Homeland: Ten Stories, One Israel

Homeland: Ten Stories, One Israel

When a bus breaks down off an Israeli highway and leaves its passengers stranded, Emily, American journalism student, decides to put her skills to the test...much to the chagrin of her fellow travelers. As she eventually coaxes each person to share their story, Emily uncovers the rich and complex history that every Israeli holds. Each episode is a deep dive into a new character’s world; from Morocco to Russia, all paths lead to Israel in this narrative style pod.

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July 20, 2022 3 mins
When a bus breaks down off an Israeli highway and leaves its passengers stranded, Emily, American journalism student, decides to put her skills to the test...much to the chagrin of her fellow travelers. As she eventually coaxes each person to share their story, Emily uncovers the rich and complex history that every Israeli holds. Each episode is a deep dive into a new character’s world; from Morocco to Russia, all paths lead to Isr...
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Alain Checroun has a story to tell. His birthplace, Morocco, was once home to nearly 300,000 Jews. But after the creation of the state of Israel, hundreds of thousands of Moroccan Jews made their way to the world’s only Jewish state. Like all immigration stories, Alain’s is a story of resilience. Of challenges. Of triumphs. And ultimately, it’s about the joys of coming home. ~~~~  For more information on Mizrahi Jewry in general an...
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August 9, 2022 38 mins
Galina Abramovich-Azoulay has a story to tell. Specifically, the story of Jewish life in the Soviet Union… and the sometimes-difficult adjustment to a new life in Israel. Along with roughly one million other Jews, Galina’s family joined the Soviet Aliyah, transforming the world’s only Jewish state. ~~~~  To learn more about Soviet Jewry, check out these resources: When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Sovi...
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August 16, 2022 42 mins
Matan Berenbaum-Williams is Black and American by birth. Jewish by heritage. Israeli by choice. And a Zionist in his soul. His is a story of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places… and of building a home in a place where you belong. ~~~~  For more information on the Black Jewish community, check out these resources: Connecting with Black Jewry in Israel  The Unknown History of Black Jews in America ~~~~  This show was ma...
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August 23, 2022 40 mins
As a teenager growing up in Australia, Nachi Gelman didn’t pay much attention to politics. Not even those Oslo Accords that everyone around him seemed to be talking about. But then he met Hadassah Even-Chen. And she pulled him into a life he couldn’t have imagined… ~~~~  To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, check out these resources: Understanding the Oslo Accords The Rabin Assassination: Podcast, Video What ...
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August 30, 2022 46 mins
Shaya Silber is many things. Haredi. An IDF soldier. And tired of being constantly stereotyped. In this episode, he peels back the curtain on the vibrant and complex Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel. ~~~~  For more on the Haredi community, check out these resources: The Torah Dome  Is Studying Torah A National Service? Haredim and Israeli Society ~~~~  This show was made possible by support from the Koum Family Foun...
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September 6, 2022 58 mins
Roey Pinto’s family has been in Jerusalem for generations. They’ve lived under Ottoman rule and British administration and finally under an Israeli government. But self-determination takes sacrifice. This is the story of what one family gave up for a state. ~~~~  For more information on the events of this episode, check out these resources: Sykes-Picot and San Remo (1916 - 1920) The Balfour Declaration (1917) The Hebron Massacre...
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September 13, 2022 52 mins
Amalia Bar-Oz never met her great-grandmother. But she knows that great-grandma Hesya was a fighter. That when the pogroms ripped her life apart, she found a new hope in her ancestral homeland… ~~~~  Resources: On Life in the Shtetl and Pogroms in the Russian Empire: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3 Podcast on Kishinev, Video on Kishinev Video on Shtetl Life On Early/Proto-Zionist Movements: Article 1, Article 2, Article ...
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September 20, 2022 43 mins
Ortal Levy came to Israel from France because of a story. The stories she heard at home. At school. The story of the Jewish people. ~~~~  Resources: Who is Making Aliyah? On Mizrahi Jews On the murder of Sarah Halimi On Tunisian Jews ~~~~  This show was made possible by support from the Koum Family Foundation, the Crain-Maling Foundation, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.
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September 28, 2022 46 mins
Eden has blue hair, an obsession with manga, and a rich family history. She’s the daughter of parents who survived unimaginable hardships to live in the world’s only Jewish state. But once they made it to Israel, things didn’t exactly go as planned… ~~~~  For more on Ethiopian Jews, check out these resources: On Ethiopian Jews in General: Video: The Story of Ethiopian Jewry Fast facts Anu Museum Overview What Is Sigd? Ethiopia...
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October 4, 2022 48 mins
Emily Cohen isn’t shy about approaching strangers. But when it comes to telling her own story, she’s a little more skittish. In the final episode of the season, Emily grapples with what it means to be proudly Jewish and Zionist in the Diaspora. ~~~~  For more background on this episode, check out these resources: Film: Unsafe Spaces 2021 Online Antisemitism Report Card University of Texas and antisemitism “Diaspora,” West Side ...
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November 9, 2022 47 mins
You asked, and we answered. This week, Homeland's writer, Adi Elbaz, and producer, Rivky Stern, do a special "behind the scenes" episode, where they answer some of your questions about Homeland. Some questions include: which character did you relate to the most? Why were there no Palestinian or Israel Arab characters? Do you think immigrants are really integrated into Israeli society? And much more. ~~~~  This show was made possibl...
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November 29, 2022 39 mins
Homeland introduces another podcast from Unpacked: Jewish History Unpacked. Whoever said history was boring clearly never heard these stories Join hosts Yael and Schwab each week as they take a dive into some deep cuts of Jewish history. From the Jewish Da Vinci Code to mass suicide pacts, explore true stories that feel larger than life. This episode tells the story of Josephus Flavius. It's maybe one of the wildest characters in J...
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Homeland introduces another podcast from Unpacked: Unpacking Israeli History. Season 4 just launched, and we're running the first episode here, entitled Ma'alot: 30 Seconds That Devastated A Nation. It was supposed to be a fun field trip. A little celebration in honor of Israel’s 26th birthday. Over a hundred religious high school students, exploring northern Israel and sleeping under the stars. But the three Palestinian terrorist...
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