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People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. A partnership between AJC and The Times of Israel, People of the Pod examines political events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish people and Israel. Hosted by Seffi Kogen and Manya Brachear Pashman.

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People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. A partnership between AJC and The Times of Israel, People of the Pod examines political events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish people and Israel. Hosted by Seffi Kogen and Manya Brachear Pashman.

    Road to a New Israeli Government; Passover Prep

    Road to a New Israeli Government; Passover Prep

    After three elections in the space of a year, Israel now appears to be on the verge of having a functioning government again. Joining us to discuss the latest developments is New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief David Halbfinger. Then we hear from Tablet Senior Writer Yair Rosenberg, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Rabbi Noam Marans, and AJC Associate Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Laura Shaw Frank on how to make Passover especially meaningful this year.

    Show Notes:
    https://www.ajc.org/news/this-wont-be-the-first-social-distancing-passover

    • 43 min
    Coronavirus in the U.S.; Israeli Political Drama

    Coronavirus in the U.S.; Israeli Political Drama

    This week, Tablet Senior Writer Yair Rosenberg joins us to discuss the U.S. government’s response to the growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the release of his new Shabbat music album. Then, Times of Israel Senior Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur joins us to break down the ongoing political drama in Israel and the chances that Israelis may finally get a new government.

    • 37 min
    Israel’s Response to the Coronavirus; Creatively Quarantined

    Israel’s Response to the Coronavirus; Creatively Quarantined

    As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeps the globe, Israeli doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs are working diligently to help find a cure and improve treatment options. Joining us to discuss these efforts, as well as Israel's own strategies to prevent the spread of the virus, are Dr. Daniel Landsberg, who serves as Regional Medical Director of Maccabi Health Services, and Dr. Kira Radinsky, Chair and Chief Technology Officer of Diagnostic Robotics. Then, staying in Israel, we speak to Joyce Franco and Stephanie Graber, the creators of the Instagram account, Creatively Quarantined, which has become an incubator for those searching for inspiration in isolation.

    • 41 min
    Quarantine in Israel, Jews in the UAE

    Quarantine in Israel, Jews in the UAE

    This week, Israel imposed a blanket 14-day self-quarantine on everyone arriving from outside the country in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Joining us to discuss the quarantine and the other efforts to protect the country is Dr. Yonatan Freeman, an international relations expert and lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Then, Ross Kriel, President of the Jewish Community of the Emirates, joins us from Dubai to shed light on the small but thriving Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates.

    • 36 min
    Elections in the U.S. and Israel

    Elections in the U.S. and Israel

    On this week's episode of People of the Pod, JTA’s Washington Bureau Chief Ron Kampeas joins us to discuss Super Tuesday results, Senator Bernie Sanders’ decision to boycott AIPAC, and other significant developments in the U.S. presidential contest. Then Tal Schneider, an award-winning political correspondent for the Israeli daily Globes, helps us break down the inconclusive results from Israel’s third election in a year.

    • 35 min
    New Antisemitism Documentary; Israeli Election Update

    New Antisemitism Documentary; Israeli Election Update

    On this week's episode of People of the Pod, we sit down with director Andrew Goldberg to discuss his new documentary, "Viral: Antisemitism In Four Mutations." Then, as Israelis prepare to head back to the polls on Monday for the third time in a year, we speak to Times of Israel Senior Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur to break down what’s important to Israeli voters.

    • 40 min

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