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Vermont's Jewish community to celebrate culture

There's no shortage in Vermont of comedy, music, and Jews. Many Jews (and certainly many non-Jews) are expected to celebrate on March 29 at the award-winning show, "So, Jew Live in Vermont?"

In the style of Steve Allen's original "Tonight Show" format, the stage show will feature live music, standup comedy, and interviews with plucky and prominent Jews living in Vermont.

"I'm so happy I could plotz," said comedian and producer Jason P. Lorber, when asked how he felt about last year's production, which featured Gov. Madeleine Kunin dancing the latke dance around a table with a Jewish organic farmer and artist.

"When I spoke with Hadassah, we agreed to have an encore production to celebrate Vermont's diverse and colorful Jewish community," he said.

"So...Jew Live in Vermont" features a variety of talent and provocative stories, including host, comedian Jason P. Lorber, Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz, Paul Millman of Chroma Technology Corp., actress, playwright and environmentalist Kathryn Blume, filmmaker Jeff Farber, and live performances by music duo Gigi Weisman and Joni AvRutick.

The event will benefit Hadassah, a Jewish women's organization, and help renovate the acclaimed Ein Kerem campus of Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

The event will also feature giveaways to lucky audience members of DVDs and movies to audience members.

The show begins at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Film House at 60 Lake St. in Burlington. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at 802-863-5966. More information available at www.VermontComedy.com.

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