"Dude Where's my Chutzpah?" is a comedic web series which follows Jessie on her adventure to discover what it means to be Jewish. After learning that her recently deceased Bubbie left her a large sum of money, Jessie, a quirky yet jaded stand-up comedian, discovers that in order to get the cash she must "Live JEWISH for a year." From the underground Israeli club scene, to the front of the picket line, to the depths of the Kabbalah, Jessie soon discovers the plethora of ways to experience Judaism. In addition to her hilarious adventures, she also taps into the spiritual realm and learns how her soul can flourish within the tangible world. Watch as Judaism shows Jessie that the journey is the destination, and that every answer is just a question in disguise...

"Dude Where's my Chutzpah?" is currently in pre-production and gearing up to shoot this summer in both Los Angeles and Israel. We've been honored with a Six Points Fellowship and are currently fundraising in order to make the most awesomely epic web series of all time. Please contribute what you can and watch your Karma points go through the roof. Every Shekel counts...

The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists is a program of the FJC, originally founded in partnership with Avoda Arts, and JDub, with significant funding from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Righteous Persons Foundation.

Photo by Carrie Boretz

Kosher Love

It’s so funny how trouble finds you when you’re on your hands and knees begging for it.

#1) The Hebrew Warrior

Beyond-Kosher While in Jerusalem, I try to get infamous self-proclaimed Hebrew warrior to be in my  documentary about discovering Judaism in order to break stereotype of nebbish image Woody Allen Jew.  After a series of texts (yes, even warriors text) he invites me to watch him teach a class, though I’m told to leave my nunchucks at home as women are not allowed to fight with men (for fear our uterus’s may fracture). I walk into the dusty basement and there his is: fierce, strong, kind of like a Kosher Mr. Clean expect for the whole clean part. He speaks straight out of the Old Testament especially when he offers me some of his “herbal tea” drink  pouring it down my throat before I even have time to decide wether I want it or not.  He rocks sandals and wears a bed sheet and not in a crazy person on Hollywood Blvd kind of way. In a crazy person in Jerusalem kind of way.  He’ll totally help get me enlightened on camera before I have to meet my roommate for karaoke at the western wall.

Later that night, we make plans to meet up and I put on the one shirt I have left without pit stains and make sure my camera is fully charged. Around Midnight, my warrior picks me up in a cab with a one eyed  driver (though I’m not really sure which eye was missing). 3 cell phones rest atop his hand woven skirt and he screams in Hebrew into his Bluetooth (I’m pretty sure he’s saying “I’m with this filmmaker who bears a striking resemblance to Selma Hayek).  He continues fielding calls while motioning for the driver to pull over in this abandoned park outside of the old city.  We share a bench and some more “holy” tea as he explains that in order to be in the movie I have to “hold his Shabbos candle.”  He promises one night with him and I will no longer be waiting for the Messiah to come. I race back into the taxi and pray to the patron saint of lesbian to save me. He follows me into the cab demanding to know how I can be so selfish to disobey him aka G-d’s plan and also if I’ll split the cab fare…..

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