Mirthright Israel To Show Lighter SideOf Jewish State
Fri, 02/26/2010

IIn a bid for American youth to take Israel less seriously, Birthright Israel has launched its first just-for-laughs trip to the Holy Land in time for Purim.

The Mirthright Israel tour will include a long stay at Moshav cHA cHA and a tour of both of Israel’s comedy clubs, one of which is not located at an army base.

Facilitated by Zany Zion Tours, the trip will also feature performances by leading Israeli comic Simcha Shpritz, best known for his imitation of his fellow countrymen trying to line up politely while waiting for a bus. 

“Too often, people think of Israel as this tough-as-nails, military country that doesn’t have time for laughs,” said a confidential Birthright source. “We have lots of  fun. In fact, Bibi laughed twice last month.” Once, insiders noted, when his outspoken Foreign Minister Avigdor (The Thug) Liverman told the president of Russia to take the missiles Moscow planned to sell Iran and “stick `em up the Kremlin,” and another time when told that his wife Sarah had hired a new housekeeper.