global shtetl





  1. a small Jewish town or village in eastern Europe.

For many years Jews populated eastern Europe, assembling into small villages called Shtetls. Despite global migration from Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th, the same shtetl-building pattern would lead to a fascinating global mosaic of Jewish communities, each one integrating local culture with age-old traditions.

Global Shtetl explores these global Jewish communities through food, culture, music and ties to the Yiddish language, once the de facto language of the Ashkenazic Jewish world, and shows their unique interplay with and contributions to local culture.

Format: Web docu-series