After moving to the US, top fashion influencer, model, and author Simonetta Lein decides to help everyday people achieve their dreams. She starts an online movement called "The Wishwall": a place to submit meaningful wishes for everybody to see. Simonetta and her husband Raphael subsequently set up a charity The Wishwall Foundation with the scope of helping to make meaningful wishes come true.
Simonetta Lein is an Italian blogger, author, fashion icon, and activist. She has written The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Elle, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and other publications in Italy and the United States. She has also modeled at New York Fashion Week for Richie Rich and Dair Design.
In 2015, Simonetta moved from Italy to Philadelphia, where she founded The Wishwall Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization and social community. The Foundation is built on the “pay it forward” philosophy. Its core principals are to give a voice to the voiceless and to help make meaningful wishes come true. The Wishwall Foundation is multi-faceted. It consists of The Wishwall Online and The Wishwall in Every City, where people can express their wishes and where the Foundation inspires them to help each other and grant those dreams that are more meaningful.
The Wishwall Foundation collaborates with other non-profit groups that promote social integration and the defense of human rights, as well as with companies who wish to sponsor worthy initiatives. The Wishwall Foundation seeks to be a global movement that inspires people and unites humanity through art, fashion, and goodwill.
The Wishwall Foundation has been featured on CBS Philly, Fox 29, Metro Philadelphia, and Charity Buzz.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, under the leadership of John Klein z'l, to provide for education and wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 15 regional offices in the United States and Panama.
The strength of the IDF, which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the tender age of 18, all Israelis are drafted into the IDF. Those who serve commit to uphold the difficult tasks of defending Israel’s borders and guaranteeing the safety of its people.
The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.
FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers.
Shot by Jonah Stern and Jonathan Wexler
Edited by Jonah Stern
Founded in 2006, Midtown Lunch used to exclusively cover the food in Midtown Manhattan. But starting in January of 2010, we expanded out reach and now seek out “Midtown Lunches” in Downtown NYC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. All of us are big fans of ethnic food (did I mention my love of Chinese buffets?), and not such a big fan of boring chains or salads- so if you are looking for a new salad place that gives you 7 options instead of 6, you will probably not find it here (unless it’s a salad bar/Chinese buffet). We love street food, and the challenge of eating in places that most of our co-workers would consider “dirty” (Tad’s Steak I’m looking at you), so hit us with your best shot. All in all we hope that Midtown Lunch will be a useful resource for all of you who are looking for some adventures in urban lunching. So step away from that desk, leave your boring co-worker who eats the same thing every day behind, and let’s take advantage of the one hour a day we’re given to flee the confines of our cubicles for some good eats.
Video by Jonah Stern
Music by Jonah Lustig Music
Poor student, likes to eat. Sorry, is that not enough? Born and raised eating on the spicy streets of Queens, Jamie has been training her whole life for this gig. As a born and bred food adventurer she attacked Korean buffets and basement food courts in Queens before becoming one of the most popular Profiled Midtown Lunch’ers of all time. She moved to Philadelphia last year, and was immediately enlisted by Zach to begin the search for the best Midtown Lunches the city of brotherly love had to offer.
Food truck fare rocks in City of Brotherly Love, and a tasty festival celebrating our city’s nomadic dining scene in Mt. Airy at the Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll.
Taste the ever-developing flavors of Mt. Airy as Mt. Airy USA hosts this delectable evening of dining and drinking showcasing the burgeoning dining scene along Germantown Avenue.
In the spirit of The Food Trust’s hugely successful Night Market, gourmet eats and drinks take to the streets of Mt. Airy, lining Germantown Avenue all the way from Mt. Airy Avenue to Sedgwick Street.
Head to Mt. Airy to nosh on fare from more than 50 food vendors, shop crafts and apparel from more than a dozen on-site retailers, listen to live music on two stages and more.
Mama Said is a Philadelphia organization that seeks to create communities where mothers feel celebrated and supported through dynamic programs that emphasize health and fulfillment.
Voices of Motherhood in Philadelphia is a video series that aims to raise awareness about mothers' experiences with their identities, families, communities, and city. Motherhood does not have just one face or voice, but many.
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Research Schools International bridges the gap between research and practice by partnering researchers with a diverse network of schools around the globe to carry out research, professional development, and dissemination of findings. Through our innovative 'research schools' model, researchers collaborate with administrators, teachers, and students in partner schools on topics chosen by the schools. Most of our projects focus on supporting students’ character skills and dispositions, such as care, growth mindset, grit, motivation, happiness, and global understanding.
Christina Hinton (Harvard GSE Faculty, RSI Founder)
Christine Marsico (Harvard GSE, 2015)
Hayato Sekido (Harvard GSE, 2015)
Sally Hahn (Harvard GSE, 2015)
International School of Boston
Nkondo Enrichment Program
Video by Jonah Stern
A Dynamic Dialogue is a short film about six Americans teaching English in Jinmen--a small, semi-rural Taiwanese island that sits just off the coast of Mainland China and was a front-line during the Chinese Civil War--as a part of the Fulbright Program. The English teachers decide to stage the first dance flashmob on the island with their students, grades 2 through 6. They describe their experiences on the island, where foreigners are rare and English-speakers are scarce. The Americans try to use dance as a means of bridging the cultural and linguistic barriers between them and the locals.
Video by Jonah Stern
Blacbird Records is a Philadelphia-based studio founded by legendary music producer, Joe Nicolo, and his son, Ty.
Joe worked with a long list of musical icons--including Billy Joel, Cypress Hill, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Aerosmith, and James Taylor--at Studio 4, Ruffhouse Records, and Columbia Records, and went on to win 9 Grammys. Eventually Joe left the music industry for the movie industry, producing a number films starring actors like Jamie Foxx and Danny DeVito. In 2009, Joe returned the music industry, first founding Revel Music Group, and then Blacbird Records with his son, Ty. With Blacbird, the two seek to produce music that they love, spanning a wide range of genres--from rock to blues to country to hip hop.
Five Minutes in the Closet is a web series by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, in which she discusses current events, politics, the literary world, The Bachelor, and her two young daughters!
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Timesbestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries.
She is the author of the novels Good in Bed (2001); In Her Shoes(2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); Fly Away Home (2010); Then Came You(2011); The Next Best Thing (2012); All Fall Down (2014) and Who Do You Love (August 2015).
Jennifer Weiner grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, where she wrote a series of popular columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review, Weiner’s recent contributions – “Mean Girls in the Retirement Home” and “Another Thing to Hate About Ourselves” – rose to the top of the “most emailed” lists and have been picked up by newspapers and media outlets across the world.
With over 95,000 fans on Facebook and 108,000 followers on Twitter, Weiner appeared on Time magazine’s list of “140 Best Twitter Feeds.” The magazine hailed her “must-read” live “Bachelor” tweets, noting that “rarely has there been such an ideal pairing of material and writer.” Forbes magazine ranked her second on their list of “25 Working Moms to Follow on Twitter”: “Tune in for hilarious shards of brilliance.” A recent New Yorker profile demonstrated how much influence this “unlikely feminist enforcer” has had on her culture, celebrating Weiner’s “lively public discussion about the reception and consumption of fiction written by women.”
Weiner has appeared on numerous national television programs, including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Seventeen, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Most of her essays are featured on her website, where she started her blog in 2002. Jennifer can also be found on Facebook, and, in real life, Philadelphia, where she lives with her family.
Videos by Jonah Stern and Marc Goodman
Here are four short excerpts from two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) that were shot and edited by Jonah Stern for Penn's School of Design. The courses ran on the MOOC platform, Coursera, in 2014 and will possibly run again in the near future.
Excerpt #1 is from Gary Hack: Retrofitting Infrastructure and Services
Excerpt #2 is from Stefan Al: Technological Visions.
The course explores visionary and practical concepts of city design and planning, past and present, and how design can address such looming challenges as urban population growth, climate change and rising sea levels. Participants will be encouraged to make proposals for city design and development, starting with their own immediate environment.
Sustainability in Practice
Excerpt #3 is from Mark Alan Hughes: Climate Change Primer
Excerpt #4 is from Leslie Billhymer: Sketching
Sustainability is a practice operating across a variety of scales and skills. We will explore the ways that decision makers use systems analysis and design thinking to confront the career-defining challenges facing the next generation of leaders. Networks of practice from across North America and around the globe will provide case material and guest lectures.
Jouvenir is a creative collaborative dedicated to exposing the true essence of Israeli culture by sharing Israeli-inspired stories through artistic expression. Currently we are focused on highlighting both emerging and established artists from around the world who have been inspired by the land and people of Israel through art exhibitions, events, and our online platform and shop.
As of July 2015, Jouvenir has begun hosting creative pop-up workshops in and around the Philadelphia area. Our workshops - ranging from culinary to crafts, music to fitness - focus on exploring one's inner creativity as well as exploring the Israeli culture.
Jouvenir's mission is to expose the world to Israel's lesser-known culture by sharing stories and experiences through creative activity. We prove that Israeli culture is far more than camels and religious or political conflict!
Simultaneously, Jouvenir nurtures the human spirit, one creative mind to another. By connecting through our experiences, we are able to inspire others to explore their inner passions and share them!
Learn more at the Jouvenir website!
Founded in 1925, Camp Dora Golding is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish summer camps in the United States. Located on a beautiful campus in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, CDG provides a fun and inclusive atmosphere for young Jewish boys to both learn and have fun.
Camp Dora Golding has state-of-the-art athletics facilities, experienced and qualified rabbis as teachers, a brand new synagogue and beit midrash. Every summer, campers go on field trips to amusement parks and participate in a camp-wide color war.
For more information, visit the CDG website!
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All of the videos on this page were shot and edited by Jonah Stern.