March is to be a ‘Month of Dialogue’ – comedy, films aimed at exploring Israel and interfaith | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

March is to be a ‘Month of Dialogue’ – comedy, films aimed at exploring Israel and interfaith 


The Milwaukee Jewish Federation is organizing a “Month of Dialogue” for March, starting with a live comedy event, all of it aimed at generating discussion related to Israel and the interfaith world. 

“The Month of Dialogue is an opportunity for us to engage in difficult and multilayered conversations in hopes of seeing the nuance of Israel and the humanity of each other,” said Kai Gardner Mishlove, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. That Federation program is organizing the Month of Dialogue in cooperation with another, the Israel Center. 

“The Month of Dialogue is a series of events designed to create opportunities for deep, thoughtful, and civil conversations about Israel,” said Milwaukee Community Shaliach Uria Roth who leads the Israel Center.  

Comedy for Peace 

The schedule starts with a “Comedy for Peace” event, March 1 at the Cardinal Stritch Kendall Theater. Attendees must RSVP for the free event, which is cosponsored by the Federation’s NextGen MKE. Learn more at Comedy for Peace, established just three years ago, is a New York-based project that brings together Muslim and Jewish stand-up comedians for performances.  

The group was founded with the belief that “although the political situation isn’t easily fixable, on a personal level – we’re all human beings who want to work and live together, peacefully,” according to promotional materials. The show is not political. 

Comedy for Peace has a roster of comedians and four are scheduled to perform at Cardinal Stritch: 

  • Dotan Malach, founder of Comedy for Peace. Born and raised in Israel, he is now based on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 
  • Tehran Von Ghasri brings his diverse background of Black, Persian, Muslim and Jewish. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and Fox.  
  • Reem Edan is an Iraqi-American comedian, writer, actress and digital content creator who offers “Muslim-Ennial” humor. She was recently named on Bustle’s list of “5 Muslim women comedians to get you through social distancing.” 
  • Steve Marshall is a New York based Jewish American comedian, actor and a writer. Promotional materials describe him as a wild, unique, energetic and smart performer. 

The month is to feature several other events including a March 21 visit by a Druze dignitary and films, both in person and virtual. Earlier in the month, “Cinema Sabaya,” is to be shown March 9, 7 p.m., at Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road.  

In the film, strangers both Arab and Jewish share raw footage that they shoot each week with their classmates. They are confronted not only by the vast differences in their circumstances but also by striking points of connection.  

Check the sponsoring organizations’ websites and Facebook pages for more information, or the March 1 edition of the Chronicle.