An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by three folks 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.

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“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”
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“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!”
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“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.”

Recent Episodes

The “Comfort Where You Find It” Edition

We discuss: 1) the IDF decision to allow, for the first time ever, military gravestones to add “God will avenge his blood” 2) a new line of “Heroes of Israel” action figures for kids to play with

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The “U.S. and Us” Edition

We discuss: 1) the 3 months Bill spent in the West Bank keeping local Palestinians from being harassed by local Israelis 2) how America and Americans have left their imprint on Israeli culture and politics

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The “New Day Dawning?” Edition

We discuss: 1) the bombshell unanimous Supreme Court decision that requires Haredi men of army age to enlist 2) a new report about how to end the war and coax Gazans to accept Israel

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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 serves 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. He is the author of Adam Unrehearsed, a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. Don’s comic and moving autobiographical monologues can be heard on his performance podcast, Futterman’s One-Man Show. Don blogs for The Times of Israel and has been a columnist for Haaretz and The Daily Beast.

Linda Gradstein

Linda is the correspondent for Voice of America and CBS Radio in Jerusalem. She also teaches journalism at NYU-Tel Aviv and recently taught at NYU-Abu Dhabi.

Miriam Herschlag

Miriam is opinion and blogs editor at The Times of Israel. She was an anchor, reporter and editor at the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s English TV and radio news programs; and also held training and marketing positions at Given Imaging, a pioneering Israeli medical technology company. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida

Ohad is a critic for Haaretz, a student, and a research assistant in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. After graduating from the Aleph High School of Arts, where he majored in theater, Ohad served in the military as an editor and translator for the Israeli Air Force Magazine. He also hosted a weekly show on arts and culture in Israel on halalit.tv, and was (at 21) the youngest candidate for Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council in the entire history of the Jewish People. He grew up in New York until the age of nine, and since then has lived in Tel Aviv.