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Lone Soldier

What is a 24-year-old American, a graduate of an Ivy League University, doing serving in the Israel Defense Forces?

Find out Friday evening, February 10, 2017, at 8 p.m., when stand-up comedian and author Joel Chasnoff returns to University Synagogue to present “Lone Soldier: Being An American Jew in the World’s Only Jewish Army.” His talk and dialogue with the audience will take place after Shabbat Services at 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine.

“Last February, Chasnoff presented an incredibly humorous evening to a ‘full house’ at services,” says Rabbi Arnold Rachlis.  “Now he’s coming back to perform his first-person account of his experiences from childhood at a Jewish day school to a hilltop in Lebanon as an Israeli tank gunner fighting Hezbollah that led to his discovery about his true Jewish identity.”

Chasnoff has been the warm-up act for Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and is currently writing a pilot for Comedy Central.  His memoir about his year in the Israeli Army, The 188th Crybaby Brigade, was a Denver Post bestseller and has been optioned for Hollywood.

Free and open to the public, the evening will conclude with an Oneg Shabbat Welcome and dessert reception.   For more information, go to:;  (949) 553-3535.

Joel Chasnoff