Israel at War: Podcasts

Israel can exist in our lives in a myriad of ways. Each podcast in this compilation represents a piece of The iCenter team’s daily lives and rituals. They enable listeners to be in “conversation” with current events, trending topics, popular music, and more. Since the start of the war, each of these podcasts has made shifts (or started anew) to reflect and incorporate the current reality in Israel and abroad.


Journalist and foreign policy expert Dan Senor interviews guests about current developments in Israel, the Middle East, the US, and beyond. He is joined weekly by the Times of Israel’s Haviv Rettig Gur.

Listen to Call Me Back

Host Allison Kaplan Sommer discusses current events in Israel. Hosted by one of Israel’s leading newspapers—Haaretz. Hebrew version: השבוע – פודקאסט הארץ

Listen to Haaretz Weekly

Experts from the Israel Policy Forum including Shanie Reichman and Neri Zilber discuss current events and analysis with a variety of policymakers, activists, and academics.

Listen to Israel Policy Pod

The Israel Conversation, formerly known as the Makom Israel Teacher’s Lounge, features discussions and debates on contemporary issues related to Israel and the Jewish world. Since October 7, the podcast has focused on important topics in Israel and providing educators with tools to discuss them.

Listen to The Israel Conversation

The Tikvah Podcast features conversations from Tikvah Fund fellows on a wide range of topics relevant to the Jewish world, the US, the West, Israel, and the Middle East, “bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.”

Listen to The Tikvah Podcast

The Times of Israel Daily Briefing provides insights into current events through conversations with Times of Israel writers and editors. The episodes often delve deeper into material covered in Times of Israel articles.

Listen to The Times of Israel Daily Briefing

Hosts Yonit Levi of Israel’s Channel 12 and Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian “dissect and debate current events shaping Israel, Jewish life—and the wider world.”

Listen to Unholy

Host Noam Weissman provides insights into “some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history.” The most recent episodes focus on current events in Israel and abroad.

Listen to Unpacking Israeli History

Host Amitai Fraiman discusses contemporary issues in Israel with a series of guests. Recent episodes focus on the Israel-Hamas war.

Listen to The Z3 Podcast


Hosted by Mishy Harman, Israel Story shares the real-life stories of real-life Israelis. Since October 7, they have featured short first-person accounts of Israelis living through the war.

Listen to Israel Story: Wartime Diaries

Hosts Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss major topics related to the current war and the experience of Israelis during this time.

Listen to For Heaven’s Sake

Host Yehuda Kurtzer invites “leading thinkers to unpack current events affecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.”

Listen to Identity/Crisis

Comedian Joel Chasnoff hosts serious conversations about Israel and current events. Each episode is recorded in front of a live audience.

Listen to Inside Israel with Joel Chasnoff

Journalists Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag, and Linda Gradstein discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society with Professor Noah Efron.

Listen to The Promised Podcast

Hosts Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Joshua Malina discuss “stories recorded on the ground from a country mourning, healing, and coming together.”

Listen to Unorthodox

Host Dovid Bashevkin shares conversations with leaders in many Jewish and non-Jewish realms balancing “modern sensibilities with traditional sensitivities to give you new approaches to timeless Jewish ideas.” He is currently hosting a series about Israel at War.

Listen to 18Forty Podcast


Host Elad Simchayoff has conversations with Israeli reporters and academics focusing on a single story each day (Sunday–Thursday).

Listen to אחד ביום

Hosts Shaul Amsterdamski, Tzlil Avraham, and Alon Amitzi discuss the Israeli economy through the lens of individual lives.

Listen to חיות כיס

Hosts Tomer Michaelson and Tzlil Avraham discuss the current situation with experts and therapists who specialize in trauma focusing on the individual experiences of those affected by October 7.

Listen to איך ממשיכים

Hosts Micah Goodman and Efrat Shapira-Rosenberg hold conversations about the core ideas underlying Israeli society and the modern world. The most recent episodes are part of a series titled Meguyasim (מגויסים), meaning “enlisted” and discuss the current conflict and its origins.

Listen to מלפגת המחשבות

Hosts Ahinoam Bar and Yasmin Yashvi discuss contemporary Israeli and global pop music going behind the scenes and exploring what pop culture can teach us about society. Since October 7, a number of episodes have focused on pop music during wartime.

Listen to פופטוק

Host Elad Bar-Noy dives into pop culture that is relevant in the current moment.

Listen to פופ אפ

Host Elad Bar-Noy interviews cultural figures in Israel about their routines in this difficult time.

Listen to מרחב מוגן 

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