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Welcome to The Israel Conversation by the Masa Leadership and Impact Center, the content engine behind Masa Israel Journey. We bring contemporary, challenging, and compelling Israel issues to light in ways that help us stay connected with what’s really going on, on the ground.

Masa Israel Journey is dedicated to shaping a promising future for the young Jewish individual, the global Jewish community, and the connection to the State of Israel. Our hope with The Israel Conversation is to educate our Masa Fellows, alumni, parents, partners, and everyone in between about Israel from a local point of view while engaging multiple perspectives.

The Israel Conversation - formerly known as the Makom Israel Teacher's Lounge - has been a lively discussion and debate on everything Israel since 2016.

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Welcome to The Israel Conversation by the Masa Leadership and Impact Center, the content engine behind Masa Israel Journey. We bring contemporary, challenging, and compelling Israel issues to light in ways that help us stay connected with what’s really going on, on the ground.

Masa Israel Journey is dedicated to shaping a promising future for the young Jewish individual, the global Jewish community, and the connection to the State of Israel. Our hope with The Israel Conversation is to educate our Masa Fellows, alumni, parents, partners, and everyone in between about Israel from a local point of view while engaging multiple perspectives.

The Israel Conversation - formerly known as the Makom Israel Teacher's Lounge - has been a lively discussion and debate on everything Israel since 2016.

    Gush Katif Day

    Gush Katif Day

    What is Gush Katif day? It occurs annually on the 22nd of Shevat, which falls on Monday, January 24th, this year. Leil and Mike invited Yoav Yaron, a fellow educator who was born and raised in Neve Dekalim in Gush-Katif. What was it like growing up there? Why is it so important for Israelis and Zionists to learn about their communities and the disengagement? What are the remaining relevant controversies? For this, and much more on this important topic, join us! This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 50 min
    Jewish Life in India

    Jewish Life in India

    What is life like in Jewish communities in India? What is life like in Israel for Jews from India? This week, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow Maayan Shapurkar joined Liel and Mike to answer these questions and many more. Join us! This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 33 min
    Hillel Halkin

    Hillel Halkin

    Dear Listener,Always get as much Hillel Halkin content as you possibly can. If you want to know why, listen to our current episode. Alan rejoined Mike for this one. They discussed Ahad Ha'am's arguments with Herzl, but it's really about why the history of Zionism is so relevant to us today. Normally we discuss current events, but a scholar like Hillel reminds us that we need to be informed by our past. Don't miss this one! Hillel Halkin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillel_Halkin)His Amazon Page (https://www.amazon.com/Hillel-Halkin/e/B001ITYSVO?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1641473685&sr=1-2)This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 49 min
    Miri Eisen on Iran

    Miri Eisen on Iran

    What level of threat does a nuclear Iran pose to Israel? What can the world do about it? What will Israel do about it? Liel & Mike turned to expert analyst, Miri Eisen (Col. Ret.) for the answers. Join us!The Israel Conversation by Masa Israel Journey (https://www.masaisrael.org/the-israel-conversation/) is a weekly podcast produced by Matt Lipman, and hosted by Michael Unterberg and Liel Zahavi-Asa.This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 51 min
    Can you be a Zionist on Campus?

    Can you be a Zionist on Campus?

    How should Zionist students manage their campus life? How can they express their love for Israel in the current environment? What advice can Israel educators give them to help navigate these challenges? How do these time fit into Jewish history? Liel brought a student's story to Matt and Mike, and they hashed it out. Join us! The Israel Conversation by Masa Israel Journey (https://www.masaisrael.org/the-israel-conversation/) is a weekly podcast produced by Matt Lipman, and hosted by Michael Unterberg and Liel Zahavi-Asa.This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 48 min
    The Covid vs. Tourism Crisis

    The Covid vs. Tourism Crisis

    Recorded before the protests against travel bans (https://www.timesofisrael.com/jobless-tourism-workers-protest-travel-bans-demand-compensation/), this episode explains what they were all about. Entrepreneur Josh Koonin joined us to explain the growing frustration policy. How accurately is the government assessing the dangers to public health? How much of their decisions are based on politics? How much is the tension between the current and former administrations fuling the chaos? How problematic is this lack of tourism for Israel beyond economic concerns? Join us!Josh's Blog Article (https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/why-the-bennett-vacation-story-matters/)Josh's website (https://pizazzisrael.com/)The Israel Conversation by Masa Israel Journey (https://www.masaisrael.org/the-israel-conversation/) is a weekly podcast produced by Matt Lipman, and hosted by Michael Unterberg and Liel Zahavi-Asa.This episode was edited by the amazing Ben Wallick Studios (https://www.benwallick.com/). Ben is awesome!Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIsraelConversation)Please rate, review, share and recommend our podcast.If you have further questions about Israel, please feel free to contact your Masa teacher.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

gracechabbott ,

Wow.

Amazing and thought-provoking discussion on Israel’s current events. Highly recommend.

crazylongnicknam ,

Amazing!

Great honest discussion- very informative about Israel current events

JMN49109 ,

Great podcast

Best way to keep up with isreali politics and develop nuanced ideas about Israel and judaism

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