Social media communities are toxic echo chambers—but they might be necessary to live a Jewish life

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Some news: Bonjour Chai is launching a Slack channel. We’re inviting anyone who wants to engage in a true dialogue about important issues that matter to Canadian Jews to join this national community. Email [email protected] to get a free, exclusive invite. You can also follow and talk to us on Twitter @bonjourchai.

To help us navigate this world, we asked Jesse Brown, host of the popular Canadaland podcast, to join the show. He shares his thoughts on how social media plays a role in building Jewish communities, the role of institutional gatekeeping online and how podcasting is very much like Judaism.

Plus, we discuss the third book in our month-long book club, Gary Barwin’s Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy.


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andre Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Find more great Jewish podcasts at