Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is introducing a brand-new monthly podcast, The Branch, real stories about building connections between Jews and Arabs in Israel, even though it’s complicated.
Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shares positive stories about people coming together in Israel — people offering branches of peace. Hadassah has been advancing the shared society concept since its creation in 1912. Today the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) serves one million patients a year, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, and HMO staff work together, Arab and Jewish, building bridges to peace through medicine.
Kraft, the podcast moderator, is a veteran foreign correspondent. She currently writes for Haaretz and The Christian Science Monitor, covering Israeli and Palestinian society. A former AP correspondent based in Jerusalem and Johannesburg, she has also been a regular contributor to The New York Times, JTA and The Daily Telegraph. She is a third generation life member of Hadassah. Her mother, Lisa Kraft, was chapter president in Silver Spring, Md. for many years.
With so much news of tension and conflict coming out of Israel, the American public too often lacks adequate opportunities to learn about positive relationships and stories of real, everyday lives of Jews and Arabs working, living and learning together beyond what we share about HMO. “The Branch” offers a new kind of Zionist education that lifts up the stories overlooked by mainstream media outlets.
The Branch is available at hadassah.org/thebranch or on iTunes and other podcast platforms.