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The Branch offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living the example of a shared society. Together. Even though it’s complicated. Hadassah believes in the power of women for Israel, and that positive stories from Israel can make a powerful impact. Today the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) serves 1 million patients a year, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, HMO doctors, nurses and staff work together, Arab and Jewish, building bridges to peace through medicine. HMO is the only medical organization to have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Branch offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living the example of a shared society. Together. Even though it’s complicated. Hadassah believes in the power of women for Israel, and that positive stories from Israel can make a powerful impact. Today the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) serves 1 million patients a year, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, HMO doctors, nurses and staff work together, Arab and Jewish, building bridges to peace through medicine. HMO is the only medical organization to have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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The Branch offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living the example of a shared society. Together. Even though it’s complicated. Hadassah believes in the power of women for Israel, and that positive stories from Israel can make a powerful impact. Today the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) serves 1 million patients a year, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, HMO doctors, nurses and staff work together, Arab and Jewish, building bridges to peace through medicine. HMO is the only medical organization to have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Episodes

The Branch #13: Kid Power

9/18/2019
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Talia dances, loves drawing, and traces her Muslim ancestry back to Jerusalem's Old City. Shali is the wise-cracking son of an Israeli rapper. The teens met by joining Israel’s only youth movement for peace. Listen as they teach us what it means to be Kids4Peace in 2019.

Duration:00:27:23

The Branch #12: Two Doctors and a Case of Friendship

8/14/2019
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When it comes to sexual abuse and assault, Dr. Dvora Bauman and Dr. Moshira Aboo Dia share the same goal: to return control to the victim. Despite their political differences, two doctors have forged a strong bond as they work together to empower women at Hadassah Hospital's Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse.

Duration:00:30:33

The Branch #11: Karate for Peace

7/18/2019
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Danny Hakim and Hazam Abu Qwedar are longtime friends and martial arts instructors. Through the art of karate, they're showing kids in Israel -- Jewish and Bedouin -- a new approach to coexistence.

Duration:00:28:56

The Branch #10: From Gaza to Tel Aviv

6/12/2019
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Two journalists forged a 30-year friendship out of covering conflict, and today their families' lives are intertwined. Jonathan is a Jewish New Yorker who moved to Israel. Saud is a Gaza City native. This is their story.

Duration:00:32:42

The Branch #9: Shuk Days

5/15/2019
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Mahdi and Michal are the forces behind ShakShuk, a small restaurant nestled in Jerusalem's bustling Machane Yehuda market. Both native Jerusalemites, this Jewish-Muslim duo work long hours side by side. They're like brother and sister - and they're learning how to have difficult political conversations. For more info, visit us at: hadassah.org/thebranch.

Duration:00:31:54

The Branch #8: The Parents Circle

4/10/2019
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Robi Damelin, an Israeli mother, and Bassam Arami, a Palestinian father, each lost a child to the violence. Despite having every reason to be divided by grief, they're working together to show how important one-on-one reconciliation can be on the path to peace - using their friendship as a model.

Duration:00:30:41

The Branch #7: A Sisterhood for Change

3/13/2019
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Israelis Hamutal and Samah -- one Jewish, the other Arab -- are feminist activists from communities that don't always see eye to eye. Through their friendship, they embody the power of showing up despite having conflicting identities. The result? A feminist coalition combating domestic violence.

Duration:00:32:14

The Branch #6: It Takes a Village

2/14/2019
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At Meir Shfeya, the Hadassah-supported youth village, Arab Israeli 24-year-old Kassem takes on the role of mentor and confidante to three Jewish teens. Hear their stories and learn about the open dialogue - and farm work - that bring them together.

Duration:00:31:14

The Branch #5: The Blue Bridge

1/8/2019
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This month, we travel to Juha's Guesthouse in the Israeli Arab fishing village of Jisr az Zarka. Discretely nestled between Caesarea and Haifa, the small guesthouse is bringing new life and opportunities to this usually forgotten dot on Israel's map.

Duration:00:35:18

The Branch #4: The Nurses Station

11/8/2018
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In the dialysis unit at Hadassah Hospital's Ein Kerem campus, the nurses and patients are like a family. Host Dina Kraft asks, "How do we take this island of peace and connect it to the main land?"

Duration:00:31:24

The Branch #3: A Sweet Scoop

10/11/2018
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Meet Adam Ziv and Alaa Sweitat, the owners of Buza, Arabic for ice cream. This Jewish-Arab team have not only found meaningful friendship through their business, they've created "a corner of delicious sanity."

Duration:00:29:07

The Branch #2: School Days

9/6/2018
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A look inside life at the only school in Jerusalem where Jewish and Arab students learn together, and about each other, in Hebrew and Arabic. The Hand in Hand school sets out a new model for education children. Here, they aren’t just classmates – they’re friends. For more about The Branch, head over to Hadassah.org/thebranch. Feel free to drop us an email at thebranch@hadassah.org Want more Hadassah podcasts? Check out Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine, which takes listeners...

Duration:00:32:52

The Branch #1: Harmony Onstage and Off

8/23/2018
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For our first episode of The Branch, we begin our journey in the Jaffa Theatre, meeting actors and musicians from different backgrounds, brought together by the music of famed musician Farid Al-Atrash. For more about The Branch, head over to Hadassah.org/thebranch. Feel free to drop us an email at thebranch@hadassah.org Want more Hadassah podcasts? Check out Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine, which takes listeners behind the headlines with Hadassah Medical Organization doctors...

Duration:00:31:30