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Rutland Jewish Center welcomes Rabbi and Stand-up Comic, Bob Alper

There's a reason that Sirius/XM Satellite radio plays East Dorset resident Rabbi Bob Alper's comedy bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob's unique background. He's an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary, which prepared him well for a 26-year comedy career with unique material (including jokes about the Rutland Airport), presented in a way that's intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.  

And so it'll be 90 minutes of non-stop laughter at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 (MLK weekend), when Rabbi Bob Alper, "the world's only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy…intentionally," heads up Route 7 to do a program open to the entire community. People brand Bob's shows as "Gentile friendly."

Bob began his comedy career in 1986 when he entered the "Jewish Comic of the Year Contest" at the Going Bananas club in Philadelphia. Today, he performs nearly 80 shows a year, frequently in an extraordinary pairing with Muslim comedian Azhar Usman.  
The author of two books -- Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This and A Rabbi Confesses, he has also produced two best-selling comedy CDs, and a 102-minute DVD, What are you…a comedian?

Bob lives in Dorset with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. He makes people laugh, while she helps people cry.
Come to the show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove Street, Rutland. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door, including refreshments. For more information, call 802-773-3455. Children 11 and over are welcome.