life stories

Nimer Ahmad, a man of many names – Journeys

Nimer Ahmad is the son of a Jewish mother and Palestinian father, so his identity was complex from the outset. But his life was further complicated when his father was sentenced to 700 years in prison for masterminding 22 terror attacks on Jewish targets.

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 former MK Daniel Ben-Simon – Journeys

 

 

Former MK Daniel Ben-Simon grew up in Morocco and made Aliyah to Israel all by himself at the early age of 15. Experiencing difficulties in his new homeland, he was drawn to writing and became a professional journalist and author, mostly focusing on the many complexities of Israeli society and politics. After 22 years of journalism he decided that he had had enough of talking the talk, and that it was time to engage in actual politics. Ben-Simon served as Member of Knesset for the Labor Party between 2009 and 2013, failing to get reelected; but even outside the Knesset, his enthusiasm to right the country’s many wrongs has not subsided.

Playlist:
Charles Aznavour – La Mamma
Procol Harum – Wither Shade of Pale
The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down
Hot Chocolate – I’ll Put You Together Again
John Lennon – Mother
Rachid Taha – Ya Rayah

 
Photo by Reuven Kopitchinski

Rogel Alpher with saxophonist Itamar Borochov – Journeys

Itamar Borochov is a composer who was raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city, and is now based in New York. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for his personal roots resulted in a growing love for Arabic and Pan-African music.