In-depth, long-form interviews with scholars, writers, and thinkers about their work and ideas that make up the debate in and about Israel.

“The Tel Aviv Review deals with all aspects of Israeli intellectual life, in an undogmatic spirit of free inquiry, showing everything the place has to offer in this area, across the spectrum.”
— Dr Gabriel Noah Brahm, Northern Michigan University
“The Tel Aviv Review has become my indispensable companion on the road and an always provocative challenge to my own fixed ideas. This podcast is easily on the level of the best public radio interview shows in America. Kudos for making this unique contribution to the intellectual life of Israel.”
— Martin Kramer, founding president, Shalem College, Jerusalem
“The hosts' probing questions revealed a sophisticated grasp of modern European history and politics, their intersection with the history of Israel and a welcome ability to listen to what I said and respond with thoughtful follow-up questions.”
— Prof Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland

Recent Episodes

The Creative Soul of the Sad Zionist

In “Zionism and Melancholy, The Short Life of Israel Zarchi,” Nitzan Lebovic inhabits the mind and soul of a lesser-known early Zionist poet. The result is a literary, academic, psychoanalytic - and slightly melancholy - journey through a political movement, via the short life of a poet.

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Not Just Another Cuppa Joe

In “A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture,” Shachar Pinsker shows how coffee houses then and now, there and here, helped give rise to modernity itself.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Israeli Economy but Were Afraid to Ask

Joseph Zeira, Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his new book “The Israeli Economy,” an introduction to all matters Israeli and economic.

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Sponsors

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.

Israel Democracy Institute

The Israel Democracy Institute is an independent center of research and action dedicated to strengthening the foundations of Israeli democracy.

Israel Institute is dedicated to strengthening the field of Israel Studies in order to promote knowledge and enhance understanding of modern Israel.

About the Hosts

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin

Dahlia is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant who has advised electoral and civil society campaigns in over a dozen countries, in especially in post-communist societies and transitional democracies in addition to five national campaigns in Israel. She has worked as a senior analyst for the Washington-based global polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; the director of international campaigns at GCS Issue Management, and a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Gilad Halpern

Gilad is a broadcast and online journalist, who until recently served as Assignments Editor for Haaretz newspaper’s English edition. Before that, he spent a few years in Paris where he was an editor and Middle East commentator for France24 as well as correspondent for ynet, Israel’s largest news site. His work appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Monitor, Time Out magazine, and The Jewish Chronicle.