Episode 39 – The yeshiva kid who made it big … in China

Dr. Shmulik Hess is the CEO of Valin Technologies and he joins 2NJB to talk about his amazing life story and his inspiring career.

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Episode 37 – Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman and the discovery that changed his life

Progress entails change. However, the establishment generally rejects change. This is the challenge that pioneers face in all fields and this was the challenge that Professor Dan Shechtman faced upon his discovery of quasiperiodic crystals, or quasicrystals. Ultimately, this discovery would lead Dr. Shechtman to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011 but not before a long and often arduous journey.

Professor Dan Shechtman was kind enough to invite 2NJB to his home to talk about his life, his career and of course, the Nobel Prize.

Episode 36: Mai Shbeta, the Jewish-Israeli-Muslim-Palestinian peace activist

She’s a sort of “peace incarnate.” A representation of what comes of abandoning hate and sectarianism for love and unity. Mai Shbeta is the daughter of a Jewish mother and Muslim father. According to Jewish religious law, she’s a Jew. According to Islam, she’s a Muslim. However, often the members of both faiths choose to see her as an outside – they see the differences rather than the similarities.

This reality has driven Mai Shbeta to spend her time working diligently towards peace. She’s presented at the World Economic forum in Davos in 2011 and, recently completing a law degree at the Bar Ilan University, she has her eyes set on the advancement of Human Rights. Mai joins 2NJB today to talk about her life and career.

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Fauda is currently streaming on Netflix. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Podcast – FAUDA: the Israeli Netflix TV hit with co-creator Avi Issacharoff

From HBO’s In Treatment to Showtime’s Homeland, Israel has become a prominent exporter of quality content for the American television industry. As an emerging studio, Netflix wasn’t about to miss out. They set their eyes on Fauda.

Fauda is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed Israeli TV shows in recent years. It tells the story of Doron, a member of a covert anti-terror unit in the Israeli military, whose world is split in two, between his undercover identity and his life back home.

Three months ago, Netflix acquired Fauda for global distribution. Avi Issacharoff, Fauda’s co-creator and an analyst of Middle Eastern affairs for Walla News and The Times of Israel, joins 2NJB to tall about the show and its worldwide success.

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Episode 25 – Scoops of hummus to news scoops with Shen Liberman

Shen Liberman is the head of the Culture Desk at Channel 10 News. She started her career as a radio anchor for Galatz, Israel’s military radio (it’s a thing). From there, she continued on to 7 years of exile in the barren wastelands of New York and Los Angeles. Between serving hummus dishes as a waitress, staying in the most luxurious hotels and interviewing celebrities, Shen built an impressive career as a journalist. This week Shen joins Two Nice Jewish Boys to share her tales of the media world here in Israel and abroad.

Episode 23 – MK Sharren Haskel: A new generation in the Likud Party

tnjb-logo-2-0MK Sharren Haskel joined the parliament not too long ago, in late 2015. Nevertheless, she’s managed to do quite a bit in the last year and a half. Haskel, the youngest MK of the Likud party, is the flag-bearer for the cannabis bill which was long opposed, and recently endorsed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

In addition to being an active member on several Knesset committees, Haskel works diligently on issues such as public diplomacy, the environment, health care, and animal rights. Returning from the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Haskel sat with Two Nice Jewish Boys to talk about her life and service as a Knesset Member.

Episode 22 – Uri Geller: Spoon bender and spy

tnjb-logo-2-0In August 1973, the CIA conducted a study at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California. That study documented the unique abilities of a young man named Uri Geller. After 7 days of tests, the study concluded “that he [Geller] has demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous way.” To paraphrase Uri’s own son: whichever way you look at this, there’s a fascinating story here!

Uri also conducts an ESP experiment for you guys this episode! Listen, follow his instructions and share your drawings in the comments. We’ll upload his drawing soon!

Episode 21 – 2001: A Lebanese odyssey with Jonathan Elkhoury

tnjb-logo-2-0Jonathan Elkhoury was only 9 years old when he fled Lebanon with his mother and brother in 2001. The family reunited with Jonathan’s father, an ex-officer of the SLA (South Lebanon Army) who had sought refuge in Israel the year before.

Today Elkhoury is a proud Zionist and the spokesman for the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum. 2NJB sat with Jonathan to talk about his amazing life story. Today we also feature the amazing song Dissipating Dream by Telalit!


Episode 20 – Putting Holocaust denial on trial with Prof. Deborah Lipstadt

tnjb-logo-2-0Professor Deborah Lipstadt’s amazing story has been recently adapted into the beautiful Hollywood movie “Denial” starring Rachel Weisz. She sat with 2NJB as we spoke about Holocaust Deniers, her career and the life-turning event that unfolded as she was sued by Holocaust Denier David Erving.

Podcast: David Wolpe, author, senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles

Jared Sichel stops by the Venice studios of music producer Andrew Feltenstein to learn about the process of producing music for films, TV shows, and trailers. And Andrew talks about the role of Judaism in his life, and shares his experience in the music industry.

Tribal – Episode 1: Jon Birger, author of ‘Date-onomics’