Rabbi Leah Levy has a problem: no one is showing up for services at her temple. But why? Should she blame the cantor, a wannabe pop star who believes he has “good looks, perfect hair, and a Streisand-esque voice”? Could it be because of her twin brother, a nearby rival rabbi who’s drawing people away? Rabbi Levy decides to take some lessons from an unlikely quarter: Mormon missionaries. Rabbi Levi’s off to “Jewvangelize.”
If this sounds like the premise to a witty new TV show, that’s probably because it is.
The new Jewvangelist web series launched earlier this month, with an episode airing once a week. It’s full of the absurdity and physical comedy you’d want in a sitcom, but it also asks some deeper questions: How do we choose our spiritual community? How can a rabbi help others, and even herself?
We don’t mean to Jewvangelize, but be prepared to think a little, even as you’re laughing.
February 26, 2014