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Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series

Adults Ages 18+

Comedy for Peace
Thursday, October 19, 2023
| 7:00-9:00pm

Join us for an extraordinary night of comedy and laughter featuring a stellar lineup of comedians. Experience the wit and humor of a diverse range of performers: from one of the most promising up-and-coming comedians, who uniquely embodies Black, Persian, Jewish, and Muslim identities – Tehran Von Ghasri, to the only Orthodox Jewish woman comedian who brings her own distinct perspective, Carmiya Weinraub. Not to be missed are the performances by Gibran Saleem, a Muslim American, raised in a Pakistani household in Virginia and Erik Angel, an Israeli Jew and the creator of Comedy for Peace. Join in the laughter, and leave with the realization that we share much more in common than meets the eye! Comedy for Peace is an offering of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series. For questions, email boxoffice@jccgb.org or call 617-558-6488.

Watch some of Comedy For Peace’s previous performances here!

Meet the Comedians

Carmiya Weinraub


One of the few Orthodox Jewish female comedians in North America, Carmiya has found a way to create a comedy career without ever performing on Shabbat, which feels like a major accomplishment. She has worked as a teacher, social worker, and errand avoider, all while being a mom. Her comedy is clean, but her house isn’t.

Erik Angel


Erik is an Israeli-Jewish comedian and the founder/producer of Comedy for Peace. Born and raised in Israel, he moved to New York a few years ago. Since then, he has been performing all around the world, appearing Carolines on Broadway, The Laugh Factory in L.A., and among other major venues. He has opened for major headliners including Maz Jobrani, regularly tours Europe, and has performed in Israel and Tokyo. Erik has appeared on NBC, participated in comedy festivals and has more than 2 million views on Tik-Tok. His comedy is surprising, clever, high-energy, and deals with being a forty-ish recent immigrant, a newlywed, being Jewish, and speaking English-Falafel 24/7.

Gibran Saleem


Gibran is a Muslim-American comedian born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia in a Pakistani household. He is the only comedian to be a finalist for both Stand-Up NBC and NBC Late Night. Gibran has been featured on MTV, TV Land, Popcorn Flix, PBS, CUNY TV, VOA, Elite Daily, and Cosmopolitan and performed his stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXS TV. He is a staple among college campuses and travels throughout the year.

Tehran von Ghasri


Tehran is one of the hottest rising comedians on the scene. With a diverse and sometimes contrasting background, he is Black, Persian, Muslim and Jewish, has both street smarts and formal education. As seen on Comedy Central, HBO and Fox, Tehran brings a fresh, unique perspective to comedy and humor. When he is not touring in the US or around the world, he performs regularly at the Laugh Factory in L.A.

What is Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations?

If you enjoy a lively exchange of ideas on today’s hot button topics, the JCC’s acclaimed discussion series is for you.

We bring together distinguished scholars, thought leaders and expert moderators for thought-provoking dialogue on issues of concern to the Jewish community and beyond. The series is named in honor of Jonathan Samen, z”l (of blessed memory), past chair of the JCC Greater Boston Governing Board, to recognize his legacy of leadership.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. As a 501(c)(3), JCC Greater Boston does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office or political parties.

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