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Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens
Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens

The Teachers Lounge

Ever wonder what teachers talk about when you're not around? The JU: Israel Teachers Lounge is where you get to listen in, and then join the conversation. Don't ever disconnect from Israel, the team will keep you up to date.

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Ep. 85 - Understanding the Nation State Bill

Alan, Matt and Mike turned to Prof. Amichai Cohen of the Israel Democracy Institute to explain the controversial Nation State law being worked on in the Knesset. It is a political hot topic in Israel, with many questions needing answers. What challenges does is pose to the democratic nature of the state? To Israel's minorities? To diaspora Jewry? Is there a problem at all? Join us as we discuss the issues.

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Ep. 84 - Reflections on a Quiet Day in Hebron

This week, Alan took Matt and Mike on a stroll through a very contentious piece of real estate, the city of Hebron. It's a city that is almost a microcosm for the Arab/Israeli conflict. Join us as we explain our thoughts and feelings about the past, present and future of one of the oldest Jewish cities in the world.

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Ep. 83 - INN vs. Birthright

Five young people walked off a Birthright trip in Israel to join an If Not Now (INN) tour of Hebron. What do Alan, Mike and Benji think about this controversy du-jour? How do they understand the INN and its mission? They explain their Zionist take on these issues in this back from vacation episode. Join us!

Benji's TOI Blog Post

JerusalemU's The Israel Teachers Lounge Podcast is produced by Matt Lipman.

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Ep. 82 - Talking Politics in a Partisan Age

Conversations about politics are social landmines. So how do teachers discuss current events with students in a productive way? Are there take away ideas for others to use? Benji joins Alan and Mike to share insights and ideas. 

JerusalemU's The Israel Teachers Lounge Podcast is produced by Matt Lipman.

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Ep. 81 - Trauma and Resilience Under Fire in Southern Israel

The Iron Dome saves lives in Southern Israel. But there is real damage being done by rocket attacks on southern Israel. In this episode, you'll hear some insider perspective on the real situation.

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Ep. 80 - Missiles, Abu Mazen and Oligarchs

Deja vu on the southern border a rocket barrage from Gaza, Abba leaves the hospital, and a Russian oligarch makes aliyah. Even for Israel, this has been a strange and stressful week. Join Alan, Mike and Matt as they give insight behind the headlines, and put these stories into context.

JerusalemU's The Israel Teachers Lounge Podcast is produced by Matt Lipman.

Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic requests and questions. And please rate and review us on iTunes and stitcher.

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Ep. 79 - When will they give Israel a break?

Students want to know why Israel is so often misjudged. When will people understand what's really happening here? Are we the crazy ones? Alan and Mike try to explain why so many people don't get it, and what we can do about it.

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Ep. 78 - Battle on the Border, and in the Media

When images in the media are making people angry at Israel, how do we explain things to them? How do we understand it ourselves? Join Alan, Mike and Matt as they try to sort through this week's news and its aftermath. (Sorry if the sound quality isn't up to par, we are learning to use new equipment. Please bear with us)

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Ep. 77 - Iran Deal: Before and After

Alan and Mike record outside of the new US Embassy compound in Jerusalem. They analyse the history of the Iran Deal, and where things might go from here. And don't forget the "Freedom March" in Gaza, next week's embassy move, the status of Jerusalem, the beginning of Ramadan and more. Basically, a discussion within the eye of the storm.

JerusalemU's The Israel Teachers Lounge Podcast is produced by Matt Lipman.

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Ep. 76 - Ambassador Dan Shapiro

It turns out that diplomats can be really nice guys. Listen in to our interview of former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. He tells us about his life and career. Then he helps us unpack Bibi's Iran speech, the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the Palestinian peace perspective. Listen for his clarity of thought and analysis, and hear how a mensch discusses complicated issues with nuance. Don't miss it! (and stay tuned for a brief JerusalemU announcement)

Bio at the INSS

We knew it would be an honor, but who knew we'd have so much fun?!

Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic requests and questions. And please rate and review us on iTunes and stitcher.

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