65 episodes

Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי.

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    • 4.8, 881 Ratings

Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי.

    Introducing Tablet's New Podcast - "Hebrew School"

    Introducing Tablet's New Podcast - "Hebrew School"

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    • 19 min
    From the Vault: Tying a Knot

    From the Vault: Tying a Knot

    For Mother's Day, we replay one of the most touching and brave stories of motherhood we've ever aired.

    In 2015, on the very last day of a month-long assignment in Nepal, Israeli journalist Danna Harman ran into three local street girls. She had just finished several unsuccessful rounds of IVF, and – back in Tel Aviv –
    she began daydreaming of an instant family. When one of the girls contacted her following Nepal's devastating earthquake, these dreams took on an unexpected life of their own. In a story about motherhood and friendship, Danna explores the bittersweet need for adjusting expectations. 
    Julie Subrin edited this story, Ari Jacob wrote and performed the original music, and Sela Waisblum mixed it all up. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. The end song, "Imma," was written and arranged by Shaike Paikov. The cover version used in the episode is by Ninet Tayeb and Yehuda Levi.

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    • 31 min
    From the Vault: A Biblical Bond

    From the Vault: A Biblical Bond

    Today is Yom HaZikaron - the day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. With everyone instructed to stay home, the typically-packed military cemeteries throughout Israel are largely empty. So we wanted to bring you one of our favorite stories.

    In 2003, Susi Döring Preston was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. That's where she met Tsiki Eyal, at a nightclub. Their passionate love affair would ultimately lead her to the sleepy Israeli town of Mazkeret Batya. There, surrounded by tears, this freckled Tulsan formed a raw, painful and hopeful bond with a woman who could, and should, have been her mother-in-law. Federica Sasso tells a story which – if the Bible were rewritten in today – might well replace the Book of Ruth. The original music was composed and performed by Ari Jacob. The episode was mixed by Sela Waisblum.

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    • 23 min
    IsraPalooza

    IsraPalooza

    Join us for a day filled with back-to-back interviews, concerts, workshops and classes in celebration of Israel's Independence Day!

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    • 1 min
    From the Vault: A Severe Case of Second Generation

    From the Vault: A Severe Case of Second Generation

    It's Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Over the years we’ve aired many stories and episodes that relate to the Holocaust in different ways. But today we wanted to replay one of our favorites.

    Lizzie Doron was born in Tel Aviv in the early 1950s. Like many others of her generation, she grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust, and her childhood was filled with silence. Questions about her family’s past were left unanswered or ignored. So, in a neighborhood where traumatic memories were relived on a nightly basis, Lizzie had to use her imagination to fill in the blanks of her own story. And, in her mind at least, she wasn’t alone. There was always someone there, looking out for her, looking *at *her. Maya Kosover unfolds an unusual saga which ends – decades after Lizzie left her mother’s home – with a shocking discovery.

    The music commissioned for this episode was composed and performed by The Hazelnuts – Shira Z. Carmel, Yifeat Ziv, Ronnie Wagner and Sapir Rosenblatt. It includes a cover of Yaakov Orland's "Mihu Ha'Meyalel Ba'Ruach" and "Ten Li," an original song by Yifeat Ziv.

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    • 24 min
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
881 Ratings

881 Ratings

DynamicAloha ,

Universally appealing... great stories and great history.

Wonderful! The upside to only discovering this recently is that I now I have years of episodes to binge-listen. If you like This American Life you will love this. You don’t need to be Jewish to fully appreciate this podcast: It has universal appeal. Great accompanying music as well.

Grand Rapids Fan ,

Great Narrative Work

I discovered Israel Story a month ago and have been binging episodes while working from home. I enjoy the strong narratives and learning about Israel, Jewish culture, etc through this compelling storytelling.

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