Historical. Hysterical. Inspirational.
Rabbi Paul Kipnes: “Seth uses humor to teach very profound lessons
Join comedian & Jewish Zodiac® creator Seth Front for a humorous and educational multimedia history of the delicatessen across four generations of Jews in America, from 1880 to the present. Discover the real story behind your favorite deli foods & how they intertwine with the American journey of our people. Find out what Jewish Zodiac® sign you are and join us for this huge, fun platter of Jewish cultural history with a side order of nostalgia.
Tuesday June 7, 2016
Valley Beth Shalom
15739 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
about how our cultural journey is inextricably connected
to the foods we so often take for granted."¯
Rabbi Greg Wolfe: “You really made the Jewish experience in America
come alive through our love of Jewish food. Dare I say,
you had everyone eating out of your hand."
Rabbi Mike Rothbaum: “Seth was warm, informative and really funny.
I can't think of a better way to engage people in an introduction
to American Jewish history."¯
Anita Persoff: “People are STILL talking about your wonderful presentation.
Your humorous spin on the history of it all made it even more fun."
Joe Blachman: “Seth presents the timeline in such an inviting way that listeners
are compelled to place themselves and their family history into his story."¯
Rhoda Lipsig: "Our 32 Sisterhoods laughed with and learned from Seth Front at our
May Conference and have scheduled this program for their own Sisterhoods.
So I'm a knish! How did you know that my husband is a pickle?"
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About The Speech
This hour-long speech is both a culinary history of the Jewish delicatessen as well as a cultural history of four generations of American Jews and Judaism, from 1880 to the present day.
Seth Front's presentation uses over two hundred images to tell the story of the Jewish delicatessen in America: its arrival on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century; its adaptation to American tastes; its assimilation into mainstream American culture; and its return to authenticity in the 21st century.
More importantly, Seth uses our culinary history to explain our communal Jewish American heritage, highlighting the most important cultural changes from generation to generation.
With his trademark humor, Mr. Front weaves this social history into a compelling narrative by using the twelve most iconic deli foods as guideposts. These food symbols are the heart and soul of Mr. Front's Jewish Zodiac®, a deli food parody of the Chinese zodiac found online at jewzo.com.
Humorous, heartwarming, and educational too, “A Culinary History Of Jews In America"¯ has been delighting audiences nationwide. It is perfect for fundraising events or other programs which serve to unify the community around our common heritage and faith.
For a downloadable flyer about the presentation, click here.
For the LA Weekly article about the presentation, click here.
About Seth Front
Seth Front is a comedian and entrepreneur who uses humor to emotionally connect Jews to their heritage and faith.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, he has worked in the film industry as both a development executive and screenwriter, and co-wrote the feature film "Nickel and Dime"¯ starring Wallace Shawn and C. Thomas Howell. In 2009 he turned a joke about a deli food zodiac into a gift company called Jewish Zodiac®. Seth has been profiled by chef Evan Kleiman on KCRW's Good Food radio program as well as in the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly Food Blogs. The winner of the Union for Reform Judaism's 1st Annual Comedy Contest held at the 2013 Biennial, Seth performs stand-up comedy around Los Angeles, including at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and Flappers in Burbank.
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