More than a badchen, Yoely Lebovits is known throughout the world for his unique mix of entertainment, comedy, and spirituality. A star in the Hassidic world, he shines bright to illuminate all halls of theatre and performance.
A badchen is a Jewish comedian with scholarly overtones who entertained guests at weddings among the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe. Today they are found in all countries with Chassidic populations, including the United States, performing and inspiring millions.
The badchen has to be able both to provide the energy for a party before and after the ceremony itself and also to make the transition to a more serious tone immediately before the ceremony. To this end his comedy is not of a slapstick variety but rather verbal with many intricate Talmudic references and in-jokes.
Known the world over, the Pester Rebbe is one of the most beloved characters of Yoely Lebovits.
After years of being the Rebbe in Pescht, the Pester Rebbe has given us the priviledge of settling here in with us in New York. Never forgetting his roots and heimishe Hungarian culture, the Rebbe has brought with him the taste many Jews have lost of forgotten. The essense of Hungarian Yiddishkeit filled with laughter and tears, he keeps spreading his message all over the United States and the rest of the world.
From sharing tales of the alter-heim (homeland), to teaching Hungarian to our children, the Pester Rebbe has the power to inspire Yidden of all ages and backgrounds. Always with a schmeichel (smile), he has his audience in stitches throughout his performances. His performances include a wide array of stories, to songs of old, along with hilarious references to both the past and the present. We can learn a lot from the Pester Rebbe, and what better way to learn to truly laugh than to become a Pester Chussid today.
A small collection of videos and stories showcasing some of Yoely's performances.
Enjoy and L'chaim!
Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus together with the "Posheter Yid" Lipa Schmelzer at the Prudential Center in NJ.
the front cover of "Der Blick" together with an insightful interview.
stand-in for world famous comedian Jackie Mason in Universal Studios in LA, California.