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Welcome to Good People Talk, a Podcast where social entrepreneurs and visionaries –those who are changing and uplifting lives and communities in the U.S., Israel, and elsewhere around the world – describe what it is that drives and motivates them to tackle seemingly intractable challenges and generate deep impact. Their stories frame how change-makers, often informed by their Jewish values and in partnership with philanthropy, can change the narrative. To learn more, go to goodpeoplefund.org.

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United States

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Welcome to Good People Talk, a Podcast where social entrepreneurs and visionaries –those who are changing and uplifting lives and communities in the U.S., Israel, and elsewhere around the world – describe what it is that drives and motivates them to tackle seemingly intractable challenges and generate deep impact. Their stories frame how change-makers, often informed by their Jewish values and in partnership with philanthropy, can change the narrative. To learn more, go to goodpeoplefund.org.

Language:

English


Episodes

Voices from Israel: During Wartime, Maintaining Community for Youth Across Abilities

2/13/2024
For youth across the spectrum of developmental, physical and learning abilities, the war presents unique challenges. Beth Steinberg and Miriam Avraham — both mothers of children with Down syndrome — are the Founding Directors of Shutaf (“partner” in Hebrew) — practicing an inclusionary model of informal programming for kids, teens, and young adults across abilities. … Continue reading Voices from Israel: During Wartime, Maintaining Community for Youth Across Abilities →

Duration:00:20:29

Building Community Around Jewish End-of-Life

1/30/2024
Kavod v’Nichum (“Honor and Comfort”) — a GPF grantee — brings Jewish end-of-life discussions and practices into the light by elevating and advancing Chevrot Kadisha — holy societies that support individuals, families and communities during a sacred life cycle event. Sarit Wishnevski, Kavod v’Nichum’s Executive Director, joins Naomi Eisenberger, GPF Co-Founder and Executive Director, to … Continue reading Building Community Around Jewish End-of-Life →

Duration:00:20:57

Voices from Israel: For Road to Recovery, Embracing Hope

12/26/2023
Since its founding, Road to Recovery has driven thousands of Palestinians — mostly children — from crossing points to Israeli hospitals for critical medical care … and back again. Road to Recovery Chair Yael Noy joins GPF Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger to discuss how the organization and its volunteers are adjusting to new realities on … Continue reading Voices from Israel: For Road to Recovery, Embracing Hope →

Duration:00:20:06

Voices from Israel: Personal Reflections from Israel’s South

12/5/2023
Shlomit Somech-Lehmann is CEO of Al Baqour, a Good People Fund grantee using innovative approaches to early childhood education to empower Israel’s challenged Bedouin community in Israel’s Negev. In this very personal conversation with GPF Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger, Shlomit shares stories of loss and hope from October 7 and the weeks since. This is … Continue reading Voices from Israel: Personal Reflections from Israel’s South →

Duration:00:15:08

Voices from Israel: For the Trans and Gender Diverse Community, Support through Crisis

11/28/2023
Brit Ha’Leviot — a Good People Fund grantee in Israel — works to protect and promote the rights and well-being of trans and gender diverse youth and their families, and educate institutions like schools, and greater Israeli society. Co-Founder Merav Livni Keish speaks to GPF Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger about how the organization is adjusting … Continue reading Voices from Israel: For the Trans and Gender Diverse Community, Support through Crisis →

Duration:00:17:03

Voices From Israel: Helping Asylum Seekers in Israel During the War

11/18/2023
In this second episode of Voices From Israel, Good People Fund Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger welcomes and introduces Julie Fisher as GPF’s new Director of Engagement. Julie was the Founder and Director of the Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers, and describes challenges to the asylee population in Israel before and since Oct. 7, … Continue reading Voices From Israel: Helping Asylum Seekers in Israel During the War →

Duration:00:19:10

Voices from Israel: Addressing Trauma in Israel

11/13/2023
Sahar — a Good People Fund grantee — has for more than two decades offered volunteer-based online support to Israelis experiencing mental and emotional distress. Since the horrific attack on Israel on October 7, the organization has geared up to meet unprecedented need for its services. In this first episode of Voices from Israel, GPF … Continue reading Voices from Israel: Addressing Trauma in Israel →

Duration:00:18:23

The Good People Fund (un)conference: Artist, Activist and Educator Jon Adam Ross on the Power of our Stories

9/18/2023
As The Good People Fund (un)conference approaches, our guest is featured speaker Jon Adam Ross — a New York-based artist, activist and educator, and co-founding artist and Executive Director of the In(HEIR)itance Project. In this dynamic episode, Jon describes the power of harnessing our stories and narratives to fuel and deepen our work and advance … Continue reading The Good People Fund (un)conference: Artist, Activist and Educator Jon Adam Ross on the Power of our Stories →

Duration:00:25:49

Music as Medicine

8/28/2023
After Irwin Rosenstein (z”l) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and later dementia, his wife Carol discovered that music making eased his condition and uplifted his spirits. So the two founded Music Mends Minds — a Good People Fund grantee based in Los Angeles — to create musical support groups benefiting individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and … Continue reading Music as Medicine →

Duration:00:22:15

The Good People Fund (un)conference: A Conversation with Keynote Speaker Rabbi Joel Mosbacher

7/24/2023
As The Good People Fund’s (un)conference approaches in November, our guest is Rabbi Joel Mosbacher of Temple Shaaray Tefila in NYC, host of the two-day event. Rabbi Mosbacher — who will be a keynote speaker at the (un)conference — describes its significance to the Shaaray Tefila community, and shares his compelling social action journey, one … Continue reading The Good People Fund (un)conference: A Conversation with Keynote Speaker Rabbi Joel Mosbacher →

Duration:00:25:04

In Israel, Preserving Dignity and Autonomy for the Vulnerable

6/28/2023
MARVA — a Good People Fund grantee — was founded in 2015 by Israeli attorneys and social welfare experts who wanted to assist and empower Israelis facing difficulties caring for their personal welfare, well-being and legal rights. GPF Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger speaks with Dr. Mickey Schindler and Dr. Michal Wosner of MARVA. The Good … Continue reading In Israel, Preserving Dignity and Autonomy for the Vulnerable →

Duration:00:22:06

In Israel, Combating Food Waste and Elevating Food Justice

5/30/2023
EAT — formerly known as Pesia’s Kitchen — is an Israeli non profit and Good People Fund grantee — combating food waste while elevating food justice for under-resourced populations and communities. EAT Co-Founder and President Gideon Ben Ami and EAT Executive Director Yoni Ben Ami are a father and son team inspired to make impact … Continue reading In Israel, Combating Food Waste and Elevating Food Justice →

Duration:00:27:11

Practicing English … and Finding Hope and Friendships

4/13/2023
In underserved communities in Israel, English proficiency can mean the difference between economic and social success, and stagnation. English B’Yachad — English Together — is a Good People Fund grantee making online pairings between Israeli young adults and North American volunteers to advance English language skills, create positive futures … and form friendships in the … Continue reading Practicing English … and Finding Hope and Friendships →

Duration:00:21:34

Uplifting Bedouin Children and Families in Israel

3/26/2023
In Israel’s Negev, the Bedouin community is mired in a generational cycle of economic and educational stagnation. Al Baqour — a Good People Fund grantee — is using innovative approaches to early childhood education and family empowerment to break it … while respecting the traditional groundings of the community. GPF Executive Director Naomi Eisenberger speaks … Continue reading Uplifting Bedouin Children and Families in Israel →

Duration:00:22:08

After a Tragic Loss, Fighting the Fentanyl Epidemic

2/27/2023
Eli Weinstock was a college student in 2021, when he died from unintentional exposure to Fentanyl. Dr. Beth Weinstock, Eli’s mother, and Olivia Weinstock, his sister, began BirdieLight — a Good People Fund grantee organization — to educate youth about Fentanyl and its lethality, and to save lives and honor Eli’s memory. They speak with … Continue reading After a Tragic Loss, Fighting the Fentanyl Epidemic →

Duration:00:24:25

Guiding Families Through Pediatric Cancer

1/30/2023
As founder of MyChild’sCancer — a GPF grantee — Oded Grinstein gives parents of children with cancer the medical knowledge and social support they need to be strong advocates for effective treatments and positive outcomes. The journey began when Oded’s infant daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that she effectively beat back. … Continue reading Guiding Families Through Pediatric Cancer →

Duration:00:18:27

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse

12/24/2022
In Israel, Shana Aaronson is the CEO of Magen for Jewish Communities, a GPF grantee organization addressing sexual abuse and exploitation in the Orthodox Jewish community. Under her leadership, the organization is making huge impact by helping and supporting survivors, raising awareness and educating in the community and beyond, and advocating for survivors in investigatory … Continue reading Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse →

Duration:00:25:38

Storytelling as the Great Connector

11/21/2022
The art of deriving and telling life stories can be the great connector — empowering individuals on the edges of society, bridging divides in communities, and advancing social justice. Cara Solomon is a former journalist establishing and practicing this approach as Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Boston, a GPF grantee. She describes the impact … Continue reading Storytelling as the Great Connector →

Duration:00:22:05

In Israel, A Unique Model to Help Individuals in Emotional Distress

10/24/2022
For individuals in emotional distress — including those with suicidal tendencies — an empathetic advocate trained to gauge the severeness of need can be a bridge to a positive outcome. SAHAR — a GPF grantee — is a volunteer-driven Israeli non-profit organization using a unique tech model as a form of intervention. GPF Co-Founder and … Continue reading In Israel, A Unique Model to Help Individuals in Emotional Distress →

Duration:00:23:15

For Vulnerable Youth and Families, Filling Voids and Changing Outcomes

9/19/2022
For underserved and vulnerable youth and families involved in the juvenile court or child welfare systems in Massachusetts, resources as varied as a bus fare, a laptop, even a bed, can tilt the balance toward improved systemic and personal outcomes. Anne Bader-Martin is a juvenile court attorney who founded One Can Help — a Good … Continue reading For Vulnerable Youth and Families, Filling Voids and Changing Outcomes →

Duration:00:25:05