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A podcast powered by Jewish National Fund where we'll be sharing with you stories of interesting people doing fascinating work all over Israel. #poweredbyJNF

    Alex Ryvchin, Writer & Jewish Leader

    Alex Ryvchin, Writer & Jewish Leader

    From Zionist pioneer, Leon Pinsker, to the Father of Modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, to the first President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, the story of Zionism has been filled with controversy, misunderstanding, and astonishing feats. Author of Zionism: The Concise History, Alex Ryvchin sits down with host, Steven Shalowitz, to tell the story of Zionism and the impact it has on modern Jewish identity and to war and peace in the Middle East. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ishmael Khaldi, Israeli Diplomat

    Ishmael Khaldi, Israeli Diplomat

    Growing up as an Israeli Muslim in a Bedouin family, Ishmael “Ish” Khaldi wanted to be a farmer. After two of his close friends were killed during their police service, Ish made a personal commitment to serve the country of Israel. Listen to Ish as he sits down with Steven Shalowitz to discuss his upbringing, values, and career as a diplomat.

    • 39 min
    Lior Haiat, Israel Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

    Lior Haiat, Israel Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

    September 15, 2020 was a historic day for Israel and United Arab Emirates - signing a peace treaty normalizing their relations. This week on IsraelCast, Steven Shalowitz welcomed on Lior Haiat, the Israel Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, who was part of the official delegation that visited the UAE for this momentous event. Listen to Lior speak about the visit and what this means for the future of the Middle East.

    • 43 min
    Dr. Roni Raab, JNF-USA South Florida Executive Director

    Dr. Roni Raab, JNF-USA South Florida Executive Director

    Half a century ago, a 6-year-old Roni Raab visited his grandparents, who had made Aliyah, in Israel. On Sunday, Sept. 6, 1970, he, his mother, and 4 siblings boarded a TWA flight to return home to New York. A week later, Roni and his family finally deplaned after a tense, harrowing experience on an airplane that had been hijacked by the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). Find out how Roni made it through this dangerous time and how it impacted the rest of his life on this week’s episode of IsraelCast with host Steven Shalowitz.

    • 53 min
    Yonatan Winetraub, SpaceIL co-Founder

    Yonatan Winetraub, SpaceIL co-Founder

    Ever since he was a little kid, Yonatan Winetraub wanted to go to Mars. Find out how he went from a kid with a dream to the co-founder of SpaceIL, running a robotic mission to the moon, on this week’s episode of IsraelCast. Host Steven Shalowitz talks to Winetraub about the importance of motivating students to be interested in science and engineering, not just being a YouTube star. Hear about the time capsule of hopes and dreams, Beresheet, left on the moon - including a small Bible, letters from communities around the world, and a picture painted by his grandmother.

    • 38 min
    Shahar Azani, Israel Advocate & Former Diplomat

    Shahar Azani, Israel Advocate & Former Diplomat

    Courage. Gratitude. Connection. These words are bantered around often enough, but it is rare to find someone with so many stories of simple acts, making connections, and saying thank you. Tune in to this week’s episode of IsraelCast as host Steven Shalowitz sits with Israel advocate and former diplomat Shahar Azani, who relays stories from Kenya, Israel, Yemen, and the United States – and who reminds us of the value and importance of finding commonalities with others and appreciating the simple things in life.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Squirrel Hill Girl ,

Timely and Diverse

Love these podcasts because the topics are relevant to what’s going on in the world. There is a sense of intimacy to the conversations that bring me in to the discussion.

NJTorahFan ,

Intelligent, well-prepared, enthusiastic

A great interviewer. This podcast is an important addition to our understanding of Israel and its people outside of the usual blaring headlines and slanted coverage of much of the media. Shalowitz is a pleasure to listen to, insightful, and genuinely likes people.

rdfamily4 ,

Real insight into the land and people of Israel

Shalowitz never fails to find a fascinating individual whose background, location and/or vocation affords unique insights into another facet of this incredible country and its people. Always informative, entertaining and apolitical. Keep up the good work Steve!

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