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.

“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 “Changing Fortunes” Edition

Did we eulogize the Labor Party too soon? Is it wrong for the PM to unveil a plan to give us a pile of cash, just weeks before elections? With 1 in 3 vaccinated, is it time to figure out what life will be like when this is all over?

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The “Shots & Tots” Edition

Was Netanyahu’s deal to give Pfizer data on everyone who got the vaccine illegal? Why did a judge order the confiscation of a 2002 film about the IDF’s 2002 incursion into Jenin? What do the names we give our babies say about our society?

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The “But For Mel” Edition

Are “religious-Zionist” political parties no longer viable? What should we make of the pious, thuggish, anarchist and often beautiful kids they call “Hilltop Youth”? Why can't Israelis never ever delete Whatsapp from our phones?

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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.

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.