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Is anti-Zionism the same thing as antisemitism? Are we loud enough or too silent? Is the younger generation apathetic or engaged? What does Zionism mean? Are you a Zionist?
Find the answers in our series: Conversations on Zionism: Reclaiming the Narrative, a year-long program that asks the question “What is Zionism?” and starts to answer it through fascinating interviews and panel discussions, from a diverse group of speakers on all the wondrous, beautiful, and yes, difficult aspects of Zionism.
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Zionism Studios Episodes:
Stand Up and Fight Back - Conversations on Zionism Episode 26
Aired: August 2, 2022 - As the son of Soviet Refuseniks, Alex Ryvchin learned that a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth and felt he had no choice but to stand up and fight back - which is the advice he offers to all. In his latest book, “Zionism: The Concise History,” he speaks about the true beauty of the Zionism movement, how inconsequential moments were woven together to corrupt that beauty, and how it’s time for all to stand up and fight back!
What Would Herzl Do? - Conversations on Zionism Episode 25
Aired: July 19, 2022 - As the collector of more than 5,000 pieces of Theodor Herzl memorabilia, David Matlow’s stories about the man who helped found the Jewish State will fascinate all. From Herzl’s 50-year prophecy about the founding of the State of Israel to the letters and books he wrote, and everything in between, there’s much to learn. You need not be a history buff to be riveted.
Zionism: The First Women's Movement - Conversations on Zionism Episode 24
Aired: July 5, 2022 - From Gibraltar to Jerusalem, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem has a thing or two to say about what it means to be a woman in power, the Bedouin, Jewish, Druze and Arab women she’s working with in Israel, and the strong Emirati women she’s meeting through the UAE-Israel Business Council she founded. Tune in to hear all this and more.
The Entertainment World’s Tricky Relationship with Israel - Conversations on Zionism Episode 23
Aired: June 21, 2022 - What does Hollywood really think about Israel? Why does the BDS movement really try to keep celebrities away from visiting? What should each and every one of us do about it? Tune in to find out.
Savoring Zionism: The Shakshuka Allure - Conversations on Zionism Episode 22
Aired: June 7, 2022 - Whether in Israel or the U.S, Israeli cuisine is making headlines across the culinary world. Join chefs Gail Simmons, Michael Solomonov, Adena Sussman, and Lior Lev Sercarz as they discuss using the table to bring people together and the importance of Israel as a land of culinary co-existence.
The Next Gen: Bursting with Pride - Conversations on Zionism Episode 21
Aired: May 24, 2022 - Forget what you read in the headlines. The Jewish future is bright if these two girls are any indication. Empowered and confident, hear what they have to say about Israel, pride in their heritage, and plans for college and beyond.
A Campus Perspective on Israel from Unexpected Sources - Conversations on Zionism Episode 20
Aired: May 10, 2022 - Every day we hear of anti-Israel activity on campuses across the country. But is it really that pervasive? What happens when faculty and students who aren't necessarily Jewish visit Israel and see for themselves what the country and its people are really all about.
Preparing for the Ukrainian Aliyah - Conversations on Zionism Episode 19
Aired: April 26, 2022 - What does it take to absorb the thousands – and expected hundreds of thousands – of Ukrainians and Russians who will be looking to relocate to Israel? Hear from the founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, about the preparations, planning, challenges, opportunities, and excitement surrounding this new wave of Aliyah. This is truly the Zionist story unfolding right before our eyes.
Does The Media Have It In For The Jewish Homeland? - Conversations on Zionism Episode 18
Aired: April 12, 2022 - This episode of “Conversations on Zionism” features global media thought leaders from Sweden, the UK, U.S. and Israel. Our guests include Dovid Efune, Melanie Phillips, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein and Gil Hoffman delving into the question: Is there still hope for Israel in the mainstream media?
Does Israel Have Friends at the Pulpit? - Conversations on Zionism Episode 17
Aired: March 29, 2022 - Tune in as Russell F. Robinson and Rabbi David Wolpe, one of the most influential rabbis in the world, discuss the rabbinate’s views on Israel and the challenges and opportunities pulpit rabbis face as they lead their congregations.
Ben & Jerry's Meldown - Conversations on Zionism Episode 16
Aired: March 15, 2022 - The founders of Ben and Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, set off a firestorm after they announced the company would no longer allow its ice cream to be sold in parts of Israel. Tune in for an in depth look at the surprising legal, financial, and political response to their boycott of Israel, how Unilever is handling it, and other aspects of BDS you need to be aware of.
The Shaping of a New Middle East - Conversations on Zionism Episode 15
Aired: March 1, 2022 - The Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain opened the door to a new era of cooperation and friendship. What are the roots? What are the pathways? What does the future hold? Join Russell F. Robinson in conversation with Omar Al Busaidy, CEO of Sharaka, U.S., and hear about this tremendous potential and how it’s unfolding.
Amnesty International: Bigoted, Uniformed, and Just Plain Wrong - Conversations on Zionism Episode 14
Aired: February 15, 2022 - Israel, once again, is being labeled an apartheid state. Is it true or a blood libel? Join Russell F. Robinson, CEO of Jewish National Fund-USA, in his conversation with Olga Meshoe Washington for a unique narrative on South African and African relations with Israel, as well as the Christian mandate to stand with Israel. Hear directly from someone whose family lived under apartheid and knows what it really means.
Digital Media Warriors - Conversations on Zionism Episode 13
Aired: February 1, 2022 - The digital world can be a tough place to feel comfortable, but it can be even harder on Jews and other communities. Hear how these dynamic panelists empower Jews of all backgrounds, expose the world to the miraculous story of Israel, and initiate dialogue between different communities through social media.
Exploring Campus Conspiracies - Conversations on Zionism Episode 12
Aired: January 18, 2022 - Join Russell F. Robinson, CEO of Jewish National Fund-USA, in his conversation with Scott Shay as they discuss Scott’s new book, Conspiracy U, in which he presents a case study of his alma mater, Northwestern University, to challenge the proliferation of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories championed on college campuses by both the far Right and far Left.
Stalin: You Lost - Conversations on Zionism Episode 11
Aired: January 4, 2022 - In the early 1970’s, Jews who applied to leave the Soviet Union for Israel were often refused permission to emigrate. Jewish activists who were denied exit permits had a great impact on the broader Jewish national movement in the USSR and around the world. Join a diverse group of panelists and hear how their experiences as Russian Jews shapes their understanding of Zionism and how their activism is shaping current and future generations.
Zionism: It Runs in the Family - Conversations on Zionism Episode 10
Aired: December 21, 2021 - Zionism can be a hot topic of discussion around the dinner table. For the Washington family, Zionism is often the main dish. Join us as we discover the recipe for hosting Zionism at the table, integrating its values into your everyday life, and the secret sauce needed to make sure it passes on to the next generation.
The Importance of Jewish Pride - Conversations on Zionism Episode 9
Aired: December 7, 2021 - Join Russell F. Robinson, CEO of Jewish National Fund-USA, in his conversation with Ben M. Freeman as they discuss the importance of empowering the Jewish people to define our own identities as proud Jews through shared Jewish experience, Jewish history, and Jewish values, and Ben’s book Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People.
Yes, You Can Be A Progressive Zionist! - Conversations on Zionism Episode 8
Aired: November 16, 2021 - Zionists come from all different backgrounds, demographics and upbringings. Join us to hear from Rabbi Menachem Creditor, State Representative Alma Hernandez, and U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres with moderator, Tremayne Smith, as they discuss how Zionism is the very essence of progressivism, what they’re bothered by, and what they’re fighting for.
Activism in My Father's Footsteps - Conversations on Zionism Episode 7
Aired: November 2, 2021 - Join Russell F. Robinson, CEO of Jewish National Fund-USA, in his conversation with Elisha Wiesel, son of Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and former Wall Street executive, as they discuss his father’s legacy, what he sees as his role for the future, and his hopes and dreams for the Jewish world.
Young Jews Talking Justice Part 2 - Conversations on Zionism Episode 6
Aired: October 19, 2021 - Step aside Herzl, the next generation of Zionists are unapologetically loud and proud of their Zionism and come from many different backgrounds. Join us for Part 2 of the sensational conversation with these spirited upcoming leaders in the Zionist movement.
Virág Gulyás with Russell F. Robinson - Conversations on Zionism Episode 5
Aired: October 5, 2021 - Join JNF-USA’s CEO Russell F. Robinson as he speaks with Virag Gulyas, a Hungarian- born former diplomat to the EU who rose above her anti-Semitic roots and now serves as the NYC coordinator for End Jew Hatred.
Young Jews Talking Justice Part 1 - Conversations on Zionism Episode 4
Aired: September 14, 2021 - Step aside Herzl, the next generation of Zionists are unapologetically loud and proud of their Zionism and come from many different backgrounds. Join us for Part 1 of the sensational conversation with these spirited upcoming leaders in the Zionist movement.
Arsen Ostrovsky with Russell F. Robinson - Conversations on Zionism Episode 3
Aired: August 24, 2021 - Join guest speaker and Chair & CEO of The International Legal Forum, Arsen Ostrovsky, and Russell F. Robinson for a candid conversation about countering the antisemitism encountered at the Durban Conference.
Israel: A Light Unto the World - Conversations on Zionism Episode 2
Aired: August 10, 2021 - Moderated by former Israeli Ambassador to Kenya, Shahar Azani, hear from the heads and CEOs of four internationally acclaimed Israeli NGO’s whose work on the ground and around the globe brings hope, health, and Israeli innovation to Third World countries in good times and times of crisis.
Gil Troy with Russell F. Robinson - Conversations on Zionism Episode 1
Aired: July 27, 2021 - Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian, leading Zionist activist, and best-selling author. His work in reclaiming the narrative is decades-long and as the author of America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism, and The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow, and most recently, Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People, co-authored with human rights activist Natan Sharansky, he shows no signs of stopping.