23 episodes

Us Among the Israelis is an engaging, insightful, and totally unexpected look at what it’s like to live in the world’s most interesting country. From getting used to living in a country where everyone serves in the army to making peace with customer service in a country where no one ever stands in line, Carrie Keller-Lynn and Aliza Landes, two American immigrants to Israel, explore the mysteries, frustrations, and joys of life in Israel.

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    • 4.8 • 112 Ratings

Us Among the Israelis is an engaging, insightful, and totally unexpected look at what it’s like to live in the world’s most interesting country. From getting used to living in a country where everyone serves in the army to making peace with customer service in a country where no one ever stands in line, Carrie Keller-Lynn and Aliza Landes, two American immigrants to Israel, explore the mysteries, frustrations, and joys of life in Israel.

    Push the Button

    Push the Button

    What are the fundamental dynamics driving the Israeli Knesset and the decisions it makes? What Flexibility do individual MKs have to vote for their consciences, versus rubber stamp for their parties? And even though Israelis elect 120 MKs, why do only a handful wield real power.
    In our last episode of season 1, Carrie and Aliza speak with Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and later Member of Knesset, to get the inside baseball on how the Knesset operates and what power individual legislators do - and don't - have to represent Israeli citizens.
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    • 54 min
    How (Not) to Get a Gun

    How (Not) to Get a Gun

    While the image of teenage IDF soldiers toting M-16s is ubiquitous, can those same soldiers obtain a private weapon post-service? Do Israelis see private gun ownership as a right? And why can't our IDF-veteran hosts get a handgun license?
    Carrie and Aliza talk with Nadav Kalmar, a professional shooting instructor and two-decade veteran of the nation's security establishment. They speak about Israeli attitudes toward and culture around firearms, and how they are reflected in private gun ownership policy.

    • 43 min
    Yafo Yafa Jaffa

    Yafo Yafa Jaffa

    What is Yafo and who lives there? Yafo is seamlessly integrated into Tel Aviv...... or is it? And why is it, that during the May 2021 conflict with Hamas, citizens of Yafo faced riots, while just steps north in Tel Aviv, the streets were calm?
    Carrie and Aliza speak with lifelong Yafo resident Hilal Habashi to hear a personal perspective on the community and how it fits into the Israeli constellation.
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    • 43 min
    Got Questions?

    Got Questions?

    Carrie and Aliza are taking this week off as they get ready to put the final touches on this season's last 3 episodes. Carrie has a message about the upcoming Summer Mailbox Episodes! She's asking you to write in with your burning questions about life in Israel.
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    • 1 min
    Killing the Dead Sea

    Killing the Dead Sea

    Why has the Dead Sea shrunk more than 40% in the last 100 years? Can it be saved, or have we passed the point of no return? Why are companies still allowed to profit off of its mineral harvest? Where are the Israeli and Jordanian governments in this story?
    Carrie and Aliza speak with Dr. Clive Lipchin, the Director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, about why the Dead Sea is drying up and, in order to save it, who has to start caring.
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    • 34 min
    Making Babies

    Making Babies

    How come Israel honors gay marriage but impedes gay couples from building families? Why can a single woman employ a gestational surrogate in Israel, but not a single man? And what are the real consequences of going abroad for surrogacy?
    Carrie and Aliza speak with father, journalist, and media company owner Grig Davidovitz, who together with his husband made three babies ..... with a little help from a foreign surrogate.



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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

CT.PhilM ,

Great show!

I recently found this show, and I’m so glad I did. As someone who follows the Israeli media, has been there several times including six months in college, and regularly hears from Israelis on webinars, I was surprised by how much I’ve learned listening to the show. It it has a good mix of guests and range of topics. While not a politics show, many are very topical and cover some aspect of recent news. The hosts do a great job keeping it interesting and very real. I’m looking forward to their next season.

Dannyboi 69420 ,

Cringey

It’s Among Us, not Us Among

Suzy Capoosi ,

Another satisfied customer

I am a woman living in Israel for more than 3 decades. Originally from USA I can totally identify with the wonder these two women feel about the culture here. They are so charming and upbeat. So perceptive of the unique features of life here. I have gotten some really useful information from listening and each week their podcast is a total gem. Keep it up ladies. You’re doing great!

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