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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:
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 wife Federica and their two dogs, Nomi and Golda.


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.


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.


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.


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”. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


Harry Sultan

Harry grew up in New York City where he lived, bombarded with sounds morning, noon, and night. During an internship that had him driving 45 minutes out of the city

Harry grew up in New York City where he lived, bombarded with sounds morning, noon, and night. During an internship that had him driving 45 minutes out of the city each day, he began listening to podcasts to distract him from his New Yorker-level road rage; it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the stories.

After graduating Skidmore College with a degree in Psychology, he decided to turn his love of listening to podcasts into a career in creating them and went on to study Radio Storytelling at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine.

When he’s not working on or listening to a podcast, you can find him making tasty cocktails and trying to win Fortnite in his new home in Jerusalem.


Yair Farkas

Yair grew up in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago and has spent his whole life surrounded by music. Halfway through an undergrad degree at Binghamton University, he dropped his

Yair grew up in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago and has spent his whole life surrounded by music. Halfway through an undergrad degree at Binghamton University, he dropped his Anthropology studies to focus entirely on earning his B.A. in music. Those studies inspired him to learn more; not just about the sounds of music but about the people who make it, the connections it creates, and the stories it tells. From there, a love for radio bloomed.


Rebecca Carrol

Originally from Las Vegas, Rebecca graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a B.A.  in Evolutionary Anthropology. When she’s not in Jerusalem interning for Israel Story, she’s rapping under her

Originally from Las Vegas, Rebecca graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a B.A.  in Evolutionary Anthropology. When she’s not in Jerusalem interning for Israel Story, she’s rapping under her stage name Malka Red and penning an original rap musical, a sci-fi audio series, and a fictional bible from the future. When she needs a break from all that, you can find her in a yoga studio or out hiking in the wild.


Kayla Levy

Born and raised in a family of tote-bag-carrying public-radio supporters, Kayla Levy fostered a belief in the power of audio storytelling from a young age. She is currently a senior

Born and raised in a family of tote-bag-carrying public-radio supporters, Kayla Levy fostered a belief in the power of audio storytelling from a young age. She is currently a senior at Barnard College studying urban studies and sociology, with a particular focus on stories of Jewish communities around the world—from Cape Town to Washington Heights, NYC. Over the years, Kayla has produced oral histories of people affected by the criminal justice system, covered an Ivy League sports team, and written for an Israeli entertainment and culture magazine. As a stateside member of the Israel Story team, she is excited to pursue Israeli stories in the other promised land: New York City.


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