Episode 48: “Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the “Bagel & Lox Culture”
January 3, 2011

radio613 interviews Vlada Bilyak – creator of a new documentary entitled ‘Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the “Bagel & Lox Culture.”‘ As Bilyak writes, “[T]his is a short documentary I created exploring my feelings of alienation and authenticity doubts within dominant Jewish culture in North America as a Soviet Jew who emigrated from the former USSR as a child. The documentary contextualizes my experiences within interviews (mostly done on Skype) with other 20-something Soviet Jews and my mother.”

Be sure to watch the documentary on YouTube: part 1 & part 2.

Our interview follows up on the poignant questions and stories  in the documentary about anti-semitism and xenophobia, immigration to North America and the normative culture that exists here.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

*Vlada is hoping to continue to work on and expand this project and anyone interested in sharing their own Soviet-Jewish story with her is welcome to contact her at vlada.bilyak@gmail.com.¬† You can also visit Vlada’s Soviet-Jewish tumblr “Ekh Lyuli Lyuli” here.

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Inaugural show: Christie Pits Riot
September 20, 2008

radio613’s inaugural show recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot in Toronto. Highlights from the Heritage Toronto ceremony, with reflections from historian Cyrill Mernick and Jews who experienced the Riot and the violent anti-semtism, racism, and xenophobia of the day. Also, a discussion with DIY critical hsitorian Tim Groves of the Missing Plaque Project about Toronto’s hidden past. Playwright Tara Goldstein joins the show to talk about her play “Lost Daughter” set in Toronto at the time of the Christie Pits riot…with a play reading from collective members.

Music from Geoff Berner and Pharaoh’s Daughter.

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