Gavriel Strauss on How to Build a Jewish Community

Gavriel Strauss

Gavriel Strauss doesn’t move to be near Jews: he deliberately moves to places without vibrant Jewish communities. He’s made it his mission to create those spaces wherever he goes, by using music, tradition and keeping his door open to everyone. In this episode, Gavriel chats with Ralph about what it was like moving to Guelph, Ont., and later Nelson, B.C., where he currently resides.

Yehupetzville is hosted by Ralph Benmergui. Michael Fraiman is the producer and editor. Our music was arranged by Louis Simão and performed by Louis Simão and Jacob Gorzhaltsan. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network—find more great Jewish podcasts at Learn more about Gavriel’s work at

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