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A Muslim Comedian, A Jewish Comedian, A Rabbi and a Muslim Professor…..
You write the anonymous questions, and the comedians ask them for you.
By: M. Khan
Answer Your Questions…..
On Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 7:30pm, East Side Jews and Young MALAC come together to present Stupid Questions in the outdoor gardens of Mexican/Indian Restaurant Cowboys and Turbans located in Los Angeles, CA. Comedians Max Amini and Moshe Kasher will be joined by Rabbi Mordecai Finley and Professor Najeeba Syeed-Miller. Attendees write anonymous questions, and the comedians will riff on the answers, with help from the experts.
The evening is the first of what plans to be a stepping stone for many other interfaith events to come, breaking the misconceptions one religious group may have about the other. “Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr HaTorah and Professor Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Dialogue are the perfect people to answer any of those tough questions”, co- organizer Jill Soloway says.
Syeed-Miller is a Kashmir-born American lawyer, professor and educator in the field of conflict resolution. Her research and writing explore issues of Islamic conflict resolution, family law and interfaith relations. Rabbi Mordecai Finley, former Provost and former President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, is the founding rabbi of Ohr Ha-Torah Congregation, Los Angeles, a traditional-
The evening will be hosted by East Side Jews (www.eastsidejews.com)
Also hosting the event is Young MALAC. The Young Muslim American Leaders Advisory Council Board (www.youngmalac.org)
“We find that holding an event outside a religious establishment is an opportunity for people to relax, get questions answered and enjoy time with old friends while making new ones outside their community. The more we as Muslims help and participate in the community, and get to know about other faiths, the more awareness will be made and stereotypes will be broken,” states co-organizer and Co-Chair of Young MALAC, Rumaisa Rahman.
Comedian Max Amini was born in Tucson, Arizona, from an Iranian heritage. He
was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLAʼs School of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has numerous film and television credits including NBCʼs Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming film Beer Pong. Comedian Moshe Kasher is an award-winning stand up comic writer and actor from Oakland, California. Moshe has appeared on Chelsea Lately on the E! Network, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Vh1's The Hot List, and was featured on the 2011 season of John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central as well as the FOX sitcom Traffic Light.
EAST SIDE JEWS is powered by non-profit REBOOT, a network of Jewish thought-leaders and tastemakers who work toward a common goal: to “reboot” Jewish culture, rituals, and traditions to make them vital and. Reboot helps create opportunities to gather, engage, question, and self-organize with their own
“Stupid Questions” will take place at Cowboys and Turbans Restaurant located at 2813 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. The event will be held from 7:30 pm – 10 pm. Tickets should be purchased in advance for $10 online at http://stupidquestions.eventbrite.com/
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