Much Ado About Diaspora

Ep. 285: Join us for a special episode about Israeli-American Jewish relations

August 12, 2021

While Stephanie is off hanging with baby Edith, Mark and Liel are taking a serious look at the relationship between Israeli Jews and the American diaspora. Massachusetts-born-and-raised Mark digs deep into Liel’s perspectives about the United States while growing up in Israel, and how they have changed now that he’s been in America for over 20 years.

Are the American and Israeli Jewish communities heading for a “divorce” like so many have predicted, or can we bring the communities closer together, and how. Can sports help?

Liel speaks with Zvika Klein, an American-born Israeli journalist covering American Jewry on how he sees this very special relationship.

Liel also speaks with Guri Alfi, Israel’s top stand-up comic who just starred in a reality show called The New Jew, all about American Jews, the first ever of its kind.

Finally, we hear from Yoni Rosenblatt, a doctor for Israel’s baseball team on their recent Olympic journey, and what it means for the Americans on the team to represent the Jewish state.

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