Author Archives: Tamara Kramer

Shtetl, Frid. Nov, 18th: They don’t draw inside the community lines. They’re musical, creative, from Orthodox families, political, pissed off…they’re Punk Jews! Also, are you OBSESSED. Tally Abecassis tells us about her awesome storytelling night: This Really Happened. The theme? Obsessions.

In American Passages, Viennese documentary filmmaker, Ruth Beckermann, focuses her camera on the United States. This “epic panorama” takes us on a nuanced tour of the American Dream. Plus music by Enrico Macias, Corrina Rose, Stereo Total and Arcade Fire.

Alicia Jo Rabins, poet, classical violinist, Bible enthusiast and lead singer of the “post-Biblical pop rock” band “Girls in Trouble” is back on Shtetl. We’ll talk about her music, why the Bible?, Occupy Wall Street, and, Rabins’ experimental hybrid opera “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”.

This week on Shtetl, beloved Montreal rabbi Ronnie Cahana, the preachings of Dr. Bronner and his Magic Soap, and a live rendition of the Kol Nidre by Shtetl’s favourite indie-pop cantor Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink.

Meet musician Little Birdie, aka Orit Shimoni. Her latest album, Sadder Music, was recorded in Berlin. Hear what she has to say about Germany, walls, old synagogues, and catch her tunes before she plays live at l’Escogriffe on September 29 in Montreal.

What happens when two Jewish worlds – Hasidic and secular – live side by side in a trendy, mutli-cultural neighbourhood of Montreal? Shtetl’s guest: Mark Slutsky, Mile Ender and director of the comedic short film: Sorry, Rabbi.

A public discussion about the delicate relationship between the Hasidic community of Outremont/Mile End and its secular neighbours – both Jewish and non-Jewish. Join the conversation with panelists McGill Law Prof. Shauna van Praagh, Mayer Feig (spokesperson for a local Hasidic synagogue); and writer Mireille Silcoff.

Last days of summer camp and Shtetl is hanging out at the canteen with legendary klezmer musician Frank London, this year’s artistic director of KlezKanada, Quebec’s definitive festival of Jewish music, arts and culture.

Ari Cohen talks about the Uluit, an all-women Inuit hockey team in Ujuak, Quebec…do they win the Great Whale Cup in the end? Also on the show, Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, directors of the first-ever Israeli slasher film “Rabies”. It’s Hockey and Horror on Shtetl this week.

Le Mood…Mais, qu-est ce que c’est? Shtetl gets the scoop by talking to festival participants and organizers Zev Moses, Stuart Myiow Jr. of the Mohawk Traditional Council, Emily Litvack and Felber, the bassist from uRockaoke.