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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. 65 - The Poland/Israel Death Camp Controversy

Alan plays two roles (cohost and expert on Polish Jewish history) as Mike interviews him about the odd new Polish law limiting educator's speech. And of course, the controversy that it has stirred up in Israel. 

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Ep. 64 - When a Stranger Resides With You...

The Torah says, in Leviticus 19, "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God."

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Ep. 63 - Why We Need Journalism

Raoul Wootliff, journalist at the Times of Israel, chats with Alan and Mike about journalism and the role it plays in a healthy democracy. He also masterfully explains the Netanyahu corruption investigations. When we promise to give you a deeper understanding than the headlines, we don't mess around.

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Ep. 62 - What They Don't Know About Israel

JerusalemU's President, Dina Rabhan, joins Alan & Mike to discuss the challenges of Israel Education for Millennials. 

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Ep. 61 - TVA Recharge is Back!

Alan & Mike meet with alumni from TVA, who explain what's really going on at today's college campuses. (Its probably better and worse than you're guessing)

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Ep. 60 - How to Pronounce "Goethe" (and being a Jewish History teacher)

Alan & Mike sit down with Reuven Spero from the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. After learning a bit about their program, these three seasoned professionals (read: old fogies) get into a deep discussion about the challenges of teaching Jewish history. How do you connect young Jews from the Diaspora to their homeland?

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Ep. 59 - Conflict and Mediation

This week, Alan and Mike turn to Dr. Steve Klein to make some sense of the enduring Israeli Palestinian conflict. He has a PHD in in conflict management and negotiation from Bar-Ilan University, teaches at Tel-Aviv and Ben-Gurion Universities and is an editor at Haaretz. We think you'll agree that he observations are particularly insightful.

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Ep. 58 - A View from Academia

How do you teach the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in university? And what if that university is in Jerusalem, and your students are Jews and Arabs? Dr. Toby Greene of Hebrew University shares his experience and perspective. He gives us a lot to think about how we think about Israel.


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Ep. 57 - One Week in Jerusalem

Alan, Mike and Lior reflect on what has changed, and what hasn't since the Trump Jerusalem declaration. Also, Mike sort of has a panic attack, and Lior and Alan try to talk him down.


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Ep. 56 - The Jerusalem Declaration

We know that Israel's capital city is Jerusalem. Why hasn't it been recognised before? Why is that changing now? What will that mean going forward? Alan and Mike sit down with Middle East journalist David Harris to discuss what it all means.

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