An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO guy who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture and society.

“With love and humor, the presenters confront the complexity of the modern day miracle of the state of Israel, and all of the problems that come with re-entering history”
— ACCurrent
“This podcast is fabulous: fun, witty, musical, inspired. Talk about Israel and issues by critical Americans who live in and love Israel. My favorite part of each podcast is the closing portion, What a Country! Try this, you will love it!”
— BerniceHP
“The Promised Podcast is my lifeline to all things Israel. Particularly when abroad in the galut. These are witty, smart, insightful Israelis who are always informative and fun to listen to.”
— Axel Chitlin

Recent Episodes

The “Déjà Vu All Over Again?” Edition

We discuss 1) our third elections, what they’re about and whether we learned anything from our first two 2) whether the love/hate relationship with the PM is really a struggle between “First Israel” and “Second Israel” 3) whether or not native-born Israelis “get” the fear of anti-semitism that so many Jews around the world feel

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The “Teacher, Is the Prime Minister a Crook?” Edition

We discuss 1) the idea of having a winner-take-all run-off between Netanyahu & Gantz 2) whether and how educators ought to address the sad spectacle of a PM under multiple indictments 3) who should decide the names of the stops on Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s new light rail system

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The “Quid Pro Squat” Edition

We discuss 1) whether loyalty remains a virtue when applied to an indicted politician like PM Netanyahu 2) the claim of some scholars that the courts are wrong to criminalize the complicated you-wash-my-hands-I’ll-wash-yours relationships between politicians and journalists, of the sort at the basis of 2 of the 3 indictments of the PM

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About the Hosts

Noah Efron

Noah aspires to make his living as a professional podcast host, raising bloviating to high art. It was his childhood dream. He teaches at Bar Ilan University, where he was founding chairperson of the program in Science, Technology & Society. He served on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council. Noah also played bass for an ill-fated band named Liquid Plumr, and has run marathons, slowly, on three continents. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, daughter, son, dog, and cat. His greatest regret is that he is not Nora Ephron.

Allison Kaplan Sommer

Allison was the Fall 2017 Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies. She has been a journalist and columnist for Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC correspondent, feature writer and critic for the Jerusalem Post, and has written on a freelance basis for U.S. publications, including the New Republic, Politico, The Forward, and JTA. Originally from Rhode Island, she earned her B.A. in English and Theater at Wesleyan University and her M.A. from the Columbia School of Journalism. She moved to Israel in 1993 and lives in Ra’anana with her husband and three children.

Don Futterman

Don is the Program Director for Israel of the Moriah Fund, and the founding Executive Director of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI), the leader in turning around underperforming low income elementary schools in Israel. Don has been a columnist for Haaretz, and his writing has appeared in The Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tikkun, Maariv, +972 and Moment. He is the author of “Yaniv’s Treasure”, האוצר של יניב, a children’s book published by the Tal-Mai imprint of Yedioth Books. He has performed his original monologues at the 92nd Street Y, the American Jewish Theater, Storytellers in Concert, and on scores of college campuses.