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This Index to Past & Future Episodes on youtube



175S.  Thursday, Jan. Feb. 2, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT/ 6:00 pm GMT  - Shmooze Thursday – open floor, all topics in discussion. FUTURE

174S.  Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT/ 6:00 pm GMT    - Shmooze Thursday – open floor, all topics in discussion. FUTURE

173.  Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 'The Dewey Connection: The Untold Story of Dewey Stone's incredible and uncredited role in the struggle for the creation of the state of Israel.

BEGIN SEASON 6 (above)

END SEASON 5 (below)

170.  Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

Zoom Presentation: The Jewish Diasporas' Cruise with Julia Newman.

168. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: The Western Wall – Kotel with Julia Newman. 

166. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: The Yom Kippur War – a personal story with Brigadier Gen. (Res.) Shuki Ben Anat. Sorry - Not recorded

165. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: The Plants of the Hebrew Bible with Sharona Liman.

163. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Live Zoom Tour: Ashkelon by the Sea– the forgotten glory with Julia Newman.

161. Thursday, October 20

Live Zoom Tour: Jordan: The Kingdom Across the River with Julia Newman. 

159. Thursday, October 6, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Pilgrims Road with Sharona Liman. 


153. Thursday, August 25, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation Looking for the Hebrew Bible in the Israel Museum Archaeology Wing with Sharona Liman.

151. Thursday, August 11, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Beautiful Slovenia with Julia Newman. 

149. Thursday, July 28, 2022 

Live Zoom Presentation: The Logistics Corps of the IDF - with Brigadier General Ronen Cohen, Chief Logistics Officer of the IDF.

148 Thursday, July 21, 2022

Live Zoom presentation: Croatia – the Jewel of the Adriatic Sea with Julia Newman.

146. Thursday, July 7, 2022

Live Zoom presentation: Golan Heights part 2 with Julia Newman. 

143. Thursday, June 16, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Following Gideon and the Midianites with Sharona Liman

141. Thursday, June 2, 2022

Gamla, The First Masada with Julia Newman

140. Thursday, May 26, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Tour the Golan Heights – visit ruins, waterfalls, synagogues and cherries with Julia Newman.

139S. Thursday, May 19, 2022 Shmooze Thursday – open floor, all topics for discussion.

138. Thursday, May 12, 2022

Live Zoom - Visit the Sinai Desert with Julia Newman

137S. Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT/ 6:00 pm GMT

Shmooze Thursday – open floor, all topics for discussion.





Thursday, April 7 - 29,

At 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT






136. Thursday, March 28, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Visit the Ancient City of Jericho, the Oldest and Lowest City in the World

135. Thursday, March 21, 2022 Live Zoom Presentation: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters & the Story of Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center with Founder Nitsana Darshan- Leitner.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

A Day Off to Celebrate Purim. Is that your costume?

134. Thursday, March 10, 2022

Live Zoom Presentation: Travels Along the Jordan River From South to North with Julia Newman

133. Thursday, March 3, 2022 Live Zoom Presentation: The "Tzadikim" with Julia Newman

132. Thursday, February 24, Beit Shearim - The Ancient Jewish Necropolis with Julia Newman. 

131. Thursday, February 17,

The Jewish Underground organizations pre state of Israel with Gadi Ben Dov 

130. Thursday, February 10,

Yad VaShem - A Monument of Good Deeds with Roee Peled – Hanani.

129. Thursday, February 3, 2ive Zoom Tour: The Greatest Hits of the Israel Museum part 3 – Archaeology Wing with Julia Newman.

128. Thursday, January 27, Live Zoom Presentation: Invented in Israel: Pillcam with Developer Rafael Naveh

127. Thursday, January 20, Live Zoom Presentation: Jerusalem Challenges and Opportunities: with Former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan – Nahoum. 

126. Thursday, January 13, 2022 The Jewish Pioneers of the Negev with Noam Tamir

125. Thursday, January 6, 2022

Bethlehem: From King David's Well to the Bar Kochba Revolt with Julia Newman





124. Thursday, December 30

Live Zoom Presentation: From the Vineyard of God to the Vineyard of Naboth with Sharona Liman.

123. Thursday, December 23

Seven Powerful Military Monuments Across Northern Israel Which Offer Unique History and Architecture With LTC Noam Tamir

122. Thursday, December 16

Live Zoom Presentation: The Greatest Hits of the Israel Museum part 2 - Model of Jerusalem of the Second Temple period with Julia Newman

121. Thursday, December 9

Live Zoom Presentation: The Greatest Hits of the Israel Museum part 1 – Archaeology and Judaica Wings with Julia Newman

120. Thursday, December 2

Mystical Numbers: The World of Gematria" with Akiva Gersh


119. Thursday, November 18

The Unexpected Finds in Ancient Yavne with Julia Newman

118. Thursday, November 11

*Service, Spirit, and Core Values: The IDF with LTC Shai Schul (For

Veterans Day)*

117. Thursday, November 4

Forgotten Ancient Synagogues with Julia Newman

116. Thursday, October 28

Holier than Thou? The Temples at Tel Motza and Their Implication for the Understanding of the Development of Cult and Religion in Judah during the First Temple Period with Shua Kisilevitz

115. Thursday, October 21

The Unfamiliar Tiberias" with Julia Newman

114. Thursday, October 14

Beit Shean - The Gateway of the Garden of Eden with Julia Newman

113. Thursday, October 7

Live Zoom Presentation: The Women Who Built Jerusalem with David Steinberg

* Under Review *

112. Thursday, September 30

Live Zoom Presentation: The Best 7 Synagogues in Israel with Julia Newman

111. Thursday, September 23

Live Zoom Tour: The City of David with Julia Newman.

Thursday, September 16

Yom Kippur - No event

110. Thursday, September 9

Live Zoom Tour: "Israel's National Cemetery of Mount Herzl - How the City of the Dead Shapes the Identity of the Living" with Roee Peled-Hanany.

109. Thursday, September 2

Live Zoom Presentation: “The Jewish Journey at the Beginning of the Year” with Akiva Gersh.


*** SEASON #2 ABOVE ****

108. Special Guest Schmooze: Thursday, July 22

The Sinking of the INS Submarine Dakar, One of Israel’s Longest Enduring Mysteries with Captain Zabo (Ret).

107.VFI EDUCATES Summer Schmooze Sessions, Thursdays at 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT/ 7:00 pm GMT.  

*** END of SEASON #1 ***

106. Tuesday, June 29

Live Zoom Presentation: King David: Mighty Kingdom Ruler or Small Village Leader? With Asher Altshul.

105. Thursday, June 24

Live Zoom Tour: Along the Lebanese Border – part 2 with Julia Newman

104. Tuesday, June 22

Live Zoom Presentation: From Bauhaus to Penthouse with Stav Shachaf

103. Thursday, June 17

Live Zoom Tour: Western Wall Tunnels Tour with Julia Newman.

102.  Tuesday, June 15

Live Zoom Presentation: What is the Kabbalah: A Look into Jewish Mysticism with Akiva Gersh.

101. Thursday, June 10

Special Report on the Seychelles Islands, primitive culture – with Julia Newman

**100**. Tuesday, June 8

Live Zoom Presentation: Perspective from the front lines with Hannah Rosenberg.

  • Thursday, June 3 - Take the Day Off for shopping

99. Tuesday, June 1

Live Zoom Presentation: Embrace the enemy with Lieutenant

Colonel (Res.) Eyal Dror.

98. Thursday, May 27

Live Zoom Tour: "Machon Ayalon" – the Underground Bullet Factory with Julia Newman

97. Tuesday, May 25 Live Zoom Presentation: Visit UAE Part 2 - Following the Footsteps of the Abraham Accord with Julia Newman

96. Thursday, May 20

Live Zoom Tour: Tzippori - Mosaics and Scriptures with Julia Newman

95. Tuesday, May 18 

Live Zoom Presentation: Who wrote the Bible? With Asher Altshul

94. Thursday, May 13

Live Zoom Tour: Kumran - the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls with Julia Newman.

93. Tuesday, May 11

Live Zoom Presentation: The Jewish People's Legal Rights to the Land of Israel with Lauren Isaacs.

92. Thursday, May 6

Live Zoom Tour: The Passion – Following the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem with Julia Newman.

91. Tuesday, May 4 

Live Zoom Presentation: Lachish – Where Bible, Archaeology and History come together with Sharona Liman.

90.  Tuesday, April 27

Live Zoom Presentation: Marc Chagall and the Windows with Julia Newman. 

[Cosponsored by Na’Amat USA]

89. Thursday, April 22

Live Zoom Tour: Surprise Visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Confirm the Recent Abraham Accords, LIVE with Julia Newman

88.  Tuesday, April 20

Zoom Presentation: The Independence War via Poetry with Ami Braun. 

87. Thursday, April 15

Special Independence Day Live Zoom Tour: The Israeli Capitol Hill & Knesset with Julia Newman. 

86.  Tuesday, April 13

Special Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day Live Zoom Presentation: The rise and fall of the frontier village Mishmar Hayarden during the War of Independence with Yaniv Safrai

85. Thursday, April 8

Special Yom HaShoa Live Zoom Tour: Visit The Ghetto Fighters Museum: Resistance in the Holocaust with Akiva Gersh

84. Tuesday, April 6

Live Zoom Presentation: Visit the Yitzhak Rabin Center & Israeli Museum - unavailable

83. Thursday, April 1

Live Zoom Tour: Mt. Karkom aka – Mt. Sinai? With Julia Newman

82. Tuesday, March 30

Live Zoom Presentation: "King Solomon’s Mines: History or Legend with Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University.

81. Thursday, March 25

Live Zoom Tour: Acco with Julia Newman.

80. Tuesday, March 23

Live Zoom Presentation: The legal status of Jerusalem with Gil Regev.

79. Thursday, March 18

Live Zoom Tour: Along the Lebanese Border with Julia Newman

78A. Wednesday, March 17

Live Zoom Presentation: "Inside Israeli Intelligence” with IDF Brig. General (res) Yosef Kuperwasser, former Head of Research, IDF Military Intelligence

78. Tuesday, March 16

Live Zoom Presentation: Hidden in Plain Sight - The Missing Tel of Beth Shemesh with Boaz Gross - VP, Israeli Institute of Archaeology and Expedition Director.

77. Thursday, March 11

Live Zoom Tour: Ein Gedi - an Oasis, a Synagogue, a Kibbutz with Julia Newman

76. Tuesday, March 9

Live Zoom Presentation: An Oak, an Olive and an Almond Tree Walk into a Bar....Tales, Tidbits and Tastes of Israeli Trees with Joanna Maissel

75A. Thursday, March 4

JULIA 75th Episode Recognition Special Presentation

75. Thursday, March 4

Live Zoom Tour: Wonderings of the Sanhedrin – with Julia Newman

74. Tuesday, March 2

Live Zoom Presentation : The Tel Aviv Street Museum with Stav Shachaf.

73. Thursday, February 25

Live Zoom Tour: Following the Footsteps of Joshua son of Nun to Shiloh and Mt. Ebal with Julia Newman


72. Tuesday, February 23

Live Zoom Presentation: "Israeli Education from a Classroom to Avatar" with Dina Cohen

[Cosponsored by Na’Amat USA]

72A.  Sunday, February 21

Live Zoom Presentation: Sar-El Events Conference – Sar-El Update Program with 3 Speakers

71. Thursday, February 18

Live Zoom Tour: Following the Footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee

70. Tuesday, February 16

Live Zoom Presentation: Sports in Israel - Olympic Dreams Through Unity with Ami Baran

69. Thursday, February 11

Live Zoom Tour: The best of the Negev Desert – Part 2, with Julia Newman

68. Tuesday, February 9

Live Zoom Presentation: "Our genetic material and the future of medicine with Prof. Noam Shomron

67. Thursday, February 4

Live Zoom Tour: Around Gaza Strip – part 2, with Julia Newman

66. Tuesday, February 2

Live Zoom Presentation: The Double Battle of Women in Combat in the IDF

with Prof. Ayelet Harel-Shalev


65. Thursday, January 28

Tu Bishvat in Rosh Pina - Pioneers and Blooming Almonds with Julia

64. Tuesday, January 26

Live Zoom Presentation: Tel Rehov between the United Kingdom and King Omri's Dynasty with Prof. Amihai Mazar

63. Thursday, January 21

Live Zoom Tour: Living Within 7 Miles of The Gaza Strip With Julia Newman

62. Tuesday, January 19

Live Zoom Presentation: Experience as a Female IDF Iron Dome Commander with Mor Rozenberg [Cosponsored by Na’Amat USA] - Unavailable

61. Thursday, January 14, 2021 

Live Zoom Tour: The Herodian Palace With Julia Newman


60. Tuesday, January 12

Live Zoom Presentation: The IDF Rescue Team in Nepal With Ayelet Zion, the Youngest Female Officer on the Mission


59. Thursday, January 7, 2021

Live Zoom Tour: Tour Masada with Julia Newman


58. Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Live Zoom Presentation: Women Power in the Secret World of Intelligence with Saar Kadmon

Not Available

57. Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Live Zoom Presentation: Excavating Tell es-Safi/Gath - biblical Philistine Gath, home of Goliath with archaeology Prof. Aren Maeir, Director


56. Thursday, December 24

Live Zoom Tour with Julia Newman: Christmas in Zfat (Safed)


55. Tuesday, December 22

Wine Journey – an Israeli adventure with Guy Haran


54. Thursday, December 17

Light Out of the Darkness - a Special Hanukkah Experience with Tamar Linchevsky

53. Tuesday, December 15 

Hanukkah Special - Hanukkias' in the Old City of Jerusalem - Live Zoom Tour with Julia Newman


52. Thursday, December 10

The Best of the Negev Desert - Live Zoom Tour with Julia Newman


51A. Wednesday, December 9  

Live Zoom Presentation: "A Passion for Israel" book talk by Mark Werner at the VFI Phila. Region Meeting

51. Tuesday, December 8  

Live Zoom Presentation: Hebron - The Roots of Jewish Peoplehood and the Tomb of the Ancestors in Hebron, Judea with Yishai Fleisher.


50. Thursday, December 3

The Good Samaritan: Live Zoom Tour with Julia Newman.


49. Tuesday, December 1 

The Ethiopian Jewish Diaspora with Eden Elias

[Cosponsored by Na’Amat USA]

 48. Thursday, November 26th

Downtown Jerusalem Live Zoom Tour with Julia Newman.


 47. Tuesday, November 24  

Live Zoom Presentation: “The Red Sea Diving Resort” with the Mossad agent Yola Reitman


46. Thursday, November 19 

Live Zoom Tour: The Jewish Quarter of the Old City – Jerusalem.

45. Tuesday, November 17   

The Northern Kingdom of Israel: The View from Megiddo with noted archaeology Prof. Israel Finkelstein


43. Tuesday, November 10

Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries by distinguished ornithologist Prof. Yossi Leshem 


42. Thursday, November 5

Live Zoom Tour: Jerusalem - Breaking Out of the Wall with Julia Newman.

41.  Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

Surprise LIVE touring in today’s Greece with Julia Newman

40. Thursday, October 29 

Live Zoom Tour:  – the Home of the First President of the State of Israel with Julia Newman.

39. Tuesday, October 2  

Live Zoom Presentation: Israel, The Hi-Tech Nation with Raphael Nave – senior researcher at the Neeman Institute, Technion.


38. Thursday, October 22

Live Zoom Tour of Neve Zedek–The Father of Tel Aviv with Julia Newman.


37. Tuesday, October 20 

The People of the Book – From the Invention of Alphabet to Biblical Text with Sharona Liman. 

36. Thursday, October 15

Live Tour of Sussita / Hippos with Julia Newman.


35. Tuesday, October 13  

Deserts in Israel - Beyond imagination with Eldad Golan.

33. Tuesday, October 6    

"The Lion is Back" with Brigadier General (res.) Shuki Ben Anat, former Chief of Reserves of the IDF who served many years on the Syrian front.


32. Thursday, October 1  

"Haapala" (illegal Jewish immigration) and the Atlit Detention Camp with Julia Newman

31. Tuesday, September 29

100 Years of Fighting Over Israel's Water with Gil Regev


30. Thursday, September 24 

Special Jerusalem Night Presentation - Days of Awe with Tamar Linchevsky


29. Tuesday, September 22  

Innovations in Archaeology in Jerusalem-2 with Prof. Yuval Gadot


28. Thursday, September 17

Tour Zichron Yaaqov with Julia Newman

27. Tuesday, September 15  

Ben-Yehuda and My Great Grandfather - Jerusalem Between Ottoman and British Rule with Yoav Avneyon

26. Thursday, September 10   

Thursday Tour of Megiddo/Armageddon with Julia Newman

25. Tuesday, September 8    

Israeli Intelligence and Covid19 with Brig. General (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser - Head of the Israeli Intelligence Methodology Research Institute


24. Thursday, September 3 

Israeli Art Development with Kinneret Zohar-Lahav23. Tuesday, September 1, 2020 

Israeli Contemporary Art with Kinneret Zohar-Lahav


22. Thursday, August 27   

Israeli Agriculture - From Basic to High Tech with Inon Hedvati

21. Tuesday, August 25 

Visit the Mossad (Israeli intelligence) Museum with Julia Newman

20. Thursday, August 20

Lebanon and Hezbollah with Brigadier General (res.) Shuki Ben Anat

16. Thursday, Aug. 6

Jerusalem of Gold with Sharona Liman

15. Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday Travels - Magdala and More - Around the Sea of Galilee with Julia Newman

13. Tuesday, July 28  

Tuesday Travels - Haifa – the Star of Carmel Moun- with Julia Newman

12. Thursday, July 23  

Archeology in Jerusalem with Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University: Ancient Jerusalem Revealed

11. Tuesday, July 21   

Tuesday Travels - Tel Aviv – the Beating Heart


10. Thursday, July 16  

 Israeli cooking workshop - The Secrets of Tahini with Tali Almoz.

9. Tuesday, July 14

Tuesday Travel -Old Jaffa Tour with Julia Newman

8.  Tuesday, July 7

 Tuesday Travel - Caesarea by the Sea with Julia Newman


7. Thursday, June 6

Eilat at the Red Sea – desert, people, corals with Julia Newman

6. Thursday, June 25

“Embrace the Enemy” by LTC (ret) Eyal Dror


4. Tuesday June 16

 Jerusalem: Mt of Olives Top to Bottom with by Julia Newman

3. Tuesday, June 6

Jerusalem Highlights: From the Gate to the Wall by Julia Newman

2. Wednesday, June 3

“IDF Humanitarian Operations” by LTC Shai