Laughter and a tribute are front and center at WES comedic fundraiser

Comedian Avi Liberman will perform at West End Synagogue’s fundraiser on Sunday, March 5th.

Looking for laughs in these uncertain times? West End Synagogue’s first 2023 fundraiser will provide plenty of laughter and mirth on Sunday, March 5, with a performance by acclaimed comedian Avi Liberman at 8 p.m, at the synagogue. Liberman has appeared on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Comedy Central", and "E!". His book, Traveling During the Pandemic, follows Avi as he goes to eight countries in seven months to avoid lockdowns.

Born in Israel, raised in Texas, Liberman went to college in New York, and makes his home in Los Angeles.

Since 2001, Avi has brought dozens of Black and Latino comics to Israel, many for the first time, to benefit the largest provider of emotional support services for Israelis who have lost family members to terrorists. A documentary about these stand-up comedy tours is available at

Retiring WES Executive Director, Marcia Stewart, to be honored at March 5th Fundraiser.

But comedy is only one part of the evening which will also pay tribute at 6:30 p.m. to two WES retirees, Marcia Stewart, former WES Executive Director, and Linda Sisselman, former Membership Coordinator.

A native Nashvillian and lifelong synagogue member, Marcia served two terms, August 1, 2005-October 15, 2006, and March 1, 2009-July 31, 2021, more than 13 years in total.

Retiring WES Membership Coordinator, Linda Sisselman

Linda, a WES member since 1986, served 20 years, from August 2002 to August 2022.

Tickets to the event are available for $118 each; $54 for those under age 32; and $125 for all tickets at the door.

Table and other sponsors will each receive one signed copy of Liberman's book, Traveling During the Pandemic. Additional signed copies will be available for purchase for $36. A book signing will follow Liberman’s performance.

In addition, each ticket purchaser will be given the opportunity to send a message/congratulatory note or upload a video tribute/ for Marcia Stewart or Linda Sisselman. More details on these tributes will follow shortly.

For information and tickets, click the QR Code below, or call the synagogue office at 615-269-4592.

In the near future, look for information about the April 23 performance and fundraiser at West End Synagogue of Dor L'Dor (in its first major Nashville show) “Not Your Father's Klezmer Band,” featuring as many as 12 musicians and singers playing a diverse range of music including klezmer, pop, Broadway, religious and everything in between.


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