Sunday December 17 at 4:00pm
at Kehilat Gesher
Join us as we explore great Jewish literature together !
A Horse Walks Into a Bar
by David Grossman
In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as an awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, as it teeters between hilarity and hysteria, Dov’s patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood : we meet his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth-where Lazar witnessed what would become the central event of Dov’s childhood-Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian’s story of loss and survival. Continuing his investigations into how people confront life’s capricious battering, and how art may blossom from it, Grossman delivers a stunning performance in this memorable one-night engagement (jokes in questionable taste included).
Le programme de l’année /This year’s program :
28 janvier : « Un monde vacillant » de Cynthia Ozick / “Heir to the Glimmering World” by Cynthia Ozick
11 mars : « Le juif dans le lotus : des rabbins chez les lamas » de Rodger Kamenetz / “The Jew in the Lotus : A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India” by Rodger Kamenetz
6 mai : « Quand un crocodile mange le soleil » de Peter Godwin / “When a Crocodile Eats the Sun” by Peter Godwin
3 juin : « Nous étions l’avenir » de Yaël Ne’eman / היינו העתיד / “We Were the Future” by Yael Neeman