Take Two! Shalom Austin Announces SNL's Colin Jost as the New IGNITE! Entertainer
Shalom Austin is announcing that Colin Jost will be the new featured entertainer at IGNITE!, the organization’s premiere fundraising event of the year on the evening of March 25, 2018 at JW Marriott Austin.
Colin Jost, co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s "Weekend Update” alongside fellow cast member Michael Che, is a rising star in comedy. Jost joined Weekend Update in 2014, has served as SNL co-head writer since 2012 and a SNL staff writer since 2005, and has won multiple awards for his work including three Writers Guild Awards and a Peabody Award, along with several Emmy Award nominations. In addition to his work on SNL, Jost wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film, "Staten Island Summer," based on his days as a lifeguard growing up in New York. Jost is a Staten Island native and Harvard graduate. Although raised Catholic, Jost was a proud graduate of the JCC preschool in Staten Island.
Earlier this year, Shalom Austin decided to cancel Jeffrey Tambor as the featured speaker of IGNITE! in light of accusations against him.
For many years, the Austin Jewish community has held three fundraising events in support of the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign: Milestone gave young adults an opportunity to connect, Momentum brought the men of the community together, and Mosaic celebrated women’s philanthropy.
In 2018, Shalom Austin is hosting one combined event, called IGNITE!, for men and women of all ages and stages to celebrate the vibrancy of Jewish Austin and to learn about the ongoing and growing needs of the Jewish community, near and far.
IGNITE! invites the entire community to come together on one night to celebrate and share stories, build connections and spark the light of giving.
All attendees will be asked to make a gift to the 2018 Shalom Austin Annual Campaign which cares for people in need, creates vibrant Jewish life and connects with our global Jewish community.
Attendees will also be educated on the Generations Campaign and the Jewish Foundation.
IGNITE! is chaired by Dana Baruch, Mike Krell, David Kline and Stephanie Yamin. Over 200 community members are currently serving on the host committee, led by Julie and Ari Franklin, Candy and David Goldstein, Carly and Aaron Sansom, Tracy and Rob Solomon, Lonnie Karotkin Taub and Albert Taub, Julie and Ben Waltzer, and Sharon and Greg Yamin. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Shana Creeger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 735-8014. ■