American Jews are learning about Israel through television shows like Fauda and Shtisel—but what happens when an American Jew takes center stage? Aleeza Chanowitz, Chanshi creator, writer, and star, joins guest host Shayna Weiss (Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University) and Yehuda Kurtzer to speak with about the American Jewish experience in Israel and the interweaving of fact and fiction, biography and story. Chanshi, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival—a first for an Israeli TV series—tells the story of an Orthodox Jewish woman who moves from Brooklyn to Israel to claim her agency outside her conservative religious community.
Identity/Crisis: The Ideas Behind the News is a podcast of the Shalom Hartman Institute.
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In a frenzied media cycle, Identity/Crisis delves into the big ideas behind the news from a uniquely Jewish perspective. Host Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, talks with leading thinkers to unpack current events effecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.