Bonjour Chai

Political punditry, spiritual advice, challenging analysis: our weekly current affairs show breaks down the most important topics for Canadian Jews every Friday morning. Follow us on Twitter @bonjourchai.


  • Avi Finegold

    Avi is a Canadian rabbi in Montreal. In 2015, he founded the Jewish Learning Lab for adult Jewish education, and from July 2017 to 2018 served as interim rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal. Finegold previously served as executive director of the Montreal Board of Rabbis. He also hosts more podcasts than we could list here.

  • Ilana Zackon

    Ilana Zackon is a multidisciplinary performer, writer and creator. A true wandering Jew, she has lived in Montreal, New York City, Vancouver and Toronto, where she is now based. When Ilana isn’t discussing current affairs, she is also a busy voice-over actor. You may recognize her talent from various radio commercials or on stage, where she has performed across Canada and in Scotland. She aims to create work that evokes social change, as well as inspires audiences to confront their humanity. Ilana is also a freelance writer for The CJN. See more at

  • David Sklar

    David is a performer, writer, educator and jack of all trades (except for the actual trades). He has lived in Montreal, England and Jerusalem before moving to Calgary, where he has made a home since 2014. He was part of the inaugural program of Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations) teaching English to Israeli and Palestinian children at Hand in Hand, a co-educational and bilingual school in Jerusalem. During this time, he also worked as the associate artistic director with Theater in the Rough, the only English-language Shakespeare company in Israel.