The Jewish Federation of Milwaukee is hosting a “Dialogue Month” for March, starting with a live comedy event, all aimed at generating discussion about Israel and the interfaith world.

“Dialogue Month is an opportunity for us to engage in difficult, multi-leveled conversations in hopes of seeing the nuance of Israel and the humanity of the other,” said Kai Gardner Mishlove, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. This Federation program organizes Dialogue Month in cooperation with another, the Israel Center.

“Dialogue Month is a series of events designed to create opportunities for deep, thoughtful, and civil conversations about Israel,” said Milwaukee community Shaliach Uria Roth, who directs the Israel Center.

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The program begins with a “Comedy for Peace” event, March 1 at the Cardinal Stritch Kendall Theater. Attendees must RSVP for the free event, which is co-sponsored by NextGen MKE Federation. Learn more at MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelinMilwaukee. Comedy for Peace, created just three years ago, is a New York-based project that brings together Muslim and Jewish comedians for performances.

The group was founded with the belief that “although the political situation is not easily repairable, on a personal level, we are all human beings who want to work and live together, in peace”, according to the promotional material. The show is not political.

Comedy for Peace has a roster of comedians and four are scheduled to perform at Cardinal Stritch:

  • Dotan Malach, founder of Comedy for Peace. Born and raised in Israel, he is now based on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
  • Tehran Von Ghasri brings his diverse background of Black, Persian, Muslim and Jewish. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and Fox.
  • Reem Edan is an Iraqi-American comedian, writer, actress, and digital content creator who delivers “Muslim-ennial” humor. She was recently named to Bustle’s list of “5 Muslim Comedians to Help You Through Social Distancing.”
  • Steve Marshall is a Jewish American comedian, actor, and writer based in New York City. The promotional material describes him as a wild, unique, energetic and intelligent artist.

The month is set to feature several other events, including a March 21 visit by a Druze dignitary and films, both in person and virtual. Earlier in the month,Cinema Sabaya,” will screen March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road.

In the film, Arab and Jewish strangers share raw footage they shoot weekly with their classmates. They are confronted not only with the great differences in their situation, but also with striking points of connection.

Check the sponsoring organizations’ websites and Facebook pages for more information, or the March 1 edition of the Chronicle.