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
2018-11-16 00:10
last episode published
2017-08-31 10:48
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Alan Goldman& Michael Unterberg owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
104
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Society & Culture Religion & Spirituality Judaism History News & Politics

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
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
8.03.2018

AIPAC Conference and Response to Farrakhan

While the AIPAC Policy Conference meets in the USA, Alan and Mike discuss what it means to them. What is AIPAC? How does it impact United States Policy? How does it impact American Jewish life and culture? What would happen without it? Our American exp...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
28.02.2018

Case 4000 and Embassy Update

What is this new wrinkle in the Netanyahu scandal? What was just announced about the US embassy? And how will that play out? Alan, Mike and Matt bring you up to date. Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic r...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
22.02.2018

News and Perspective

What just happened on the Gaza border? How should we read the news with a critical eye? Alan and Mike share their insight, and even recommend some reading. Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic requests. Ou...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
15.02.2018

Behind Enemy (and Head) Lines

Want to understand the latest in the Bibi scandal? Want to understand what is happening with Iran on the northern border? Want to understand why these are really the same story? Alan and Mike are here to unpack these timely issues, and even make some p...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
8.02.2018

The Poland/Israel Death Camp Controversy

Alan plays two roles (cohost and expert on Polish Jewish history) as Mike interviews him about the odd new Polish law limiting educator's speech. And of course, the controversy that it has stirred up in Israel. Listen to more episodes, and let us know ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
1.02.2018

When a Stranger Resides With You...

The Torah says, in Leviticus 19, "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
25.01.2018

Why We Need Journalism

Raoul Wootliff, journalist at the Times of Israel, chats with Alan and Mike about journalism and the role it plays in a healthy democracy. He also masterfully explains the Netanyahu corruption investigations. When we promise to give you a deeper unders...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
18.01.2018

What They Don't Know About Israel

JerusalemU's President, Dina Rabhan, joins Alan & Mike to discuss the challenges of Israel Education for Millennials.   Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools - The Avi Chai Study   Listen to more episodes, and let us know w...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
11.01.2018

TVA Recharge is Back!

Alan & Mike meet with alumni from TVA, who explain what's really going on at today's college campuses. (Its probably better and worse than you're guessing) TVA Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic requ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
4.01.2018

How to Pronounce

Alan & Mike sit down with Reuven Spero from the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. After learning a bit about their program, these three seasoned professionals (read: old fogies) get into a deep discussion about the challenges of teaching Jewish...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
28.12.2017

Conflict and Mediation

This week, Alan and Mike turn to Dr. Steve Klein to make some sense of the enduring Israeli Palestinian conflict. He has a PHD in in conflict management and negotiation from Bar-Ilan University, teaches at Tel-Aviv and Ben-Gurion Universities and is an...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
21.12.2017

A View from Academia

How do you teach the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in university? And what if that university is in Jerusalem, and your students are Jews and Arabs? Dr. Toby Greene of Hebrew University shares his experience and perspective. He gives us a lot to think a...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
14.12.2017

One Week in Jerusalem

Alan, Mike and Lior reflect on what has changed, and what hasn't, since the Trump Jerusalem declaration. Also, Mike sort of has a panic attack, and Lior and Alan try to talk him down. Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
6.12.2017

The Jerusalem Declaration

We know that Israel's capital city is Jerusalem. Why hasn't it been recognised before? Why is that changing now? What will that mean going forward? Alan and Mike sit down with Middle East journalist David Harris to discuss what it all means. Listen to ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
30.11.2017

Peace or Pessimism?

Benji's back! Is the US administration's new peace push anything new or the same old story? Alan, Mike and Benji look at the story and put it into context. Join us, and let us know what you think! On the American Team The 5 Stages of Middle East Grief ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
23.11.2017

242 and Sadat Too

How many anniversaries can 2017 have? Well, its 50 for UNSC Resolution 242 and 40 for Sadat's visit to Jerusalem. Alan, Mike and Matt discuss how these events are misunderstood, and also deeply related. Come for the banter, stay for the cogent analysis...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
16.11.2017

The State of the Region

The only constant in the Middle East is change. We turn to journalist David Harris for updates on Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kurdistan and what all this means for Israel. Its the safest way you can tour this tumultuous region, and David even ...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author
9.11.2017

November 29th, 1947: The Gil Troy Perspective

Alan and Mike wanted a really special episode for the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations vote that recognised the Jewish state. So they turned to Professor Gil Troy for insight and perspective, and he really came through. You won't want to miss thi...
Alan Goldman & Michael Unterberg author