Since immigrating to Israel in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has delivered standup performances and cultural presentations for audiences in countries including the United States, Israel, South Africa, Australia, England, and more. His perspectives on Israeli society and cultural differences have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in media outlets such as USA Today, BBC Radio, Time Magazine, the Atlantic, and the Times of Israel.
Benji opened for well-known comedian Jim Gaffigan on his trip to Tel Aviv and was called “playful, clever, and full of joy” by TV star Mayim Bialik. He has worked as a cross-cultural trainer with Israel’s Foreign Ministry to help diplomats overcome cultural differences and communication gaps, and during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel “the only reason to go on Facebook.”
Benji has taught courses on Jewish humor and comedy’s ability to break down barriers and help people cope with adversity. His unique viewpoints on the humorous side of life in the Holy Land has helped create and promote positive Israel associations for audiences of all religions.
This program is made possible by the Waasdorp Fund for Religious Initiatives.