Imagine Israel Podcast: Mom and Dads

Kobi Paz, co-writer and director of the hit Israeli TV series “Ima v’Abbas” (“Mother and Fathers”), about two gay men who have a child with a straight single woman, is the first interviewee in the ‘Imagine Israel’ podcast, a new initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Kobi Paz, co-writer and director of the hit Israeli TV series “Ima v’Abbas” (“Mother and Fathers”), about two gay men who have a child with a straight single woman, is the first interviewee in the ‘Imagine Israel’ podcast, a new initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

‘Imagine Israel’ is a new initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to engage Washingtonians with Israel and Israelis through a wide variety of social impact-oriented programs. The new initiative offers a cultural podcast, in which Israeli theater artist Robbie Gringras facilitates thought-provoking dialogues with interesting Israelis, focused on the intersection of their lives, work, passions and Israeli society.

In the first episode of the program, screenwriter Kobi Paz, who lives in a similar family arrangement as in his hit series “Ima v’Abbas,” talks about the “new normal” family, raising three kids together with his partner Doron, and the way his life and work reflect upon Israeli society.

“In Israel there are hundreds of children who were born in the last 10 years to gay people in various family combinations,” Kobi says in the interview. “It’s an Israeli phenomenon, and in a way I think it’s a Jewish phenomenon. For a Jewish gay man to bring a boy to his Jewish mom- it’s something that is really really strong.”

“I think Israel, like on many other issues, is a state of contradictions,” Kobi says, ” because if you look at our government or at legal issues, we’re not a very progressive society. But on the other hand, it’s one of the most liberal societies you can ask for as a gay man. The series was accepted very calmly. It wasn’t an issue at all. The part of Israel that might not accept the series- – didn’t watch it. It was as simple as that.”

Kobi’s life is similar to what is presented in his hit TV show, thought in real life it’s slightly more complicated: Him and his partner had three kids with two different mothers. “Two of them are biologically mine with the same mother and my partner had a kid with a different woman,” Kobi explains. “The two young ones are very close in age. They’re almost twins, they have 60 days in between them. They are in the same kindergarten, they are completely together all the time but they have no biological relation at all.”

Listen to the full interview below. You can also subscribe to Imagine Israel here.