We’re asking for your support to help us keep releasing a bi-weekly leftist Jewish podcast! Monthly donations will help cover the costs of the show so that we can stick to working on it and making it better.
About the Podcast
For the past two years, we’ve released an episode every two weeks, along with a monthly broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal, on occupied Kanien’kehá:ka territory. We’ve often released “shorts” during our off-weeks, sometimes putting out four different episodes in a month.
Over this time, we’ve tried to engage with ideas, questions, and voices that are largely ignored in mainstream Jewish spaces.
- We’ve engaged with issues like Pinkwashing, Jewish complicity in White Supremacy, Anti-Blackness, and Settler Colonialism, the political leadership of Black Jews & other Jews of Colour, Anti-Muslim violence in Quebec, Mizrahi leftist history, Anti-Semitism on the left, Anti-Arab racism, Palestine solidarity, challenging the right-wing view of Anti-Semitism, and many more.
- We’ve been fortunate enough to talk with folks like Aurora Levins Morales, Dean Spade, Dave Zirin, Karen Brodkin, & Daniel Boyarin among many others.
- We’ve discussed leftist Jewish organizing with groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jewdas.
- We’ve collaborated with the Canadian Jewish Archives to digitize archival radio interviews for our new ‘From the Archives’ series.
- We’ve profiled new leftist Jewish podcasts such as Kaddish, Vaybertaysh and Radio Free Babylonia.
- We’ve provided a steady stream of media criticism about mainstream Jewish media outlets ;)
How the project started
When we started TREYF, our goal was to bring anti-racist & anti-colonial leftist perspectives to the political discussions happening in North American Jewish communities. Where we live, the Institutional Jewish Community favours reactionary right-wing perspectives, in tacit support of white supremacy and settler colonialism. We created TREYF with the hopes that it could offer a viable alternative to these politics, and highlight the work being done by leftist Jews putting these ideas into practice. For some more context, check out this interview that we did with Jewschool.
What we want to do:
While we’ve been incredibly lucky to have access to CKUT, a community radio station which allows us to use some of their equipment, there are increasing costs that we’ve been paying for out of pocket. And as TREYF has grown, so have the opportunities to travel and talk with more people about the ideas that we engage with.
As we look to the future of TREYF, we’re asking for ongoing financial support so we can cover our basic costs, expand the topics and issues we cover, and improve the quality of the show while sticking to a consistent release schedule.
The possibilities for this radio show are pretty vast, and we have a lot of dreams that we’re aspiring toward. These include: finding and airing more archival footage, speaking with elders (more intergenerational dialogue!), engaging with the historical & current role of Jewish communities in North America as settlers, travelling to cover events, working with others to build a new Radical Jewish Media Network, and producing narrative nonfiction in the style of our War On Christmas episode!
Where will the money go?
Tier One - basic costs: $100/month
- Website and Soundcloud page ($200/year)
- Graphic design & website maintenance ($500/year)
- Microphones and other equipment (one-time purchase)
Tier Two - moving the show forward: $225/month
- Accessing and digitizing archives ($450/year)
- Advertising in Jewish Media Outlets ($1000/year)
Tier Three - expanding the show: $500+/month
- A travel budget ($2,000/year)
- A Solidarity Fund for Rad Jewish Radio makers (sky’s the limit!)
Who We Are
David : I’m a white genderqueer weirdo, currently living as a settler in occupied Tio’tia:ke (Montreal). I grew up in an orthodox Jewish community in Thornhill, ON, spent the last decade playing in punk bands, and now work as a freelance radio producer.
Sam: I was born and raised in Montreal, and am a third generation white Ashkenazi-descended settler. I started doing media work as a fifteen year old sports reporter for a weekly newspaper, but am much happier producing a leftist Jewish radio show. I’ve been involved in community organizing around the city for more than ten years, and started taking introductory Yiddish classes two summers ago.
A Yuuuuge Thanks
The podcast resulted from a fair amount of learning and failed attempts, and would not have been possible without the work and support of a number of people including: Kira Page, Tamara Filyavitch, Claire Hurtig, Cadence O’Neal, Cee Lavery, and Ariana Katz.
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