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It's Not In Heaven: The Comedy of Yisrael Campbell (Film)
a.k.a. Circumcise Me

Paul Weinberg

Film, Identity & Responsibility

How do you combine standup comedy, conversion to Orthodox Judaism (having previously converted to Reform and Conservative Judaism), and aliyah to Israel in one film? Easy! You watch Yisrael (a.k.a. "Chris") Campbell, formerly of Philadelphia and now a resident of Jerusalem, guide you on a journey filled with humor and genuine pathos, from his upbringing in the United States to his life today as a standup comedian living in Jerusalem. Although a convert, Yisrael Campbell has a genuine Jewish "tam" (flavor, sensibility) to his take on the world, and particularly on the world of Israel today. His humor bridges the gap between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jew, and the American and Israeli Jew. Talking about everyday life in Israel— with its joys and tragedies—both reverently and humorously, and at the same time commenting on the underlying important concepts of Judaism, Campbell gives us a unique must-watch film about Judaism and Israel today.

Paul Weinberg

www.aldenfilms.com/

Paul Weinberg has owned Alden Films since 1984, which is a distributor of Jewish and Israeli films. Prior to that, he managed the Elmira Symphony and Choral Society, and produced concerts for the Queens Council on the Arts.

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