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The Team

Israel Story or Sipur Israeli, is a new radio initiative aimed at introducing high quality, long-form non-fiction content to, and about, Israel.

We began as a small podcast, meant for family and friends. But what followed exceeded our wildest dreams: Within a few months, the show was picked up by Galey Tzahal, Israel’s leading national radio station, and was offered a primetime slot. Each of our first season’s eleven episodes reached an estimated audience of hundreds of thousands of listeners. The response was overwhelming, and so we’ve kept making stories in Hebrew, and also expanded into English!

Israelis, we all know, are a nation of storytellers. So in many ways our task was an easy one – to shine a spotlight on the little (and big!) dramas that comprise Israeli life. Our primary goal is to tell the story of a different, diverse Israel: To amplify voices that are rarely heard on the mainstream media, to showcase and celebrate the plurality of local communities and traditions. By bringing you multi-faceted narratives on thought-provoking themes, Israel Story aims to become a refreshing alternative. We don’t want to talk about Bibi, Lapid or Bennett. We’re kind of tired about hearing about the threat of the Iranian bomb or the Security Council resolutions. Instead, we hope to present a cross-section of ‘Israeliness,’ entering communities that are typically sidelined and silenced, and to tell stories that are not aired anywhere else: These are the stories you’d tell a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, the stories you’d share with your partner at the end of the day – Everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis.

 

 
The Team:
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Mishy Harman

Dr. Mishy Harman is the co-founder and host of the show. Following his military service, he studied history at Harvard, archeology at Cambridge and wrote his PhD – a biography of

Dr. Mishy Harman is the co-founder and host of the show. Following his military service, he studied history at Harvard, archeology at Cambridge and wrote his PhD – a biography of the first Protestant missionary in Ethiopia – at the Hebrew University. He lives in Jerusalem, with his fiancé Federica and their two dogs, Nomi and Golda.


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Yochai Maital

Yochai grew up in Haifa, but now can’t imagine calling anywhere but Tel Aviv his home. After eight years as an intelligence officer in the army, Yochai embarked on a

Yochai grew up in Haifa, but now can’t imagine calling anywhere but Tel Aviv his home. After eight years as an intelligence officer in the army, Yochai embarked on a new trajectory, and started studying creative writing at Tel Aviv’s Minshar College for Arts. Ecologically minded, Yochai has built multiple eco-houses, and co-founded Tel Aviv’s first (and still only) organic food Co-Op. He lives with his wife, young daughter and son, and, of course, Trotsky the dog.


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Shai Satran

Shai grew up in Jerusalem, a middle brother between two lively sisters. Now he lives in Tel Aviv, where he is in the midst of a master’s program in clinical

Shai grew up in Jerusalem, a middle brother between two lively sisters. Now he lives in Tel Aviv, where he is in the midst of a master’s program in clinical psychology. Shai is an active advocate for women’s rights and volunteers at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, where he dedicates one morning a week to facilitating workshops in Jerusalem high schools on topics ranging from sexual assault to pornography.


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Ro’ee Gilron

Ro’ee is originally from Be’er Sheva. Once he finished his military service, he did his undergrad at Brandeis, and founded a tech start-up with Mishy. After working at a NASA

Ro’ee is originally from Be’er Sheva. Once he finished his military service, he did his undergrad at Brandeis, and founded a tech start-up with Mishy. After working at a NASA Lab conducting experiment in zero gravity environments, he returned to Israel, to begin his PhD in neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. Regardless of what he’s doing, he’s probably cycling to get there. To the great dismay of his friends (and any other normal person), Roee thinks that no distance is too great for a nice bike ride.


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Maya Kosover

Maya is originally from Haifa and currently living in Jaffa. She is married to Rotem, and together they raise Noah, their dog. Breathing radio from childhood, Maya later turned her

Maya is originally from Haifa and currently living in Jaffa. She is married to Rotem, and together they raise Noah, their dog. Breathing radio from childhood, Maya later turned her love into a profession. Maya is a veteran in TV and radio- she was the editor of “Anashim Ba-laila” with Kobi Meidan on Galei Tzahal. Today, she teaches at Sapir college and the pre-army academy in Jaffa, and spends most of her time recording, editing and story hunting for “Israel Story”. 


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Zev Levi

Zev grew up in Perth, Australia, and studied Engineering and English at UWA. Having lived and worked in Perth’s local music scene, he developed a passion for high-quality production and

Zev grew up in Perth, Australia, and studied Engineering and English at UWA. Having lived and worked in Perth’s local music scene, he developed a passion for high-quality production and well-crafted audio. Now living near his old yeshiva in Jerusalem, Zev is involved with religious movements that pursue equality in Israel.


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Hannah Barg

Hannah Barg is a St. Louis, Missouri native with a passion for education, radio and storytelling. Hannah graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology. After

Hannah Barg is a St. Louis, Missouri native with a passion for education, radio and storytelling. Hannah graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology. After college, she moved to Chicago to work for a college access program, working directly with low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students. In 2017, Hannah interned at StoryCorps, an American oral history project committed to preserving the stories of everyday people. Hannah’s excited to be back in Israel, the place which sparked her interest in culture and desire to tell complex stories about people and place.


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Ari Wenig

Ari is from Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, he finished studying Jazz Composition; said goodbye to his wedding band, students, friends, and family; and came to Israel, finally settling in the

Ari is from Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, he finished studying Jazz Composition; said goodbye to his wedding band, students, friends, and family; and came to Israel, finally settling in the place that had made him melt (from the heat of the sun and the warmth of the people). He’s been making music for as long as he can remember. Since being in Israel, he’s explored the music, people, and food of both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, getting to know their characters and weaving his own way into their stories. Somehow, somewhere along the way, Ari was sent an incredibly lucky star and found himself in Virginia Beach, on an Israel Story live-show tour, with 10 remarkable people who he hardly knew at the time. And there he was, woven inextricably into the Israel Story story.


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Judah Kauffman

Judah Kauffman is a goofy Toronto native with a passion for public radio. He spent 4 years studying economics and political philosophy at McGill University in dreamy Montreal. Like many

Judah Kauffman is a goofy Toronto native with a passion for public radio. He spent 4 years studying economics and political philosophy at McGill University in dreamy Montreal. Like many budding economists, Judah then worked on a Jewish sustainable farm in Connecticut as a farmer and ecological educator. In the spring of 2016, he participated in the Transom Story Workshop. There, he learned from some of kindest and smartest people in public radio. He now lives in south Tel Aviv and hopes to shine a light on the stories of the people who live there.


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Abby Neuschatz

Abby was born and raised in San Francisco, but has spent the last few years slowly making her way east: first living in Michigan, then Rhode Island and New York

Abby was born and raised in San Francisco, but has spent the last few years slowly making her way east: first living in Michigan, then Rhode Island and New York City, and finally coming to Israel (saving the best for last). She is currently spending her last semester of Brown University abroad (in Tel Aviv), and will graduate this May with a B.A. in History. A life-long lover of stories, Abby has worked on documentaries, short films, and has interned with several television networks and production companies. She’s thrilled to be on the Israel Story team, in the land of fascinating and complex stories.


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Pola Lem

A native New Yorker, Pola has made her home in small-town Alaska, suburban Maryland, and, most recently, Okinawa, Japan. Since graduating journalism school at Columbia University, she has interviewed salmon

A native New Yorker, Pola has made her home in small-town Alaska, suburban Maryland, and, most recently, Okinawa, Japan. Since graduating journalism school at Columbia University, she has interviewed salmon fishermen, astronauts, and U.S. senators – mic in hand. She is thrilled about being in Jerusalem – her most recent window to the world – and hungry to learn more about Israel and its many cultures. Pola likes to pick up unidentified fruits, dig into etymology, and crack bad puns (can you crack a pun?). While here, she aims to eat her weight in olives.


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Joel Shupack

Joel grew up in Central Oregon and has been living in Portland for the last eight years. Eschewing popular fear-mongering, his father taught him to always talk to strangers. After

Joel grew up in Central Oregon and has been living in Portland for the last eight years. Eschewing popular fear-mongering, his father taught him to always talk to strangers. After following the classic “punk rocker to folksinger to bicycle mechanic” path, Joel has found his way to audio storytelling. Over the years he’s been a part of a few local radio and podcast projects, most recently a podcast called SquareMile.


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Yoshi Fields

Yoshi is from Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in ethnography and religion from Hampshire College. In his undergraduate thesis, he wrote about how experiences with mortality affect the lives

Yoshi is from Massachusetts and graduated with a B.A. in ethnography and religion from Hampshire College. In his undergraduate thesis, he wrote about how experiences with mortality affect the lives of hospice workers. While working as a baker, he fell in love with podcasts as a form of storytelling. When he is not working on audio stories, Yoshi can be found camping, sipping smoothies, in silent meditation or strumming the few chords he knows on the guitar.


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