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April 22, 2016  RSS feed

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Comedian to perform at Israeli fundraiser

Benji Lovitt Benji Lovitt Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt will entertain at an event geared for young Jewish adults on Saturday, May 14 at 9 p.m. at freeFall Theater in St, Petersburg.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is partnering with Israel Bonds to bring Lovitt, a comic known for his unique perspective on Israel, as a way of opening a window into what it means to support Israel.

The purpose of this event is to engage the Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD) and the greater community in a new and fun way, Federation officials say.

Any YAD participant who pledges $180 to this year’s Jewish Federation Campaign will be entered to win a trip for two on the Federation’s Cuba Mission Trip. The ticket will be drawn at the event and the participant must be present to win.

The cost for the event is $50 or admission is free with the purchase of a $36 Israel Bond. Those buying a bond can designate it as a double mitzvah by donating it to the Federation. That means it can be applied to a pledge to the Federation.

The evening with Lovitt will start off with a happy hour at 8 p.m., which will include a brief Havdalah service.

Lovitt’s show begins at 9 p.m. Afterward, any attendee who has made a pledge to the Federation campaign equal to or greater than $180 and purchased a $36 Israel Bond for free admission to the event is invited to join an after party with Lovitt.

Since making aliyah in 2006, Lovitt has performed for audiences around the world including Hillels, Birthright Israel, Jewish Federations, and more. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications such as USA Today, Time magazine, Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and more. During 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel “the only reason to go on Facebook.” His annual Yom Ha’atzmaut list of things he loves about Israel has developed a huge following and he works regularly with Jewish organizations to promote Israel.

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