Sunday at the Segal: YidLife Crisis: Pandemish

Jan 23, 2022 - Jan 23, 2022 | Online

Sunday, January 23 at 11 a.m
Free virtual event

In life, some are born with shtick, and some have great shtick thrust upon them. In YidLife Crisis: Pandemish, two Ashkenazi Jewish Montrealers, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, contemplate their complex relationship to their identity within the context of global pandemic in 1 hour comedy spectacular! Don’t miss this virtual Sunday @ the Segal where we invite four Jewish-identifying panelists of different ages and experiences to talk about their relationship to Jewishness and how it influences their lives and work. Our 2021-2022 season host, Sarah Deshaies (CJAD radio) will moderate the discussion in her signature warm and insightful style.

Pour yourself a warm cup of coffee, grab some snacks, and join us for this enriching and entertaining online conversation on Facebook or YouTube...right from the comfort of your home!

Our panelists and host have all developed projects through the Segal's Jewish Arts Mentorship program or the Museum of Jewish Montreal's Microgrants for Creative and Cultural Exploration. 

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daph ben david
daph ben david (they/them) is a gender/queer educator, activist, stage manager, soon-to-be rabbinical student, and proud Montrealer. They have taught social justice to Jewish teens, worked as a substitute and History teacher in public schools, and taught community workshops on topics ranging from anti-pipeline activism to transness in the Torah. Lately, daph has been focusing on bridging their activism and healing work with Jewish practice, personally and in community. You can follow their most recent project on SoundCloud @daphbdvy, where they are reweaving relationship with their Arab-Jewish ancestors through liturgy, as a queer and trans person in the diaspora.


Hershel Blatt 
Hershel Blatt is an actor and writer based in Toronto. He has worked between stage and screen with acting credits that include My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal), What Would Sal Do? (CraveTV), Wedding Season (Netflix), The Boys (Sony/Amazon), A Bear Awake in Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival), and Summer of Semitism (Paprika Festival). Hershel has also performed in workshops of new plays at Canadian Stage and Theatre Direct. He was part of the 2021 cohort of Segal Centre’s J.A.M. (Jewish Arts Mentorship) program and is developing his play Ahava Later with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Hershel is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Sheridan/UofT Theatre & Drama Studies program.


J-Rob, AKA Half White Full Black is a Black Ashkenazi Jewish multidisciplinary artist and activist from Montreal with roots from St. Vincent & Germany. His two primary focuses are music and poetry, he aims to amplify and unite the voices of the marginalized to dismantle white supremacy and the systems that uphold it. Musically, he brings a mix of political grunge rap and personal psych-pop, elevating each form through lyrical storytelling. A lover and a fighter. He speaks from his soul, expressing an intimate experience that rings true for too many who struggle under systems of class, race, and other identity-based oppression.

He is currently working on an experimental Hip-Hop album and a poetry collection. He is the Vice President of the executive board for the revitalized effort to reclaim and rebuild the NCC, a prominent Black community centre that once operated in Little Burgundy.

Yael Silver
Yael Silver is a Tony award-winning and Tony-nominated multi-disciplinary entertainment producer. She has spent the majority of her career working at the intersection of art and social justice and excels in partnering those two worlds in live and digital events, benefit concerts, live streams, and working with high-profile clients.

Yael was part of the 2019 - 2020 Jewish Arts Mentorship (J.A.M.) cohort.

Yael is a Visual Effects Producer and a proud Advisory Board Member of HeadCount.