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 “The Band Plays On” Edition

Wracked with anxiety & anticipation about what new gov will take shape, Noah seeks solace with the boys of Liquid Plumr, the youthful garage band that was his transition from youth to an adult life in Israel. The boys discuss Zionism, Israel in the 80s, relations between Israeli & American Jews, and how the lives of their youngsters on both sides of the ocean differ from their own.

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The “The People have Spoken?” Edition

We discuss 1) the odd, inconclusive results of the elections that maybe changed everything, maybe changed nothing at all 2) what’s next for Israeli politics 3) what we’ll tell our future grandchildren, thirty years from now, when they ask about these elections

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The “Smile for the Camera!” Edition

We discuss 1) why some Israelis think cameras in polling places will destroy democracy, while others think it will save it 2) who doesn’t vote, and why 3) the angry claim by ultra-Orthodox feminists that progressive do-gooders fighting for the rights of Haredi women are messing up their game

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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.