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The History of Jewish Comedian’s Stage & Screen
Dates & Times: Thursdays, March 2–May 4 from 10:45 am–11:45 am

Instructor: Mark Kreditor
Location: Legacy Midtown Park, 8240 Manderville Ln, Dallas, TX 75231

About the Course:

The Jewish people have often made tremendous contributions in the field of entertainment, specifically in the area of comedy. We have used comedy as a way to survive and make fun of ourselves. We will cover the earliest days of Fanny Brice and Eddie Cantor to the present-day Sarah Silverman. From Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater to Lorne Michael’s and Saturday Night Live. Come join this lively, interactive class as we study and enjoy (through laughter) the Jewish writers, producers, directors, actors, and of course The Comedians. One prerequisite is you must have a sense of humor and the ability to laugh or at least smile. This class will fill up quickly so register today!

Mark has taught classes on Jewish songwriters, entertainers, movie moguls, comedians, business icons and journalists. He especially likes to feature Jewish women in his classes that have left a great impact on the world. This will be a multi-media experience and very often the class will include sing-alongs, as Mark loves to play the piano.

About the Instructor:

Mark Kreditor is the grandson of a cantorial student from Ukraine and sang in Synagogue, leading services since he was 8 years old. As a student in Boston, he played piano 5 nights a week in sing-along bars and pubs, where he began to correlate the biographical connections of the Jewish songwriters, their religious upbringing, and the melodic flavors of their songs. While building a residential property management company in Dallas, he also taught music history and lectured around the country about the Jewish songwriters that built the American Songbook. He has spoken annually at The Highland Park Methodist Church in the Rejebian lecture series and at many other churches and Synagogues in the Metroplex. As a songwriter, his original compositions have been featured at area religious day schools and nationally at real estate conferences. He lives in Preston Hollow with his wife Carol, a former executive at Trammell Crow Company. Mark is a past VP of the J Board and is a much-beloved faculty member in The Gesher Program at the Aaron Family JCC in Dallas, dynamic, engaging, and life-changing Jewish learning opportunity at the J! Gesher courses are developed by the Dallas area Rabbis and Educators for JCC Dallas.

He is the immediate past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.