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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

Mishy Harman is a curly-haired Jerusalemite. After his military service he moved abroad and studied history at Harvard and archeology at Cambridge. He is now finishing up his PhD at

Mishy Harman is a curly-haired Jerusalemite. After his military service he moved abroad and studied history at Harvard and archeology at Cambridge. He is now finishing up his PhD at the Hebrew University. He stumbled upon radio almost by chance, founding Israel Story together with his closest childhood friends. Mishy is the host of the show. 


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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 made Aliyah in 2017 after 22 years in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. Following a path that becomes increasingly unclear, Ari dropped out of law school to pursue his studies in

Ari made Aliyah in 2017 after 22 years in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. Following a path that becomes increasingly unclear, Ari dropped out of law school to pursue his studies in Jazz composition, and recently left Jazz behind to immerse himself in the world of yoga and meditation. One thing has, however, remained consistent, and that is his love for storytelling. Ari draws on his varied skills and passions to add shapes and colors to Israel Story stories.


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Yuli Shiloach

Yuli was born and raised in a small suburb of Tel-Aviv. In high school, she majored in film studies and fell in love with storytelling. After her army service in

Yuli was born and raised in a small suburb of Tel-Aviv. In high school, she majored in film studies and fell in love with storytelling. After her army service in the intelligence unit, she moved to Ein Karem, a beautiful village around Jerusalem to study Jewish culture, philosophy and literature in the Secular Yeshiva.

Under the influence of the Post-IDF syndrome, she filled up a backpack and ran off to the Far East. After seven unforgettable months in India, Nepal, Myanmar and China, she returned with lots of memories and hopes.

Today she lives in the noisy bustling downtown of Tel-Aviv and loves every minute of it.

From Tel-Aviv, to Jerusalem, India, China and back – She has always been carried by the stories.


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