Cafe Finjan

On Thursday night, I went to the Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave. I heard about an event through Facebook. It was an event to promote Jewish-Muslim unity. There were different acts – a Muslim sister doing comedy, a Jewish duo performing a love song, a diverse group of poets doing spoken word, and others.

The Muslim comic was really unique. I don’t want to steal her act, but I don’t think she’ll mind if I repeat one of her jokes. She started off by saying, “Who wants to hear the latest jokes from Fallujah?” A bunch of people cheered. Then she said, “What do you say to a thief with no arms?” And then no one said anything. She said, “You have to say ‘what,’ otherwise these jokes won’t work.” So she repeated the joke, “What do you say to a thief with no arms?” and everybody said, “What?” And she said, “Nothing. You already told him twice!”

One of the highlights of the evening was a young sister, maybe a fifth-grader, who read a poem about Eid. She ended by saying that she loved Eid just like others love Christmas and Hanukkah.

(The picture depicts a finjan, a traditional Middle Eastern coffeepot.
The word “finjan” is the same in both Arabic and Hebrew. Image courtesy of


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  1. #1 by Saud on August 24, 2008 - 9:44 pm

    Yeah, I heard about this too. How was it?

  2. #2 by fahim on August 24, 2008 - 11:29 pm

    i really wanted to go to this but i couldnt…thanks for writing about it!

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