Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made history this past week when he became the first Israeli premier to be officially welcomed to the United Arab Emirates. Retired U.S. Ambassador Marc Sievers, inaugural Director of AJC Abu Dhabi: The Sidney Lerner Center for Arab-Jewish Understanding, joins us to discuss the importance of this visit and what it holds for the future of the region.

Then, AJC Chief Field Operations Officer Melanie Maron Pell joins us from her home state of Kentucky to share what’s happening on the ground in the aftermath of deadly tornadoes that slammed six states, what Israel has done to bring aid, and how listeners can help those impacted. 

Listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts.

Episode Lineup:

  • (1:30) Ambassador Marc Sievers 
  • (19:42) Manya Brachear Pashman and Melanie Maron Pell

Show Notes:

Join us as we fight anti-Jewish hate and take on those who threaten Israel. Your gift to AJC before December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. To support our work, visit Or, text AJC DONATE to 52886. 

Kentucky Tornado Relief Funds:

  1. Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
  2. Jewish Federation of Louisville Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

Stay tuned for next week’s episode featuring Alex Edelman on his new off-Broadway comedy show, “Just For Us.” To purchase tickets, visit and use discount code ALEX.  

Photo credit: Israeli Government Press Office (GPO)