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Temple Beth Shalom

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Mensch in Tights: How Jewish History & Culture Shaped the Comic Book Superhero

Not only do comic book superheroes Batman and Superman disguise themselves to save the world, but, they also disguise their creator’s Jewish heritage and values. Since their creation in the 1930’s comic books have become a part of our nation’s vocabulary, forever changing the way we think about stories, pictures, and what makes a hero. Unmask the Jewish subtexts of these stories and discover the unique contributions Jews have made to this American art form. The Adult and Family Learning Committee presents Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, an internationally known speaker and the best-selling author of “Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero” and “Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century”. He has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been profiled in leading publications, including the New York Times, Miami Herald, and London Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for the Jerusalem Post, JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many other agencies. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute, the renowned New York art school. He was recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” by PBS affiliate Channel 13.

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