The Spirituality of Laughter: A Look at the Holiness of Humor

May 30 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A serious lecture with an average of two genuine belly laughs per minute. This program explores humor in ancient through modern times, demonstrating why laughter is far more than simple diversionary entertainment.

  • The psychological, physical, and spiritual value of clean, un-hurtful comedy.
  • Humor as a coping mechanism in times of transition, celebration, and stress.
  • Laughter’s critical role in “repairing the world,” including a special focus on Bob’s “Laugh in Peace Tour” with Christian and Muslim comedians.

A portion of proceeds from this program will be donated to The Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS) in Nairobi, Kenya, an organization supported by the Alpers.

Rabbi Bob AlperRabbi Bob Alper served large synagogues in Buffalo and Philadelphia, experiences that, naturally, prepared him for his more than 30-year career as a full-time stand-up comic. He performs across North America, the Caribbean and Europe and is heard regularly on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Bob earned a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is the author of three books. Northshire residents know him simply as “Sherri Alper’s husband who tells jokes in the aisles of Shaw’s.”



Manchester Community Library
138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, Manchester, VT, USA