Jewish Muslim Comedy Debate

June 3, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Jewish Muslim Comedy Debate held last night at the Melbourne Town Hall produced a hilarious evening’s entertainment.

Mo Elleissy, Dr Nasya Bahfen and Bram Presser – the winning team

Mo Elleissy, Dr Nasya Bahfen and Bram Presser – the winning team

The topic was ‘Sport is not a Religion’.  Father Bob was in fine form as the Debate Umpire and was unanimously the hit of the night.  His ad lib remarks, clever insights and very funny jokes were the highlight.

David Marlow, Executive Director of the JCCV (Jewish Community Council of Victoria) and Ms Nurbanu Nury Emniyet, Assistant General Manager at the ICV (Islamic Council of Victoria) acted as MCs for the night.

MCs Nury from ICV and David from JCCV

MCs Nury from ICV and David from JCCV

The panellists were hilarious and helped create a wonderful, fun and friendly atmosphere where kippot mingled with hijabs.

It was a great evening of building bridges across communities, and having fun in a multicultural environment.  The night created close friendships and built greater trust across our communities.

There were over 250 people packed into the venue with Jews, Muslims and other faiths represented.

Father Bob – the Umpire

Father Bob – the Umpire

The team of Bram Presser, Mo Elleissy and Dr Nasya Bahfen performed brilliantly and won the debate by coin toss after audience applause suggested a draw.  Steve Bedwell, Mostafa Haroun and Rev Howard Langmead who argued that Sport was a Religion were only defeated by the coin.  No glory was lost there as everyone on both panels were clever and very funny.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Andrew Crisp tossed the coin to ensure impartiality.

While a Turkish man in traditional costume served Turkish cherry refreshment, the audience provided terrifically positive feedback after the event.


One Response to “Jewish Muslim Comedy Debate”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Did you say “bridges were built” !!?? Good enough for me.
    From where I’m sitting now, David’s orange shirt breaks me up and I reckon that if he would wear a hijab then the multicultural thingo will be complete, but one to match orange. Come to think of it , it was BURNT orange.
    Anyways multi-friends, seeya at the next anti Zionist demo up and down Sydney CBD. You’ll reckongnise me, I’ll be wearing me own hijab, the one ornated with crosses, a gift from funny Father Bob. ( Has Vsholem !!)

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