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Audio: What do American Jewish 8th Graders Think of Israel?

A young, dynamic Jewish educator describes his inspiring trip to Israel with his group of middle school age students.
5/22/2014, 8:34 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Part 1:

Coverage of the 3-week Gross Schechter Day School trip to Israel. Tune in for an interview with Jewish educator and trip leader Daniel R. Weiss  on the similarities and differences from life in Israel to live in the American Jewish community. Daniel describes the enthusiasm of the students toward Israeli Independence Day and other aspects of the trip. 

Plus, fellow Schechter staff member Joel Faulkner describes his feelings regarding his first trip to Israel and sharing it with a group of 13 to 14-year-olds. Natalie, part of the Israeli staff, explains how she as an Israeli feels touring American Jewish youth throughout the country. 

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Part 2:

A replay of the Israel Beat coverage of the new documentary Make Me A Match. The film follows Jewish singles in their search for true love in Israel, including issues of dating, marriage, cancelled engagements, and their trips to the matchmaker (shadchan). The film debuted this month at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. Israel Beat takes you there for an interview with the director Wendla Nölle, who also discusses her previous film, the award-winning documentary on Jewish musicians entitled The Chosen Ones. 

Daniella Tourgeman, the artistic director of the festival talks about the history of the Cinematheque and the diversity of Israeli movies. Jerusalem based comedian and owner of the Off the Wall Comedy Basement and concert venue talks about how it felt to have his romantic life portrayed on film and gives advice to other singles. Also, excerpts from the panel discussion which followed the screening which featured Israel-based "marriage architect" Daniella Rudoff, one of the matchmakers who explains dating from her point of view, and a follow-up from the subjects on who got married and who stayed single. Plus, local movie-goers weigh in give their feelings about the film. Tune in for a funny and poignant discussion.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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