Welcome to IsraelCast, Jewish National Fund's premier podcast where we’ll be sharing with you stories of interesting people doing fascinating work all over Israel. New episodes will be released every other Wednesday. You can listen right here but make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing to us on iTunes or Google play – simply search for IsraelCast. And while you’re at it, rate and review us so that it makes it easier for more people to find us. Happy listening!





Episode 24 - TThis week on IsraelCast, we speak with IDF Major General Res. Doron Almog, a decorated veteran who received the Israel Prize in 2016, and founded Aleh Negev, a state-of-the-art rehabilitative village in the Negev, home for children and adults with severe special needs. While in the IDF, Major General Almog led an operational task force against the terrorists who murdered the Israeli sports team during the Munich Olympics. He also commanded the first force to land in Entebbe during the 1976 rescue operation and played a key role in the clandestine mission that rescued around 6,000 Jewish Ethiopians from refugee camps in the Sudan. He shares about the groundbreaking work of Aleh Negev and about his remarkable career. This episode is in coordination with Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, which we honor every February.



Episode 23 - This week on IsraelCast, we were joined with the CEO of the Sterling Group International, Howard Sterling! Howard’s a Harvard educated lawyer, and a pioneer in taking Israeli healthcare companies public on the NASDAQ, beginning in 1981. He’s guided over 160 IPOS to date, including 24 Israeli companies, and has done extensive private placements and foreign strategic partnerships. Howard shares why Israel is so unique when it comes to tech and advanced medical care.



Episode 22 - This week on IsraelCast, we meet with Laura Ben- David. Inspired by her Aliyah experience, Laura began writing and never stopped! She’s the author of the book “Moving Up: An Aliyah Journal,” a memoir of her move to Israel. She’s spoken extensively about Israel and Aliyah. Formerly the head of social media at Nefesh B’Nefesh, Laura, who’s an accomplished and exhibited photographer, recently started her own business LBD Creative. She shares her Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah experience, her work with the Bnai Menashe community, and about photographing Israel.



Episode 21 - On this week’s episode of IsraelCast, we welcome Ambassador Ido Aharoni, a global distinguished professor at NYU school of International Relations. He’s known as the founder of the Brand Israel program, a marketing paradigm that is focusing on Israel’s assets and broadening public understanding of the country’s global contributions. He was career public servant in Israel’s foreign ministry, and served as the longest serving Consul General of Israel in NY, among many other positions and accomplishments throughout his career.



Episode 20 - On this week’s episode of IsraelCast, we were joined in the studio with Steve Rhodes, Chairman and CEO of the Trendlines Group. This Galilee-based company invents, discovers, invests in and incubates innovation based medical and agricultural technologies. Steve shares the cutting edge technologies his team is developing, what makes Israel a tech leader, and why the Galilee is such a dynamic place to work and live in.



Episode 19 - On this week’s episode of IsraelCast, we welcome Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the president of Shurat HaDin, a Tel- Aviv-based law center that represents the families of hundreds of terrorist attack victims in lawsuits world-wide.  Nitsana was recognized by Forbes Israel as one of the 50 most-influential Israeli women of 2016, and by the Jerusalem Post as one of the most influential Jews. Together with special operations and counter terrorism experts, Nitsana recently co-authored Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters with Shmuel Katz.  



Episode 18 - This week’s episode of IsraelCast is a special one, recorded live this month at our 2017 National Conference in South Florida! Steven speaks in front of a live audience with the multi-faceted Titi Aynaw – a top Israeli model, television personality, Israel advocate and community leader. She became the first Israeli Ethiopian to win the Miss Israel title back in 2013. Just last year, she placed second in the Israeli version of the T.V. show Survivor, which took place in Honduras. She recently founded and helps fund the Titi project, which provides extracurricular activities and enrichment to 66 Ethiopian children in Netanya, and she hopes to expand the project and give other kids opportunities that she lacked growing up. Here, she talks about her journey through life and what is yet to come.



Episode 17 - This week on IsraelCast, we spoke to the woman known affectionately as “the Queen of Kosher”- the effervescent Jamie Geller. Geller is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network International, publisher of, and the award-winning ‘Jamie Geller’s Joy of Kosher Magazine’. She’s the author of four cookbooks, including the wildly popular ‘Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing.” Chances are you’ve seen her on television shows, newspapers and magazines all over the world. Before she found her way around the kitchen, Jamie graduated Magna Cum Laude - Phi Beta Kappa from NYU in just three years,. She then enjoyed an illustrious career as an award winning TV producer and marketing executive. Jamie and her husband have six kids and now reside in Jerusalem.



Episode 16 - This week on IsraelCast, we have a 2-for-1, the wife and husband team of Ravit Greenberg and Gabe Axler, both originally from the US. They made Aliyah to Israel in 2010 and have been living extraordinary lives in the Negev. Ravit is the development liaison in the Tamar Center, and organization that works to bridge socioeconomic gaps between Bedouins and Jews in the Negev through education. Gabe is the director of social tourism for Eretz Ir. They speak about the opportunities for social impact in the Negev.



Episode 15 - This week on IsraelCast, we met with Chloe Valdary. Chloe is the Director of Partnerships and Shillman Fellow at Jerusalem U, a non-profit organization dedicated to film-based Jewish and Israel education. She’s been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and more. In our conversation, Chloe shares her thoughts on Israel engagement, what’s working and what isn’t, her concept of the theory of enchantment, and her thoughts on intersectionality.



Episode 14 - This week on IsraelCast, we are joined in the studio with Jon Rathauser, founder and CEO of Keheala, a mobile health company that’s improving healthcare access and treatment outcomes for patients in the developing world. In our conversation, Jon shares background on the company, his passion for playing and sharing Lacrosse in Israel and Kenya, and his take on what makes Israel so unique.



Episode 13 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven is joined on the line by Alex Ryvchin from his home in Sydney, Australia. A lawyer by trade, Alex was born in Kiev in the former Soviet Union. As refusniks, he moved to Australia with his family in 1987. Alex is now the Director of Public Affairs for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. He’s also a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps. His writings on the Arab-Israeli conflict and foreign affairs are featured in leading publications. Alex is the Editor of the recently released book: The Anti-Israel Agenda: Inside the Political War on the Jewish State published by Green Publishing House. In the conversation, Alex highlights how institutions of great influence -- including the United Nations, the campus, and the media -- are being turned against Israel to isolate and cripple the Jewish state.




Episode 12 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven talks to Paul Nirens, founder of Galileat, which offers culinary adventures in Israel's Western Galilee, including cooking classes and cooking tours.  Paul shares what makes the Galilee such a unique destination, his love for the region, food, and bringing people together.




Episode 11 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven is joined in the studio with Tremayne Smith, a native of Salisbury, North Carolina. Tremayne serves as the special assistant to U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina. He's the Chief Deputy Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just this past winter, 2016-2017, while pursuing his Masters of Political Management at the George Washington University, Tremayne was selected by Caravan for Democracy to participate in one of its missions to Israel. The trip had a life changing impact on Tremayne, who shares that story with us today.



Episode 10 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven speaks with Moe Mernick on his recent visit to NYC. Moe runs business development for Hometalk, the world's largest DIY community, with offices in Jerusalem and New York. He has spearheaded social partnerships that drove over 150 million visits to the site! He previously worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte and was the regional director for the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. Moe holds an international MBA and Rabbinical ordination. He recently published his first book, "The Gift of Stuttering." Moe lives in Israel with his wife and children, and he frequently travels the globe giving motivational speeches.




Episode 9 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven was joined in the studio by Jacob Baime, executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, which unites and empowers pro-Israel campus organizations, providing strategic coordination and expertise to strengthen support for Israel.  Jacob shares, among other things, the current state of pro-and-anti- Israel activism on college campuses, ICC's mission, and the work of its coalition partners.




Episode 8 - This week on IsraelCast, we sat down with Tel-Aviv based Arsen Ostrovsky while he was travelling in NYC. Arsen wears many hats, he's a leading international lawyer, diplomat, writer and pro-Israel activist. He's also executive director of the Israeli- Jewish Congress, a leading Israeli-based NGO supporting the state of Israel in Europe, and working with Jewish communities around the continent to strength their bond with Israel. Arsen is co-chair of the Zionist education and international affairs committee for JNFuture Israel. Needless to say, he is very active on social media. In fact in March 2016, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency named Arsen Ostrovsky one of their 25 most influential Jewish people on Twitter.




Episode 7 - This week on IsraelCast, Steven is joined via Skype with Kenneth Chepkwony, an enterprising Kenyan student studying at AICAT, the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training. He relays his experiences there and the lessons he's taking back to his home country. Kenneth also talks his love for the Arava Desert, what it's like biking in Israel and even how to make a cow happy!




Episode 6 - This week on IsraelCast, host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Alon Ben-Gurion, grandson of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben- Gurion, to talk about his grandfather's life and work. We cover his remarkable journey from a being a boy in Plonsk, Poland to being named one of Time Magazine's 100 most important people of the 20th century. Ben Gurion talks about his grandfather’s love for his country, his vision for its future,  and we even get a behind the scenes at look at the NY Waldorf Astoria where the leader held secret meetings with leaders like JFK and Konrad Adenauer.




Episode 5 - This week on IsraelCast, we meet Hadas Goldman, an actress, social activist and the Co-Founder and Current CEO of the "Tarbut Movement", an Israeli organization that brings artists from different disciplines to live and work in low-income cities throughout Israel.




Episode 4 - This week on IsraelCast, a conversation with Lior Lev Sercarz. Born and raised in the Galilee, Lior is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City. Lior’s the one top chefs throughout the United States go to when they need spice blends. Lior shares his plans for a Culinary Institute in the Galilee, and talks about Israel as a food lover’s paradise.



Episode 3 - This week on IsraelCast, we meet Yedidya Harush, who currently serves as the community representative for Israeli residents living on the border in the Halutza region, established after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Yedidya fills us in on the exciting developments taking place in his community and why he's particularly excited about the Negev region.




Episode 2 - This week on IsraelCast, we speak with Russell Robinson, the CEO of Jewish National Fund. In our conversation, Russell shares his thoughts on Israel's relevance in the world today, the drive and spirit of its people, as well as Jewish National Fund's Blueprint Negev and Go North Initiative.




Episode 1 - Welcome to IsraelCast, Jewish National Fund's premier podcast where we'll be sharing with you stories of interesting people doing fascinating work all over Israel. New episodes will be released every other Wednesday. Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing to us on iTunes, Stitcher or Google play - simply search for IsraelCast. And while you're at it, rate and review us so that it makes it easier for more people to find us. Happy listening!

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