Hamilton Jewish News is further moving into the digital world with the launch of its new podcast series, The Shpiel on Hamilton, in February 2022.
Hosted by Ilana Zackon, a multidisciplinary performer, freelance writer for the Canadian Jewish News and co-host of its podcast Bonjour Chai, and produced by HJN assistant editor, Abigail Cukier, The Shpiel on Hamilton will focus on unique aspects of local Jewish life.
Zackon, who resides in Toronto, is eager to learn about Jewish life and culture in Hamilton.
“I am thrilled and honoured to take on the position of podcast host for the Hamilton Jewish News. I very much look forward to expanding my knowledge of Canadian Jewry, by getting to know the Hamilton Jewish community and all that it has to offer.”
Abigail Cukier hopes the podcast will provide an opportunity for Jews who may feel like outsiders see themselves more like insiders.
“We are very excited to bring The Shpiel on Hamilton to the community. As an outsider of the city, Ilana will bring a fresh perspective to all things Hamilton, including our history, current events and what the community has to offer. It will be the perfect opportunity for listeners to reflect, learn and engage.”
The Shpiel on Hamilton is the first of what the Hamilton Jewish News anticipates will be more creative digital content in the years ahead designed to appeal to a younger readership. The podcast is made possible through a donation by the Allen and Milli Gould Family Foundation.