Author Archives: Tamara Kramer

Snowblink is a surf-rock duo with Montrealer Dan Goldman (Luxury Pond) and California-born Daniela Gesundheit: a pop star and a cantor with a voice like a wild angel. Snowblink’s new album Inner Classics comes out this September. Check them out live at Divan Orange.

When falafel was declared “Israel’s national snack”, a furore arose over what was seen by many as an Israeli appropriation of an Arab dish. Montreal director Ari Cohen’s latest film: Felafelism, explores the history, the roots, the taste, the politics, the dreams…all embedded in one little snack ball called the felafel.

The Mile End Chavurah, in collaboration with presents SELF-HATRED: A Loving Look at a Jewish Tradition – the fourth instalment in our salon series on Jewish arts, culture and ideas. What makes someone a self-hating Jew?

Join the Shefa Project and The Green Kippah Collective at the Ghetto Shul for the last Sustainable Shabbat of the year this Friday night. Feed your body and help the planet by eating local, organic food to welcome in the Sabbath Bride. Click to read more.

FOOTNOTE is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies.

We’re talkin’ Purim this week with Rabbi Julia Appel. And, discover Tel Aviv with Brooklyn-born dancer Shamel Pitts, in Montreal at Place des Arts with Israeli dance company Batsheva.

Tune in for Shtetl’s tribute to music that’s BLACK & JEWISH. From old tunes you’re sure to recognize to ones that will surely be new. Happy Black History Month people!!

Basya Schechter’s album Songs of Wonder puts music to the Yiddish poetry of activist and mystic Rabbi A.J. Heschel. And, Tzeporah Berman is the legendary environmental activist behind the Victoria’s DIRTY Secret campaign.

Which side of the proverbial mechitza do you sit in? This week on Shtetl we explore coming out as trans to your Jewish parents. Plus music from trans-identified bands like Schmekel, Antony and the Johnshons, Dana International….

Latvian-born David Bezmozgis-on The New Yorker’s list of best writers under 40- is the author of Natasha (a must read!!) and was shortlisted for the Giller prize for his 1st novel The Free World. His storytelling brings the Soviet immigrant experience to life with a wickedly sharp sense of humour and history.