It is in Canada, after all. Maybe that’s why Montreal-based Shtetl magazine, sounds like a kinder, gentler HEEB — albeit with an agenda including “sex, drugs, and Talmud,” according to founder Tamara Kramer.
Launched last week as a spinoff of Kramer’s wildly eclectic radio show Shtetl on the Shortwave — whose guest list careens from performance artist Annie Sprinkle to Hasidic rappers to African rabbis — Shtetl will continue sharing Kramer’s “beautiful and bizarre Jewish discoveries,” with a much wider potential audience. “I think Shtetl could travel well and I would like there to be a presence for the magazine in other cities,” Kramer told the Forward in an e-mail. “My grandfather was born in China and I’m particularly excited about starting a Shtetl Shanghai. They bring Chinese food into our homes and we bring Yiddish expressions into theirs?”