Our November Book Club selection is No Joke, (296 pages) by Ruth Wisse. A respected author traces the history of modern Jewish humor, evoking and applauding its genius spontaneity. Wisse broadly traces modern Jewish humor around the world, teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German, Yiddish, English, Russian, and Hebrew. Among other topics, the book looks at how Jewish humor channeled Jewish learning and wordsmanship into new avenues of creativity, brought relief to liberal non-Jews in repressive societies, and enriched popular culture in the United States. More about this book may be found at the Amazon website.
Bring your own lunch. Drinks and light snacks provided. RSVP required: Irma Shore