. Afterward, there were dessert refreshments and a variety of raffle prizes were awarded.

Photography by Gayna Bassin.

Reception Table.
The Reception Table.
Poster for the event.
Raffle Ticket table.
Raffle Ticket table.
John Bunyan & Joel Chasnoff
John Bunyan & Joel Chasnoff, the evening's entertainers.
The Reception before the show.
Event Donors enjoyed a reception before the show.
Karen and John Bunyan.
Karen and John Bunyan, comedian.

Gayna & Jeff Bassin, Joel Chasnoff, with Bill & Harriet Freedman. Fundraising Vice-President Joe Lazear in rear right.
Joe Lazear & Dr. Eli Roth
Joe Lazear, Event Chair, and Dr. Eli Roth.

The Presidents of Northern Hills Synagogue and Ohav Shalom.
Karrol Miller, President of Northern Hills Synagogue, and Steve Seigerman, President of Congregation Ohav Shalom, welcomed everyone from the stage.

Steve Seigerman displays a print that will be raffled
off after the performance.
John Bunyan
John Bunyan was the opening act.
Joel Chasnoff
Joel Chasnoff kibbutzed with the audience.
Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff read an excerpt from his book, The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah, and offered to sign copies after the show.


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