JU:Israel Teachers Lounge

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JU:Israel The Teachers Lounge brings you into our conversation. With analysis of big events, headlines and issues, Alan, Mike and their team zoom out for big picture. Join us to stay in the loop. Don’t feel disconnected from Israel. We've got your back.

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JU:Israel The Teachers Lounge brings you into our conversation. With analysis of big events, headlines and issues, Alan, Mike and their team zoom out for big picture. Join us to stay in the loop. Don’t feel disconnected from Israel. We've got your back.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-21 20:48
last episode published
2019-03-21 06:21
publication frequency
7.94 days
Contributors
Alan Goldman& Michael Unterberg owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
122
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Society & Culture Religion & Spirituality Judaism History News & Politics

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
21.03.2019

Global Terrorism

What is terrorism? How is it different from resistance or freedom fighting? Can it be stopped? Is it a form of warfare or crime? Are white nationalist and Islamic forms different in any way? How do we respond to it? Who is responsible for it? When did ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
14.03.2019

Conversion in Israel

There are thousands of Israelis who do not meet the definition of "Jew" by the standards of Orthodox Judaism. Imagine going to Jewish schools, serving in the IDF, and then being told that you can't marry a Jew! How should the Jewish State resolve this ...
Michael Unterberg author
7.03.2019

Understanding the Indictments

Israel waited for Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's announcement that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would face indictment. Now that it finally happened, what has changed? Anything? Everything? Alan, Mike and Matt talk about what this means for Isra...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
25.02.2019

Blue & White Changes the Race

We're releasing this week's episode early, because the game has changed. After weighing the concern over too much politics talk, Alan, Mike and Matt discuss the merger of Chosen Yisrael with Yesh Atid. The new Blue and White party is now polling ahead ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
21.02.2019

Warsaw and Racism

After discussing last week's Warsaw middle east conference, and why (if?) it mattered, Alan Mike and Matt reflect on the normalisation of an overtly racist political party. What role does racism play in Israeli life and politics? What can, and should, ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
14.02.2019

The Murder of Ori Ansbacher

How are Israelis processing the horrible murder of Ori Ansbacher? What are the effects of terrorism on Israeli life and politics? What don't people understand about how we process stories like this? Alan, Mike and Matt reflect on these painful issues. ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
7.02.2019

Election Update

With only a couple of months left till Israeli elections, Alan, Mike and Matt take a look at where we are. Are personalities more important than parties? What blocs are forming? Can the poll numbers give us educated guesses about what the next Knesset ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
31.01.2019

The Problems Facing Gen Z

Alan, Mike and Matt use the Zionist method to analyse the problems facing the Jews of Generation Z. Hear why they think that Israel education is vital to the Jewish future. Let us know what you think! This episode was recorded at the amazing Ben Wallic...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
24.01.2019

Dr. Carra Glatt and the Use of Narratives

We invite Dr. Carra Glatt, lecturer at from Bar Ilan University, to explain and reflect on her recently published article in Haaretz. In it, she questioned the fairness of the If Not Now movement's protests of Birthright, and their dismissal of authent...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
17.01.2019

Eisenkot Exit and Zionist Identity

Israelis pay close attention when the IDF changes its Chief of Staff. Alan, Mike and Benji begin by sorting out Gadi Eisenkot's exit interviews, and what they mean for the state of Israel's security. Somehow, they end up defining what they stand for as...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
10.01.2019

Life on Campus After Gap Year

What issues do young Jews face on today's college campuses? Do they face a "crisis"? How do their peers treat them? Alan and Mike sat down with a few dozen TVA students. They discuss a range of issues regarding Jewish observance and Israel support on c...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
3.01.2019

Israeli Election Primer

After acknowledging the death of Israeli author and activist Amos Oz, the guys address the big topic everyone is buzzing about here. Elections! Are you confused about why we're having them early? Who are the new and old players mixing things up in inte...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
27.12.2018

Natan Sharansky

You don't get to sit down with one of your Zionist heroes every day. This week, the guys get a chance to talk to a man who helped shape the Jewish world, and take down the Soviet Union. After discussing the state of democracy in Israel and around the g...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
20.12.2018

Australian Embassy? Legalising Settlement Outposts? What is happening?

Confused by the headlines this week? Frankly, reading the stories through could leave you scratching your head. Alan, Mike & Matt try to make sense out of Australia's confusing new Jerusalem policy, and the Israeli government's renewed attempt to r...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
13.12.2018

Dual Loyalty

Did President Trump cross a line when speaking to the Jewish attendees at the White House Hanukah party and referred to Israel as "your country"? Rena is back to discuss feelings and accusations of dual loyalty for American Jews. Join us! This episode ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
6.12.2018

Bibi Investigations and Northern Operations - Raoul Wootliff Explains the News

This past week Israel has faced political and military mini-crises. Why are the police recommending indicting Bibi again? What does that mean for his government? What is going on at the Lebanese border? What is Operation Northern Shield, and what does ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
29.11.2018

AirBNB Unlists West Bank Jews

Wow! 100 Episodes! This week we take an anti-establishment stance against the the prevailing view in the Jewish social media world. Was AirBNB's decision to stop listing Jewish homes in the West Bank antisemitic? And if Alan, Mike and Matt are in so mu...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
22.11.2018

Interview with Tani Frank of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah

How should Israel balance the Jewish and democratic nature of the state? This question has troubled Zionists since the modern state began, and resolving the difficulty remains elusive. Alan, Mike and Matt interview Tani Frank, a lobbyist with the Ne’em...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
15.11.2018

Gaza Violence Causes Political Shake Up

Alan, Mike and Matt juggle all that's going on this week, and try to give it context and perspective. What made this week's rocket attacks from Gaza unusual? Why were Gazans walking around with suitcases full of money? How long will the current Israeli...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
8.11.2018

Discussing Israel Criticism on Campus

How should we handle conversations with people who criticize Israel for questionable behavior? What if its on Facebook? Alan and Rena give Mike advice on how he should respond to his student's question. They discuss how millennials are using social med...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
1.11.2018

Pittsburgh Discussions With Students and Thoughts on Israeli Elections

It's been a complicated week. The team shares reactions from students to the worst antisemitic attack in US history, and discuss perspectives on how to handle those conversations. Then they talk about this week's local Israeli elections, and the propos...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
25.10.2018

Where has Oslo left us?

After some quick news updates, Alan, Mike, Matt & Rena take stock of where the Oslo peace process has lest us. There are some storm clouds, some silver linings, some agreements and disagreements. Join us as we unpack this complex and controversial ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
18.10.2018

Gaza Border Clashes and Airport Detentions

What does the detention of Lara Alqasem say about Israeli Democracy? What do the clashes at the Gaza border mean for the future? And what is Hamas' strategy here? We break from our history reflections to talk about major news stories in the headlines. ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
11.10.2018

The Camp David Peace Accords, and Why They're Relevant 40 Years later

The second in our series of reflections on anniversary events, Alan, Mike and Matt discuss the Camp David Peace Accords. Peace on Israel's southern border is often taken for granted, but the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty was a monumental event that cha...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
4.10.2018

The Yom Kippur War and Why its Relevant 45 Years later

The first in our series of reflections on anniversary events, Alan, Mike and Matt discuss the Yom Kippur War. While the Six Day War is often discussed as a major turning point in the history of Israel and the Middle East, the 1973 October War still has...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
6.09.2018

Defunding UNRWA

That sound that you are hearing is the shifting of tectonic plates. This is a news story that many english speaking Zionists aren't paying enough attention to. One of the major causes of conflict here in Israel just had its first change of status quo i...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
30.08.2018

Democratic AND Jewish

Is Israel really a democracy? Is it balancing liberty and Jewish identity well? And why does it even matter? Join Alan, Mike and Matt as they invite in guest Middle East expert David Harris. They hash out the issues. And in the end, Mike is right. (at ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
23.08.2018

Back to School Advice

As students prepare for campus life, we have some suggestions for dealing with the topic of Israel. Alan and Mike suggest major ways the issues will come up, and even make some book suggestions. Alan's Recommendation Mike's Recommendation JU Israel Tea...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
16.08.2018

Ep. 88 - Nation State and the Lauder Letter

After two episodes and weeks of consideration, Alan and Mike share their perspective on the Nation State law controversy. Then they respond to the Ronald Lauder op-ed in the New York Times and his concerns about the direction of Israeli policy. Summary...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
9.08.2018

Thoughts of a Palestinian Israeli

Samah Salaime is one of the 25% of Israelis who aren’t Jewish. Whatever your thoughts on the Nation-State law, it is important to hear their perspectives as citizens of their democratic state. Matt and Mike met with Samah at her office in Wahat al-Sala...
Matthew Lipman & Michael Unterberg author
2.08.2018

An Age of Protest (with few solutions)

There's a lot going on in the news. It includes fall out from the nation state law, druzim leaving the army, Ahed Tamimi leaving prison, a new Gaza flotilla. Alan, Mike and Matt think they have found a common theme in all of these stories. Join us for ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
19.07.2018

Understanding the Nation State Bill

Alan, Matt and Mike turned to Prof. Amichai Cohen of the Israel Democracy Institute to explain the controversial Nation State law being worked on in the Knesset. It is a political hot topic in Israel, with many questions needing answers. What challenge...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
12.07.2018

Reflections on a Quiet Day in Hebron

This week, Alan took Matt and Mike on a stroll through a very contentious piece of real estate, the city of Hebron. It's a city that is almost a microcosm for the Arab/Israeli conflict. Join us as we explain our thoughts and feelings about the past, pr...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
5.07.2018

INN vs. Birthright

Five young people walked off a Birthright trip in Israel to join an If Not Now (INN) tour of Hebron. What do Alan, Mike and Benji think about this controversy du-jour? How do they understand the INN and its mission? They explain their Zionist take on t...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
28.06.2018

Declare Independence! Part 1B (rerelease)

Still on vacation, but enjoy a double episode on us! Originally released July 13, 2017. We'll be back next week, God willing! Alan and Mike continue a podcast mini-series. They feel that not enough attention is paid to a text that they are sure will en...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
28.06.2018

Declare Independence! Part 1A

Still on vacation, but enjoy a double episode on us! Originally released July 13, 2017. We'll be back next week, God willing! After a brief check in putting the latest political news into perspective, Alan and Mike begin a podcast mini-series. Th...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
21.06.2018

People of the Book... Week.

While we're on vacation, we're rereleasing episode 32 in honor of annual Hebrew Book Week. Alan and Mike interview publicist Stuart Schnee about the role this event has played in the current Jewish renaissance. They discuss how and why we should all pa...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
14.06.2018

Talking Politics in a partisan Age

Conversations about politics are social landmines. So how do teachers discuss current events with students in a productive way? Are there take away ideas for others to use? Benji joins Alan and Mike to share insights and ideas. JerusalemU's The Israel ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
7.06.2018

Trauma and Resilience Under Fire in Southern Israel

The Iron Dome saves lives in Southern Israel. But there is real damage being done by rocket attacks on southern Israel. In this episode, you'll hear some insider perspective on the real situation. Judith Spanglet is one of the heroes trying to heal the...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
31.05.2018

Missiles, Abu Mazen and Oligarchs

Deja vu on the southern border a rocket barrage from Gaza, Abba leaves the hospital, and a Russian oligarch makes aliyah. Even for Israel, this has been a strange and stressful week. Join Alan, Mike and Matt as they give insight behind the headlines, a...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
24.05.2018

When will they give Israel a break?

Students want to know why Israel is so often misjudged. When will people understand what's really happening here? Are we the crazy ones? Alan and Mike try to explain why so many people don't get it, and what we can do about it. JerusalemU's The Israel ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
17.05.2018

Battle on the Border, and in the Media

When images in the media are making people angry at Israel, how do we explain things to them? How do we understand it ourselves? Join Alan, Mike and Matt as they try to sort through this week's news and its aftermath. (Sorry if the sound quality isn't ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
10.05.2018

Iran Deal: Before and After

Alan and Mike record outside of the new US Embassy compound in Jerusalem. They analyse the history of the Iran Deal, and where things might go from here. And don't forget the "Freedom March" in Gaza, next week's embassy move, the status of Jerusalem, t...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
2.05.2018

Ambassador Dan Shapiro

It turns out that diplomats can be really nice guys. Listen in to our interview of former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. He tells us about his life and career. Then he helps us unpack Bibi's Iran speech, the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem,...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
26.04.2018

Barnard Students Explain the BDS Vote

Our 75th episode is an important one. During the controversial student election campaign by Barnard students to support BDS, many pro-Israel activists rose to the challenge. Alan and Mike discuss the entire affair with student heroes Orit Gugenheim and...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
19.04.2018

The State of the State at 70

After answering our question of the week, (from Lily Shams at Amit) about JStreet, Alan and Mike give Israel a check up. They use Israel's Declaration of Independence and evaluate his far the State has come to realising its goals, and where it still ne...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
12.04.2018

Clashes on the Borders

Nothing is ever boring here in Israel. With violence on both the northern and southern borders, Israel has its hands full. Was that Israel striking Syrian bases? What can we do about bad press from the Gaza "protests"? Alan and Mike try to make sense o...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
29.03.2018

Bibi, Gaza, Russia & Refugees

Its a pre-Passover news potpourri this week, as Alan & Mike analyse the headlines. Here's what's up: Bibi was hospitalised without a clear successor, pressure mounts on the Gaza border, Israel won't sanction Russia and the status of the asylum seek...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
22.03.2018

Passover, Food and Israel

How is Pesach different in Israel? What are the different foods that various Jews associate with the festival? How are food choices for Passover changing in our time? Why was that only three questions, or does this one make it four? Matt and Mike discu...
Matthew Lipman author
15.03.2018

Israel Haredi Draft Law and Coalition Crisis

It looks like the Israeli government won't dissolve after all. Phew, I guess? But its still worth understanding how the Israeli government works, what a coalition crisis is, and what the fight is over the haredi draft law. Good thing Alan, Mike and Mat...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author