Jeremy Dauber // Jewish Humor: A History in Five Jokes



Jewish Humor: A History in Five Jokes

How do you talk about Jewish humor? With jokes! Jeremy Dauber of Columbia University offers a wide ranging treatment of Jewish comedy over two millennia- including the greatest Jewish joke in history. (At least in one man's opinion.) Presented in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish, Language, Literature and Culture and director of Columbia’s Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies. His first book, Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, focused on the usage of biblical and rabbinic texts by Yiddish and Hebrew writers of the early Jewish Enlightenment. In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern, offered a sustained look at early modern Yiddish masterworks, paying particular attention to their treatment of supernatural themes and beings. He is co-editor and co-translator, with Joel Berkowitz, of Landmark Yiddish Plays, an anthology of Yiddish drama, and editor, with Barbara Mann, of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History, a leading journal in the field of Jewish literature. Professor Dauber’s latest book is The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye; it received the Sophie Brody Honor Medal from the American Library Association and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is currently working on a history of Jewish comedy.

Sunday, January 31, 4:00 PM

101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA

FREE, advance registration recommended. Ticketing through

This program is part of our year-long series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia.
Free but advance registration is recommended. Ticketing through
Event Date and Time: 
January 31, 2016 4:00pm
Open to the public