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Daily Briefing Dec. 9 – Traffic jams are driving Israelis crazy

Reporter Carrie Keller-Lynn discusses traffic problems and passports, followed by culture editor Jessica Steinberg on exhibits at Jerusalem’s Tmol Shilshom and new Train Theater

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Reporter Carrie Keller-Lynn and arts and culture editor Jessica Steinberg join host Raoul Wootliff on today’s podcast.

Keller-Lynn discusses her recent investigative piece about Israel’s traffic woes, looking at the number of cars and drivers on the road and the fact that Israelis seem to increasingly prefer their cars to public transportation.

She also talks about the passport challenges facing Israelis born abroad, and the complications wrought by the pandemic when they want to come “home” to visit.

Steinberg describes a new gallery installed at the iconic Jerusalem cafe Tmol Shilshom, the first exhibit featuring photos of the European-style cafes opened in Jerusalem in the Mandate era.

She also speaks about the new Karon theater complex, an expanded version of the Train Theater created in Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park back in the 1980s.

Discussed articles include:

It’s the errands, not the commute: What’s really driving Israel’s traffic crisis

Shaked eases some requirements to register Israeli children born abroad

Jerusalem’s Train Theater takes a short ride to a new playhouse

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