Nothing Says 4/20 Like a 'Broad City' Weed Supercut

Happy 4/20!

If you’re looking for a distraction between blunts, spend some time with Jewish stoner buddies Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. “Broad City” may only have been around for two seasons, but its lovely ladies have already provided viewers with enough smoke-filled scenes to justify a four-minute and 20-second-long Comedy Central supercut.

So, sit down, relax, grab a Ben & Jerry’s Brrr-ito, and let the “weed geniuses” do their thing.

Watch the whole video here.


Amy Schumer Talks Hollywood, Feminism and Teases Upcoming Season

Amy Schumer stands amongst a group of scantily-dressed women on exercise bikes—clad head to toe in 1980s work out gear. “Why am I dressed like this?” she asks the camera. “Because it’s season three and I can do whatever the f—ck I want.”

And so begins the next life cycle of “Inside Amy Schumer,” the Peabody award winning Comedy Central show that features a playful concoction of sketches, interviews and stand-up.

“After season one I was going to move to Africa.” Shumer quipped during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Sunday. “But I think we have confidence now that we can make this show.”

Schumer, who was joined on stage by executive producers Dan Powell and Jessi Klien, director Ryan McFaul, and producers Kim Caramele and Kevin Kane, teased an upcoming season filled with a roster of high profile guests and parody music videos (think “Baby Got Back” and “What Makes You Beautiful” but with slightly more literal twists). Also in the can—an in-depth chat with Bailey Jay, a trans woman, and “The Last F—able Age,” a sketch examining the issue of aging in Hollywood for women, featuring Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

“They were outraged by the same stuff that we think is unfair.” Schumer mused. “More and more in Hollywood you see a 65-year old dude and Natalie Portman being like, we’re in love.”

Powell noted that there will always be a strong note of feminism in the show. “It was going to be a feminist show because that’s what Amy is,” Powell said. “That’s how Amy represents herself on stage and in life.” Schumer notes, however, that finding that balance wasn’t always easy. “I think in the first season, Jessi and I felt like our feminism was something we had to sneak in. We wanted to get viewers and retain viewers and also make the show that we wanted to make.” The result, she said, was what the website AV Club deemed a show equivalent to putting shaved carrots into brownies. “I loved that,” Schumer said with a laugh. “We thought we were being so slick.”

Other more difficult trigger topics—rape and gun violence were among the themes that came up during the season premiere—are laced throughout the series with the hope of opening a discussion with viewers.

“It’s always a risk.” Schumer said. “We really are trying to educate. If we know what message we want to send and we think of a premise that’s funny, we’ll go to town.”

#Oydate: The 4/20 Edition

It’s 4/20! The following installment of #OyDate reveals it may not be the greatest day for a first date!

'Tough Year For Jews' Remembered at Holocaust Candle-Lighting

Holocaust survivors who decades ago launched “ The Annual Gathering of Remembrance” — New York City’s largest and older Holocaust commemoration — could not have imagined that 70 years after their liberation anti-Semitism in Europe would once more be a primary concern for Jews worldwide.

David Marwell director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage welcomed the 2000-strong assemblage at Temple Emanu-El acknowledging “the survivors—though sadly fewer— their children, children’s children, even children’s children’s children” as a potent proof of “the exponential power of survival, determination and dedication to life.”

“This has been a tough year for Jews all around the world, said Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General. “The ugly stains of Anti-Semitism resurfaced again — mainly in Europe—and most recently in France… After the attacks in Paris it was the French Prime Minister who said, “If Jews will leave t his country, France will no longer be France.’”

Sharing the memory of 17 members of his family machine-gunned on their porch by Nazis, N.Y. State Senator Charles Schumer declared:” You must speak out whenever Anti-Semitism rears is ugly head. Addressing the issues of divestiture and on-campus Anti-Semitism,” he concluded with the biblical reminder: “In every generation they have risen to oppress us.”

Third Generation Shiri Sandler the Museum’s U.S. Director of the Auschwitz-Jewish Center, spoke of her grandmother as a role model. “At 16 she lost her home, her world. Chosen to go on a Kindertransport she refused to leave her parents and with them was deported to Theriesenstadt whence her grandfather was sent to Auschwitz, then a to sub-camp at Dachau and shot on Christmas Eve. My grandmother’s mother who had a stroke at 44 was deported to Auschwtiz. My grandmother got herself added to the deportation list by choice so she could stay with her mother but were separated on the ramp when guards stopped her. My grandmother wishes I didn’t do this kind of work. She does not want the horror of her life to be part of mine. The work I do at the museum is how I honor my grandmother and all the other survivors I’ve known and loved.”

A long roster of speakers, performances by HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir; El Mole Rachamim and sung by Cantor Joseph Malovany, a salute to U.S. and Russian liberators in the audience as well as applause for three survivors of Rwanda’s genocide.

Among the lighters of the Six Memorial Candles by survivors was my friend Dasha Renberg accompanied by her only son Moshe and Avital one of her 36 great-grandchildren! Dasha was born in 1929 in Bedzin, Poland survived the city’s ghetto and Blechhammer labor camp in Germany and a later camp in Czechoslovakia. She was liberated by the Soviets on May 8, 1945. He cousin was the late Cardinal Lustiger.

Event co-chairs were Second Generation Rita Lerner and Ann Oster.

Doing Coachella the Jewish Way

The Shabbat Tent offers a Jewish reprieve from the heat at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

Photo: Courtesy of the Shabbat Tent

The Shabbat Tent offers a Jewish reprieve from the heat at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

(JTA) — The second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival starts today. That means nearly 100,000 people will descend upon the Colorado Desert in Indio, California for what has become the world’s highest-grossing music festival.

For most normal humans, the festivities double as an extreme endurance test. Temperatures regularly creep toward 100 degrees during the day – without the added heat from large, dancing crowds – and the music blasts for 12 hours, starting at around 11 a.m.

Just outside the main concert grounds, where thousands of people sleep in tents to prepare for the next day of the three-day party, festival-goers can find the Shabbat Tent – described by its leader as an “oasis of hospitality in the crazy festival environment.”

“It’s a little bit like the Jewish people in the desert,” said Shabbat Tent Director Rabbi Yonah Bookstein. “I think putting up a tent and welcoming people is in our DNA.”

The Shabbat Tent, now in its third year at Coachella, is exactly what it sounds like. Under Bookstein’s direction, a group of 10 or so volunteers (all in their 20s) helps run a Shabbat service and dinner on Friday night before the main acts hit the stage (this year’s Friday headliners include rock groups Tame Impala and AC/DC). On Saturday, the tent holds an 11 a.m. service followed by lunch.

Jews from all over the world, of all denominations (and presumably varying levels of sobriety) stop in to hang out, meet new friends or just snack on some challah. After the music ends on Saturday night, the tent hosts an open jam session.

Jews from all over the world stop in to hang out, meet new friends or just snack on challah.

Bookstein, 45, is the rabbi of the newly formed Pico Shul in Los Angeles and is the rabbi-in-residence at the University of Southern California Hillel. He runs the tent with his wife Rachel and tries to see a few of the musical acts during the weekend, but he usually gets caught up in the tent’s activities and social atmosphere.

“People are coming in and out all day and all night,” Bookstein said. “Maybe at 3 a.m. there’s no one there.”

As an organization, Shabbat Tent has existed since 2000. But since Bookstein took over five years ago, the venture has broadened its scope, setting up shop in as many as seven festivals per year. Among others, Shabbat Tent has visited Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Quincy, California’s High Sierra Music Festival and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Musicians and artists often join in the services. Bookstein credits Matisyahu’s visits to the Shabbat Tent at festivals like Bonnaroo and the Langerado Music Festival for boosting the organization’s profile.

The premise has been such a success that Bookstein is working to develop a Shabbat Tent app, which would keep users informed about the organization’s events and help Jews at festivals without a Shabbat Tent create one on their own.

At Coachella two years ago, Bookstein said a young woman with tattoos and dreadlocks asked him about the tent as the festival was winding up on Sunday.

“She said, ‘If I had known that being Jewish was this cool, I never would have left after my bat mitzvah,’” Bookstein said.

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