Identity Crisis! with Noam Shuster Eliassi



Time: 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Location: JW3

Meretz UK invites you to an evening of laughter in troubling times – on Thursday 8 September at JW3.

The show is called Identity Crisis! and the comedian is the acclaimed – and very funny – Noam Shuster Eliassi. Enjoy a laugh with Noam and hear her speak about the burning issues (but with laughter) as she comes to visit London – her parents are moving here!  She has been praised by the New Yorker as a young Israeli woman who uses humour to speak up about Palestinian rights.

Noam was awarded the best new comedian prize by JW3 in 2018. Her recent satirical song in Arabic, Dubai Dubai, went viral throughout the Middle East.

More about Noam

Since the age of seven Noam Shuster Eliassi grew up in in the mixed Jewish/Arab peace village of Neve Shalom. She is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English. After studying drama at the New York Film Academy she attended Brandeis University on a scholarship, before taking up an internship in Rwanda with Women’s Equity in Access to Care & Treatment (WE ACT). In her early 20s she became a co-director of the UN-founded Interpeace organisation.

In 2019, she went to the Harvard Divinity School for a fellowship under the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, where she developed her one-woman show. Noam’s mordant observations about Israel’s new ties with the UAE, and in particular her satirical song about Dubai, created quite a stir in Arab countries. She was the subject of an Al Jazeera produced film, Reckoning with Laughter which set Arab-Jewish relations against the background of global pandemic.

Her shows and podcasts often touch on sensitive issues, and while passionate about peace, she feels self-important seriousness won’t help us reach that goal. She enjoys challenging preconceptions, being critical and defying stereotypes. Noam, who contributes to Ha’aretz, is the daughter of an Iranian Jewish mother and Jerusalem-born father; her paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors from Romania.

  • We thank Hashomer Hatzair Trust UK for their support