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About ShtetlKettle

For the past 2 years, I’ve been blogging about fermentation on behalf of my small Detroit-based pickle business, Suddenly Sauer.

While food, in general, and fermentation, specifically, are central passions in my life, I felt that more theoretical fermentations (read: thoughts) weren’t as communicable in that space.  Thus, I’ve created ShtetlKettle.

In this space I want to think about community and individual identity.  My point of entry is Detroit Jewish identity, but I’m in no way limited to any one perspective.  I see some of the most poignant inquiries developing out of the borders between identities, and I hope to explore my identity, both personal and communal, with the boundaries (real and imaginary) that we create. 

While I plan to post on a weekly basis, I also want this space to be open to any/all those who happen to share in these (rather specific) areas of interest.  Guest posts and comments welcome!

I look forward to growing with you!



Detroit Jews in the Newz

Blair Nosan

I’m in New York City for a few days after a 5 day training I just completed.  When I left Detroit, my head was spinning.  I had a number of exciting things happen in the space of about a week and all were coming to a head when I landed at Baltimore International Airport last Wednesday.  

For starters, there was this co-written blog post from myself and a group of my Jewish Detroiter peers.

Then, there was this little non-gem, written for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, full of errors and assumptions.

And this story written by Oren and myself for the Detroit Jewish News, introducing the column we’re going to be running entitled “One City, Many Voices.”

Lastly, Oren and I spoke about how we are/are not defining Detroit on behalf of our co-contributors for the Craig Fahle show

I have much to say about all of this.  I think, most importantly, I want to say that taking control of your own narrative feels good, important, imperative even.  I realize it’s a privilege that myself and my peers have a media outlet– but it also makes me think hopefully about the work of Detroit Future Cities– imagining a future where access to media is a human right.  

It also reinforced for me that while I struggle with what it means to have (and to want to have) a voice, I feel reinforced by my conviction that our goal should be to bring everything we have to the table–with integrity and mindfulness.  

I was frustrated by the JTA piece, as it hit upon some common assumptions (calling the urban agriculture scene “burgeoning” and referring to my move to Detroit as part of a “startlingly significant migration of young adult jews.”)  While these incomplete and inaccurate statements frustrate me, I felt much better knowing that my own community’s narrative was being communicated that very same day.