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Cong. Beth Shalom Brandon

Laugh out loud: Acclaimed comedian Rabbi Bob Alper will perform clean, intelligent, sophisticated humor at the synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit for advance ticket purchase. Alper was a synagogue rabbi for 14 years, holding a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He left the bima and for 28 years has been filled as “the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy…intentionally.” He is often heard on satellite radio and the Chicago Tribune described his act as, “Hilarious. Relaxed, clean, unhurtful. A warm type of humor.”

Hear Wallenberg saga: Meet and hear attorney and author Morris Wolff who has spent many years seeking to unravel the mystery of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance. Wolff will serve as the congregation’s scholar-in-residence for the Jan. 20 event.

Wallenberg, named a Righteous Gentile, was a Swedish diplomat in Hungary and was credited with saving thousands of Jews during World War II. He mysteriously disappeared when the Soviet Union liberated Hungary. Years later, Wolff sued the former Soviet Union for Wallenberg’s release from prison. Wolff will present highlights from his book, Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg, and will autograph copies for sale at the presentation.

A private wine and cheese reception will kick off the Saturday evening event at 7 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $18. Wolff’s 8 p.m. talk is open to all. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. RSVP to the congregation office at (813) 681-6547.

Page Turners: Join in on a live online discussion with author Abigail Pogrebin as the Page Turners group reviews her book, My Jewish Year: 18 holidays, One Wondering Jew. A light dinner will be served at no charge. The event is on Monday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

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