Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Literary Festival--The 188th Crybaby Brigade
Washington DCJCC

Joel Chasnoff, The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah – A Memoir

Sunday, October 24
Noon | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
Tickets: $11, Discounted Members/Seniors/Under 25 $9
Babysitting available, $5 (email to reserve)

Light bagel brunch will be served.

Joel Chasnoff—Ivy League-educated, suburban-born stand-up comedian—sweats, grunts and rolls his eyes through a military tour in the Israeli Army. Surrounded by a platoon of mama’s boys and crybabies carrying loaded weapons, this admitted peace-loving, left-leaning, lactose-intolerant American Jew invites readers to share his journey from gung-ho, would-be warrior to disillusioned soldier.

Joel ChasnoffJoel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries, including a U.S.O. Comedy Tour of Japan and Korea entertaining American Marines, and performances at over two hundred North American colleges. He lives in New York. A portion of all proceeds from Joel’s stand-up comedy performances and this book is donated to Joel’s foundation, Project Elijah, which distributes money to organizations promoting humanitarian causes.

“In this illuminating work Joel Chasnoff does for the IDF what Mailer did for the Pacific campaign and O’Brien for the war in Vietnam. This is a chilling book.” —Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead

“This comic coming-of-age memoir is as touching as it is tough, as insightful as it is funny. The 188th Crybaby Brigade is an unsentimental but moving portrait of a soldier’s heart and mind.” —Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada.

Watch Joel Chasnoff's hilarious book trailer!

Please pay for babysitting at the door. To reserve babysitting, email or call 202-777-3251.

Sponsored by Toni A Ritzenberg. This program is co-sponsored by Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy and the Jewish Agency for Israel - Aliyah North America.


Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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