life stories

Ravid Kahalani gives us the Yemen Blues – Journeys

Join us for an eclectic hour in which Ravid Kahalani, founder of Yemen Blues, takes through his musical influences and improvises a song on his gimbri.

Rogel Alpher with Dov Ber Cohen – Journeys

Dov Ben Cohen has led a life full of adventures in far-flung places. What’s left for him to do today? Rogel Alpher finds out.

Rogel Alpher with the Toyota whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson – Journeys

In the course of her work for Toyota, Betsy Benjaminson noticed some discrepancy between corporate correspondence and the technical manuals, and became persuaded that the corporation was hiding the truth about what was causing the acceleration defects. After receiving legal advice from a law firm, Benjaminson began to leak the information to the media, thrusting her into the limelight. This is her story.

Rogel Alpher with right-wing ideologue Yisrael Medad – Journeys

Right-wing journalist and blogger Yisrael Medad refuses to recognize the Palestinians as a national collective — but that, he says, doesn’t exclude the prospect of dialogue.

Rogel Alpher with illustrator Michel Kichka – Journeys

Illustrator Michel Kichka’s autobiographical comic book explores the condition of the children of Holocaust survivors.

Rogel Alpher with ‘plastic cartoonist’ Hanoch Piven – Journeys

It took Uruguay-born Hanoch Piven a while, and a few trips abroad, to realize that Israel is his true home, despite his initial – and protracted – feeling of alienation.

Rogel Alpher with the Holocaust survivors’ ambassador Colette Avital – Journeys

Romanian-born Colette Avital reached many summits – and many capitals – during her long career as a diplomat, but over the past few years she has dedicated herself to the plight of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Israel.

Rogel Alpher with artist Hanoch Piven – Journeys

Ernesto Piven was 11 years old when he moved to Israel and became Hanoch. Initially feeling like an outsider, he began drawing caricatures. Eventually he moved to New York and achieved international success as an illustrator and caricaturist. But something was missing…

Rogel Alpher with ‘micro novelist’ Alex Epstein – Journeys

 

 

Alex Epstein started writing as a young kid, in an attempt to imagine exciting alternatives to his life. The result of this life-long endeavor is his varied oeuvre, consisting of fantastical short stories.

Famous for his so-called micro-fiction – ‘one-line stories’ – Alex’s work has been translated into English, Russian, Greek. In 2003,  he was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature.

Drawing on history, mythology as well as day-to-day life, Alex’s fiction is hardly ever conventional. He was the first author to publish his short stories entirely on Facebook, inviting readers to interact and comment which, he says, comes in part from his refusal to cooperate with giant publishers and chain book stores.

 

Playlist:
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Duran Duran – Perfect Day
Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
Hachatzer Ha’achorit – Ma’ane Koli
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

 

Photo by Thomas Langdon

Rogel Alpher with Marina Toshich – Journeys

 

 

Born an only child in Sarajevo, Marina Toshich was influenced by the culturally diverse music scene found in the streets of her Bosnian capital. Throughout her life, Marina experimented with cultural activities ranging from plastic art, piano, horseback riding, and swimming at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel. After the Gulf War in 1991, and before the start of the Bosnian war, she arrived in Israel. Marina never imagined that out of all of her hobbies, the Oud, an instrument which was very rare in Bosnia, would ultimately become her life and career.

 

 

Playlist:

Jedan dan života (Un dia da vida)-Mama Huanita
Josipa Lisac – O Jednoj Mladosti
Bijelo Dugme – Požurite Konji Moji – Šta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu
Derya Türkan – Uğur Işık – Nikriz Peşrevi
Recitation of the Qur’an by a young child