Wherever the action is, that’s where you’ll find the Shtetl Pigeon. With ears to the ground, Shtetl’s intrepid bird gathers up stories from the streets of the urban village.

Shtetl aspires to a highly inclusive vision of Judaism. Never nasty in tone, Shtetl is an open place to dialogue and share. Ours is a shtetl with porous boundaries, open and accepting of guests and contributors from all communities.

ShtetlMontreal.com is where you can listen to Shtetl on the Shortwave, read Shtetl Magazine, watch the video dictionary Yiddish & Danish, and find out what’s going on in the What’s Nu? section.

Shtetl on the Shortwave (S.O.S.) is a radio show and podcast about Jewish Arts & Culture that has been airing on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal for four years.  Guests have included journalist Amy Goodman, electro-pop star Peaches, radio celebrity and author Jonathan Goldstein, performance artist Annie Sprinkle, musicians from the local and international Jewish music scene, Yiddish drag kings, rabbis, cantors, thinkers, and circus performers.  S.O.S. also prides itself on providing listeners of the show with great music, both new and (very) old.  Listen to shows live on the air every second Friday of each month at 11 am on CKUT, or right here on the site. Podcasts are available on iTunes.

Shtetl Magazine is an online publication that examines a wide-range of topics and themes within Arts & Culture. Like the radio show, Shtetl Magazine’s brand of journalism seeks to be inclusive, honest and entertaining . We  want to know what the artists are up to.  What  the social activists are struggling with.  Where do faith and ritual fit into a contemporary Jewish life?  Where are all the funky places that Judaism intersects with other cultures?  No topic is too sensitive or taboo for Shtetl Magazine.  It’s only through discussion that we can build a living, breathing and healthy community!

Yiddish & Danish (Y & D) is a video dictionary of Yiddish words and expressions. Pull up a seat and meet some Yiddish speakers.  Shtetl brings yummy danish into their homes, and they bring classic Yiddish words and expressions into yours.


Many people contribute to making Shtetl happen.  Thanks especially to all the writers and artists.  You are Shtetl!

Thank you: Aron Black, the ever-patient, talented and dedicated web designer. Jean-Michel Pollak for making Yiddish & Danish so much fun. To Mike Savatovsky at Abitoffthetop.com whose support has been invaluable.  And thank you to Federation CJA of Montreal.   To CKUT for asking me to do a radio show on “Jewish stuff”, and for all their support.  To The Jewish Community Foundation for believing in the alternative Jewish pigeon that could.  Without their financial support, the Shtetl pigeon might still be hanging out at dingy bars living on poutine and busking in the Metro for pocket money.  Now she gets to hang out with all of you.  So much more fun!!

Enjoy the site and come back often,

Tamara Kramer, Editor