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JUF Podcasts

Summary: Features, profiles, news, and commentaries about key facets of Jewish life locally, in Israel, and around the world.

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 Israel’s election - The day after | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:44

Ofer Bavly, Director General of JUF’s Israel Office and a keen analyst of Israeli politics, interprets the results of Israel’s January 22, 2013 parliamentary elections, providing early insights into the personalities and processes that will determine the makeup of the next government.

 Paul Wieder Interviews Edon Pinchot | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:48

Edon is the Skokie teen who took the country by storm in 2012 on America’s Got Talent. He wowed the judges and charmed the crowd with his heartfelt piano renditions of today’s hits, reaching the semi-finals… all while proudly wearing his kipah. Edon opened for Aziz Ansari at YLD’s Big Event on the first night of Chanukah in 2012.

 Paul Wieder Interviews Rabbi Michael Siegel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:39

On Nov. 17, Rabbi Michael Siegel was honored for his 30 years of service to Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Rabbi Siegel was ordained in 1982 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his Master of Hebrew Letters. That year, he came to Anshe Emet as Assistant Rabbi, becoming Senior Rabbi in 1990. His current and past posts have included the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Executive Board of Mazon: A Jewish Resource to Hunger, and the Hechsher Tzedek Commission. Siegel helped to form the Hayom Coalition, which is re-envisioning the Conservative Movement, he helped create the Synagogue Initiative of AIPAC, and he has represented the synagogue at the White House.

 2012 JUF IsraFest and the Teen Walk with Israel Celebration | File Type: video/mpeg | Duration: 03:15

Nearly 4,000 Chicagoans gathered at seven locations on Sunday, May 6 to celebrate Israel.

 Paul Wieder Interviews Kinky Friedman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:33

Incorrigible, irascible, and inimitable, Kinky Friedman has been ruffling feathers for decades with his sardonic songs. He also happens to be, among those singing to general audiences, one of the most openly proud of his Judaism. "The Kinkster" will bring his musical insights and innuendoes to SPACE (http://evanstonspace.com/) in Evanston on July 1. [NOTE: As is often the case with this performer, the language and opinions herein are strong.]

 Women’s Empowerment Program in Beit Shemesh, Israel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:53

The Jewish Agency's Women's Empowerment Program in Beit Shemesh, Israel harnesses the strength of women's skill, backgrounds, and interests to help them become entrepreneurs. One such woman is Osnat Moshe, who opens her home for workshops in Kurdish cooking and has learned how to turn her skills and talents into a business by preparing her native food for locals. Osnat is just one of the Israeli women helped by programs in Israel funded through our Jewish United Fund dollars. Recently a contingent of American Jews stopped by her home for a homemade meal. Listen to a podcast of the visit.

 JCRC Uzi Rabi Program | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:15

JCRC Uzi Rabi Program.

 State of Illinois fully divested from Iran | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:31

State of Illinois fully divested from Iran, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announces at JCRC.

 The Jetsons got it wrong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:16

Contemplating globalization in the Nargohale Widlife Refuge in Karnataka, India.

 Dissolving anonymity in India | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:49

Aaron Cohen reports from Bangalore.

 Assessing Israel's security situation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:12

Shaul Mofaz, Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, and former IDF Chief of Staff and Minister of Defence, considers the implications of a nuclear Iran and the Arab spring.

 Israel: Have We Lost That Loving Feeling? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:49

Are young Jews feeling ambivalent toward or alienated from Israel? How real is the issue? Peter Beinart, Julie Bernstein, Ami Eden, and Wayne Firestone discuss what can be done about it.

 Tales from the Jewish World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:30

A conversation with Gil Shefler, Jewish World Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post

 Paul Wieder interviews Yoshie Fruchter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:30

Yoshie Fruchter’s band Pitom blends jazz and metal (among other things) for the prestigious Tzadik label, founded by John Zorn. Pitom has a new single out for the High Holiday season called “Ki Anu Amechah.” Yoshie also records with other Jewish bands like Soulfarm, as well as an Afro-jazz ensemble called Asefa.

 Amb. Sallai Meridor discusses the future of Jerusalem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:42

Sallai Meridor, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Foundation and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., talks about the economic, cultural, and demographic challenges facing Israel’s capitol and how the Jerusalem Foundation is working to overcome them.


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