Episode 80: Doykeit

Tune-in to radio613’s 80th episode to hear our feature interview with JB Brager, artist, academic and zine-maker extraordinaire! JB’s latest project is the Doykeit zine series. Doykeit is Yiddish for “hereness,” which references The Bund’s perspective of the need for Jews to make a home and a political commitment to change ‘here and now’. The zines explore how the intersections of a Jewish & queer/feminist identification inform an anti-zionist politic as well as exploring themes of solidarity, identity and more.

The specific theme for Doykeit #2 is Diaspora and submissions are still being accepted! JB is particularly asking for “writing and art that considers one or more of the following topics: diaspora, home and “homeland,” galut, displacement, dispersal, remembrance, intergenerational relationships, borders, nationalism, and violence.” While the zine’s name comes from a Yiddish term,  it aims to include “site(s) of diaspora and site(s) of “home”” from around the globe. Read the full call-out here. Note that the submission deadline will remain open until enough submissions are received.  Contact JB directly to find out more about their projects and see how you can be involved: sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com.

In addition to our interview with JB, we were lucky to be given two recordings by the authors of pieces found in Doykeit #1.

Listen here for our interview with JB plus MJ Kaufman reading “My grandmother’s queer prayer or how to pronounce the name of God”

And here is Jessica Rosenberg reading “Pesah 5768-5772: ‘hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground'”

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