Who, What & Where: Julia Haart, World Laughter Day, Jewish history
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here
ROUNDUP

Who, What & Where: Julia Haart, World Laughter Day, Jewish history

Our weekly roundup of what's on and what's hot

LAUGHTER: Cue the Chortle

If you wake up on Sunday feeling a bit down, try and find a comedian to cheer you up as its World Laughter Day (WLD) and they’ll be touting their talents. Primed to make us cackle from the stage, ‘black dog’ days are a perpetual problem for professional funny people but, as laughter boosts immunity, reduces stress and improves mental wellbeing, it’s worth investing in WLD. To get things warmed up, we’ve quizzed a few Jewish comics for tactics.

Josh Howie
Isy Suttie

Josh Howie says getting once you get going, the rest follows: “The first laugh is always the sweetest and, once you’ve had your first, you’re more likely to have your second because the audience thinks you’re funny.”  Like Josh, Isy Suttie gets her giggle buzz from seeing an audience respond well. “It’s a brilliant feeling, but you can’t really languish in it as you’re usually thinking of the next gag, whether to pop in that new bit, swap the order or address a latecomer; your brain is working on a lot of different levels at the same time.”

Rachel Creeger
Daniel Cainer

Sounds stressful, but according to Rachel Creeger, laughter is a shared experience. “It’s a gift that is specific to that group of people in a specific moment.” For Daniel Cainer, it’s about emotional connection. “Laughter is a form of escapism and can help you forget about everything else. It can be a way to broach serious or traumatic subjects and no subject is off limits if handled correctly. I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself and, as Jews, we are good at doing that.”

Daniel has also found Jewish audiences to be frustrated comedians. “They sometimes think they are funnier than me and try to tell me their own jokes.” That doesn’t bother Aaron Simmonds, one-time winner of Jewish Comedian of the Year, as making someone forget about a rubbish day by laughing is a job well done.

“But more important is the way I connect with people. I’ve always been on the outside looking in and laughter can show that someone else understands what you’re trying to say. Or they really don’t have a clue and are just being polite!” So remember to laugh fulsomely if you see Aaron on Sunday, even if you don’t get what he’s saying.

Aaron Simmonds

BOOK: Pure of Haart

Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie. No prizes for guessing whose tome this belongs to, as Julia Haart, the once frum fashionista shelved her modesty to become a Netflix star and hasn’t looked back.

She has returned to Monsey, her former New Jersey homestead a few times and will doubtless be signing copies of her book there given the chance. Now estranged from her Italian husband Silvio Scaglia and fired as CEO of his model and talent agency, Elite World Group, Julia has also petitioned for a restraining order against him as he berated her publicly.

Evidently he hates everything about her and her family who feature in My Unorthodox Life and also she alleges hates Shabbat. “I hate Shabbos and I don’t want it in my house,” is what Julia attributes to her soon-to-be ex spouse. No doubt this and so much more will be available to view when season 2 starts in the summer. Until then there’s the book, and our interview coming soon.

 

THIS MONTH IN JEWISH HISTORY

By Jewish News Historian Derek Taylor

On April 15th 1840 19 members of the Bevis Marks Synagogue and 5 members of the Ashkenazi Great Synagogue founded a new community. It was widely known as the Secessionist Synagogue. The founders wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t founded to split from Orthodox practice.

They wanted a synagogue nearer their homes in the West End and a shorter service at more convenient times, more religious instruction and greater decorum. Otherwise, as one of their wardens said “For any least deviation unqualified censure will be heaped upon us and the self-styled Orthodox of our co-religionists will gladly seize on the the minutest point to vilify our minister and cast obloquy on our congregations”.

So Hebrew was maintained, men and women sat separately and there was very little difference between the Secessionists and the Orthodox for the best part of 100 years.

 

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments