Alex Edelman was performing in a stand-up comedy tour of the UK when the pandemic started, and he was doing a show about his crashing a neo-Nazi meet up in Manhattan. He was coaching rabbis a few months later, teaching rabbis how to be funny when they go through online High Holidays programming.
TV has never been the same, and Edelman did not expect that it would be useful religiously. He feels that it is a step in the right direction as he didn’t think someone of his profession will be of much help to a rabbi in this day and age.
Edelman is one of the newest Jewish performers where their careers were turned upside down by the pandemic but have given more value to the community with their craft in helping the community. He was born in Boston and graduated from an Orthodox day school there. He was a creator and head writer of Saturday Night Seder, a star-filled Passover event that rounded up $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation last April.
When the chance came to help synagogues understand and use online tools, Edelman jumped at the opportunity. With the help of Reboot, who gets the Jewish artists together, he worked with a lot of rabbis in Los Angeles, planning what they will show, The pacing, production, and scripts are all borrowed from Hollywood.
Given the recent course of events, this is the perfect resolution to celebrate the holidays still, although it feels strange for some people to be celebrating a holy event by watching a screen. Some consider it to be a different way of conversation, and can still be a focal point to a communal experience of any chag.