Chabad hosts Nevada County’s first Jewish Comedy Night |

Chabad hosts Nevada County’s first Jewish Comedy Night

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Mike Capozzola is set to perform at Nevada County's first Jewish Comedy Night next month in Grass Valley.
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In anticipation of the upcoming Jewish Festival of Purim, celebrated this year March 11-12, Chabad of Grass Valley has announced plans to host a Purim celebration headlined by San Francisco-based comedian Mike Capozzola.

After the large turnout at the first public Menorah lighting in December, Chabad is hosting Nevada County’s first Jewish Comedy Night. The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on March 12 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.

A gourmet dinner is planned with traditional “Hamantaschen”­ — three-cornered cookies of various flavors — as part of the menu.

In addition to Capozzola will be music, Purim spirit and a multimedia Megillah reading. Capozzola is an Italian, American, Jewish comedian and a 25-year veteran of the comedy world. He has performed at shows all over the U.S. as well as Vancouver, London, Edinburgh and Jerusalem. He often appears on camera and does interview and correspondent work for TV stations and technology companies.

Penney the Clown will be performing her comedy magic show. Voted “Best Party Entertainer” by Parent’s Resource Magazine the past 2 years running, Penney the Clown has been performing in Nevada County since 2008.

This holiday commemorates the victory of the Jews over the wicked Haman nearly 2,400 years ago. On this day, with the help of God, through the intervention of the heroine Queen Esther, the Jews were spared total annihilation. The happiness of the day is expressed by sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the poor, and most of all by a grand, celebratory feast. In addition, a special scroll, known as the “Megillah,” which recounts the entire story of Purim, is read.

All are welcome to join, free of charge, regardless of affiliation or background.

Suggested donation is $10 per person and $18 per family. More details are are available on the facebook page RSVP by March 9.

For more information, to RSVP, or to sponsor this event, please contact Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz, Chabad’s director, at or (530) 404-0020 or by visiting

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