YidLife Crisis "What Exactly is a Yidlife Crisis"

Al and Malka Green Memorial Lecture in Yiddish Studies

What exactly is a YidLife Crisis? Eli & Jamie, co-creators of the world’s first 18+ (Chai-plus), award-winning, Yiddish-ish web series, explore the neuroses and paradoxes of bridging their grandparents’ language and culture and the burden of 5000 years of tradition with the secular, profane 21st century that they embrace, and how that led to the creation of their “groundbreaking series that wallows in the tradition of great Yiddish comedy.” It’s a masterclass on the ‘crisis,’ on using humor as community bridge-building and on becoming (self-proclaimed) Canadian Comedy Peacekeepers.


Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion are entertainers (and closeted Jewish educators) hailing from Montreal with combined credits spanning 20 years of theater, music, television and film - from  starring in Mad Men, House MD and Curb Your Enthusiasm to writing, directing and producing short and feature films appearing at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and SXSW film festivals.

Their unique friendship spawned an irreverent tribute to the Yiddish language, culture and comedic tradition they were reared on. Calling it “YidLife Crisis,” they hatched the world’s first Yiddish sitcom, exploring religious, spiritual and cultural identity in their decidedly modern multicultural world. Its popularity has led to a variety of video and written projects, international press, multiple awards and nominations and some 3 million online views. Their ‘comedy peacekeeping’ keeps them working with celebrities and academics alike as they bring their live show to cities around the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street