Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal



Struggling with their own proverbial “YidLife Crisis,” two Montrealers on the cusp of middle age return to Montreal to discover their own mixed-up heritage in the story of Jewish Montreal, as told through an entire day's worth of eating in and around the city. CHEWDAISM: A Taste of Jewish Montreal is an hour-long documentary following Jamie and Eli as they discover the roots of the city’s Jewish community through a series of classical Jewish eateries telling the story of their community in the last 100 years, with various guests along the way sharing tales and meals.



Nosh by nosh history of Jewish Montreal

Old Jewish joke — 'They tried to kill us. They didn’t succeed. Let’s eat' — is a good scene-setter for the documentary Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal.

‘Chewdaism’ Explores Montreal’s Jewish Culture

With bagels, babkas, knishes, smoked meats and Moroccan couscous on the menu, with a shmeer of Jewish history and culture on the side, “Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal” celebrates the Canadian city’s Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities and delicacies…

The Yidlife Crisis Duo Eat Their Way Through Jewish Montreal

The zany duo behind YidLife Crisis are back doing what they do best – chowing down and rapturously talking about the food between mouthfuls, all in the name of exploring Jewish identity…

The one movie to see at the Atlanta Jewish Film Fest if you love food

If you love food -- and good puns -- there’s a movie for you on the recently-announced Atlanta Jewish Film Festival lineup….

Local premiere set for Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

After nearly 20 screenings in a matter of months at Jewish film festivals all around North America, as well as Bucharest, the YidLife Crisis duo of Eli Battaion and Jamie Elman will finally launch their feature-length documentary called Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal…



  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 

  • Miami Jewish Film Festival 

  • Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto

  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival

  • Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 

  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival 

  • JFilm Pittsburgh

  • Victoria Jewish Film Festival



  • Bucharest Jewish Film Festival 

  • New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival 

  • Asheville Jewish Film Festival 

  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 

  • Detroit Jewish Film Festival

  • DC Jewish Film Festival

  • National Center for Jewish Film 

  • North Shore JCC Jewish Film Festival