Culturally Jewish

Join actors David Sklar and Ilana Zackon as they shmooze with creative Jews of all disciplines, taking you behind the scenes of what matters most to Canada’s Jewish arts community—and why our cultural representation matters. Please send pitches to producer Michael Fraiman at [email protected].


  • 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.

  • 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