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Jewish congregation to offer evening of comedy


Published:   |   Updated: August 21, 2014 at 08:48 AM

The Beth Israel Jewish Congregation is inviting the public to dinner and “A Little Love, A Little Sex, A Little Nagging and A Whole Lot of Comedy” Aug. 30.

The three, one-act plays will take place at Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. S. The doors open for the fall fundraiser at 4:30 p.m., and the clean but a little naughty comedy show will begin at 6:30.

“I have 40 years as an actor and director in little theater and love working with all the budding talent in our temple,” said Judy Branch, director of the show. “In between the three acts, graduates from a comedy class I recently taught will be debuting their standup skills. I know they will do a great job.”

The first act stars Joe Birnbaum making his first call to a sex chat hotline. Delyse Axin answers the call on her first day on the job. An awkward conversation ensues.

The second act is a spoof on miscommunication between a couple married most of their lives. Actors Carol MacAlister and Ken Rodman play the husband and wife who seek help from counselor Joyce Strickland to prove their partners simply don’t pay attention.

The third act tests the patience of actor Judy Branch, a wife who tries to convince her spoiled, childish husband, played by Ron Deitsch, that she doesn’t have an ulterior motive for going to Hawaii. It’s not about the sexy men. It’s about visiting their daughter.

In between acts, amateur comedians Linda Mumford, Mark Neckes, Dianne Felder and Sharon Privitera will entertain the audience as they debut their standup routines. Rabbi Carol Feldman will close the show and attempt to keep up with the rest of the comedians. Director Branch doesn’t think this will be an issue for the quick-witted rabbi.

Tickets are $20 and include the show and a buffet dinner of sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages. The event is BYOB. Cups and ice will be provided. Seating at tables is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can reserve a table with the purchase of eight tickets and an additional reservation fee of $20.

There will be a silent auction, raffle, wheel of fortune at $2 a spin and 50/50 drawing. Only cash or checks will be accepted, no credit cards.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will help Beth Israel, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E, continue its many efforts to help support Sun City Center seniors. Some of its charitable works include supplying meals to the SCC Emergency Squad and local fire department and providing Hanukkah and Christmas gifts to families in need.

Since joining Beth Israel a year ago, Rabbi Freedman has introduced free classes to seniors on Worship 101, Jewish history and Hebrew, both refresher and beginner. The proceeds will help defer overhead expenses of these and other classes.

Due to the current parking issues at the Atrium, there are two options for ticket purchases:

• Send a check made payable to Beth Israel to Carol Balent at 11449 Crestlake Village Drive, Riverview, Fl 33569. Tickets will be mailed to you within two to three days after receipt of your check.

• Call Rochelle Lafer at (813) 938-3824 and she will make arrangements to meet you at a convenient location with your tickets.

For additional information, email monkeyandwife@yahoo.com or call (813) 829-7227.

To learn more about Beth Israel, visit www.jcscc.org or call (813) 634-2590.

Dosi Loverro is a freelance writer who can be reached at dloverro@aol.com.

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