EPISODE 12: A We World for an Imaginist: Conversations with Apo Sahagian

Lauren Taus
Meet Jerusalemite-Armenian musician and writer, Apo Sahagian of Apo and the Apostles. Apo lives in the Armenian quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and he's an most unassuming hipster making waves in the music scene.

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EPISODE 11: In the Wake of Terrorism: Conversations with Rami Elhanan of the Parents Circle

Lauren Taus

What would you do if one of your family members was killed in a terrorist attack? How would you manage your rage and your grief? What would you do? 

Graphic designer Rami Elhanan was born in Israel to a 7th generation Jerusalemite and a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. Rami’s personal life changed forever in the Yom Kippur war of 1973 after witness terrible carnage, and again in 1979 when his 14 year old daughter was killed along with 5 others in a Palestinian suicide attack on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. Rami and his family have since become activists, researchers, and important voices in the struggle for peace in the Holy Land. Rami is the co-director of the Parents Circle with his Palestinian counterpart, Mazen Faraj. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  1. Why the conflict in Israel/Palestine is a problem of brainwashing and the way in which the victim mentality victimizes the people that live there
  2. Why the onus of the responsibility is in the hands of the Israeli
  3. Why respect must be the foundation for the future and why focusing on a solution doesn’t matter so much


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    EPISODE 10: God is Polyamorous: Conversations about Jerusalem

    Lauren Taus

    In this conversation, Sarah speaks about the magic of Jerusalem, raising children here, the importance of crossing certain boundaries, and developing close relationships with people in different communities. The podcast chat is peppered with whiskey, tacos, kittens and polyamory. Listen up!

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    EPISODE 9: Spinning A Cultural Revolution with DJ Ramzy in Jerusalem

    Lauren Taus
    Do you want to party for a purpose? DJ Ramzy, self identified as an Arab, Israeli Jew, crosses cultural boundaries by spinning Arabic music to mixed audiences in Jerusalem. Quoted in the New York Times for saying, “Dialogue isn’t fun.” He found a way to make peace in the Middle East through music and nightlife. 

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    EPISODE 8: Billion Dollar Dreams for a Model State in Palestine: Conversations with Bashar Masri

    Lauren Taus
    Meet Nablus born, self-made billionaire Bashar Masri and his brainchild Rawabi, a public city that is uniquely initiated, designed, financed and constructed by the private sector. Rawabi, a strategic partnership between Massar International and the State of Qatar, is built on a series of breathtaking hilltops north of Jerusalem and Ramallah. The city overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the landscape of Palestine to the north and east. An innovative approach to urban development, Rawabi integrates the best practices in planning, sustainability and resource conservation with a bustling metropolitan core.

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    EPISODE 7: Win Win: A Radical Vision for Peace in the Middle East with Yehuda HaKohen

    Lauren Taus
    Can you imagine a story that’s big enough to encompass seemingly rival narratives? Can you imagine a peace in the Holy Land that doesn’t require anyone to compromise?

     

    Meet activist and critic, Yehuda HaKohen. He is an outspoken opponent of the two-state solution, Israel’s West Bank barrier, and Jewish cooperation with America’s Christian right. Yehuda lives in an “outpost” in the West Bank, but doesn’t identify as a settler. He’s indigenous, and he’s looking to reach the radicals on the front lines of the conflict. As one of them, he believes that the extremists are the only individuals who will be able to make a lasting peace in the land - not "Westernized officials signing American papers."

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    EPISODE 6: Breaking the Silence: What's really going on in the West Bank?

    Lauren Taus
    Meet Achiya Schatz. Achiya works in the Communications Department of the Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence. Established in 2004 by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, this organization gives serving and discharged Israeli personnel and reservists a means to confidentially recount their experiences in the Occupied Territories, the West Bank. 
     
    Achiya was once a soldier in the elite counter terrorist unit, Duvdevan. The word Duvdevan means cherry in Hebrew, and ex-soldiers from this unit wrote the Netflix sensation Fauda. Achiya is now dedicated to changing Israeli policies around "security" that informed mandated action during his time in uniform. 
     
    This was a hard conversation for me to have and it remains a challenging one  to hear. Tune in to learn about psychological warfare and a terrible truth armed with guns. 

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    EPISODE 5: 2 Jews and 5 Arguments: Why Diversity is the DNA of Jerusalem with Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum

    Lauren Taus

    Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum stands on the shoulders of political and public service giants. Her father, Joshua Hassan, served four consecutive terms and a total of twenty years as the prime minister of Gibraltar. There, he pioneered the territory’s institutions of self-government, which emphasized civil rights and the repatriation of the Jewish diaspora community.

    In this conversation, Fleur speaks to the influence of her family on her work and her specific goals for her time in office. She is working for an expansion of economic prosperity through job creation, an improvement in the educational system and an overall upgrade on the way that the rest of the world views the capital city of Israel.

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

    1. Why Jerusalem MUST remain diverse
    2. The importance of economic prosperity and job creation
    3. What it means to be an orthodox feminist
    4. Why we need to reimagine Zionism
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    EPISODE 4: Boundaries in Bed: Sexual Shamanism with Tantra Teacher Shachar Caspi

    Lauren Taus

    If you haven’t yet found your no, you don’t yet have your YES.

    Do you want to unlock the power, magic and secrets that dwell in your sexuality? Tantra teacher Shachar Caspi shares his own personal journey from Israeli sniper to sexual shaman and a few of the meaningful stops along his way. Shachar believes in the explosive power of sexual healing and supports each individual in his or her most authentic expression of love. 

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

    1. The surprising problem with pornography
    2. The promise and possibility of sexual healing
    3. Why the body matters
    4. The connection between the body and the land 

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    EPISODE 3: What Jesus Really Meant with Sami Awad

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    Sami Awad is a Palestinian from a Christian evangelical background with roots in the Holy Land land for over 800 years. He's also 80% Jewish, according to a DNA test. In this conversation, Sami speaks about his healing journey and the Holy Land Trust, an organization that he started in 1998 to address the traumatic histories of the people living in Israel/Palestine. Sami is dedicated to strengthening communities and creating safe spaces.

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

    1. The West Bank is much safer than you think.
    2. Identities in isREAL are far more complex than you realize
    3. Being a peace maker isn't so peaceful, and the risks are incredibly high
    4. Intergenerational trauma is (mis)informing the present and stepping into new future possibilities requires personal responsibility and individual healing

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