Dr. Zack Mann will be the scholar-in-residence for the Shabbat of February 22 to 23 at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake. On Friday at 8 p.m., he will ask “But Is It humor? — the Torah and the Origins of Jewish Comedy.” During Saturday services at 9:30 a.m., the topic will be, “But Is It Jewish? Is there Such a Thing as Jewish Humor?” After lunch, the discussion will be, “But Is It Good for the Jews? Evaluating Jewish Humor.”
Dr. Mann earned his Ph.D. in modern Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is an adjunct assistant professor. He is chair of the Jewish studies and Hebrew department of the Rodeph Shalom School in Manhattan. His wife, Brii, grew up in the Pascack Valley with her parents, Rona and Arthur Weinberg, and her sister, Pamela.
The talks and services are open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Email execdir@Tepv.org, call (201) 391-0801, or go to www.tepv.org.