Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion on stageTuesday, September 10, 2019
    7:30 pm

    Youtube sensations YidLife Crisis returns to Toronto LIVE for one night only as Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion present "YidLive!" -- an evening of comedy, music, video and thought-provoking shtick. The event is hosted by Oraynu Congregation in celebration of its 50th year.

    On Tuesday Sept. 10th at 7:30 pm, YouTube sensations Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion, aka YidLife Crisis, will perform their “YidLive!” show at the Miles Nadal JCC’s Al Green Theatre as part of Oraynu Congregation’s 50th year celebration.

    Oraynu was founded in 1969 as the Secular Jewish Association with strong ties to Yiddish culture and language. Over the years, this connection lessened, but Oraynu felt an ideal way to honour the congregation’s roots in this milestone year was to sponsor a public “YidLife Crisis” performance, presented in partnership with Miles Nadal JCC.

    Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion are entertainers (and closeted Jewish educators) hailing from Montreal with combined credits spanning 20 years of theater, music, television and film - from starring in Mad Men, House MD and Curb Your Enthusiasm to writing, directing and producing short and feature films appearing at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and SXSW film festivals.

    Their unique friendship spawned an irreverent tribute to the Yiddish language, culture and comedic tradition they were reared on. Calling it “YidLife Crisis,” they hatched the world’s first Yiddish sitcom, exploring religious, spiritual and cultural identity in their decidedly modern multicultural world.

    Its popularity has led to a variety of video and written projects, international press, multiple awards and nominations and some 3 million online views. Their ‘comedy peacekeeping’ keeps them working with celebrities and academics alike as they bring their live show to cities around the globe.

    You do not have to know Yiddish nor even be Jewish to appreciate YidLife Crisis’ “YidLive!” – an evening of comedy, music, video and thought-provoking shtick. Thanks to a generous donation from Oraynu members Susan and Roderick McLeod, tickets are only $25. You can reserve now at We urge you to get your tickets ASAP – we anticipate a sell-out!

    For more information:, (416) 385-3910


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