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Leah Stern is the CST: Chief-Story-Teller for OurCrowd, the world's leading hybrid VC crowdfunding platform, which enables accredited investors around the world to invest alongside it in great start ups on the same terms. Stern is also serving as producer and anchor for the Israeli Government Press Office News in Jerusalem, as well as acting as a multi media journalist and content producer for Storyhunter, Yahoo South America, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Fisher Island Times, Detroit Jewish News, Jewlicious.com, The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel. Stern was formerly the SE Regional Director of NPH USA, a non profit organization that responds to the plight of orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. Stern has spent the past ten years as an international correspondent in the Middle East as a TV reporter, anchor and editor for IBA News in Jerusalem, Israel's only local English language news program. Stern frequently directed, produced, and filmed news features in Israel for CNN's World Report Program. Stern was embedded with the Israel Defense Forces during Israel's disengagement from Gaza; broadcasted live war reporting during the second Lebanon War from Israel's north; Conducted Inside coverage of Pope John Paul II's Funeral in Rome; Documented a two-day journey in Ethiopia with the Falash Mura. From 2010-2012, Stern was based in Rome, serving as a liaison between the Israeli government and the Vatican, producing content for the world media and social networking avenues, including Vatican TV co productions. Stern is fluent in Hebrew, conversational in Italian, proficient in HD video shooting, SLR photography and editing. Stern graduated with honors, from the University of Miami with a degree in film production and Political Science and studied abroad at the renowned Film, Arts, Music University in Prague.

Entries by Leah Stern

On Israel's 67th Birthday, Here Are 67 Reasons Why I Love Living in Israel

(120) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:30 PM

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1. The fact that you can buy a microwave or a waffle maker at the gas station.
2. Constant unasked opinion sharing and criticism.
3. Eating veggies like carrots and cucumbers raw and whole as a snack.
4. Always being...

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Overheardings at SXSW 2015

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 3:10 PM

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This is my first SX and it can be a tad bit overwhelming. With fried chicken on white bread in one hand and a Mophie in the other, I attempt to navigate the waters of the festival, which originated in the 80s and...

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Farce or Fever? US Elex vs. Israel Elex

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Co authored by Gil Hoffman

Ever wonder what Israelis think about U.S. elections? Ever wonder what Americans think about Israeli elections? If you're still reading, then we assume you won't mind us attempting to accommodate your sense of wonder from our unique vantage point nestled (or perhaps straddled) between these...

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Third Down and Free

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 12:07 PM

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Photo courtesy of Oded Balilty, AP

So I'm doing it. I'm immigrating to Israel for the third time. And to Jerusalem no less. What's that they say about always doing the same thing and expecting a different result? Well most of my...

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For Steve Sotloff: My Personal Tribute to My Friend and Collaborator

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 12:42 PM

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Steven Sotloff and I grew up miles apart in Miami and immigrated to Israel in the same year, but our first encounter took place in a smoky bar in Beirut, while on assignment covering the 2005 Cedar Revolution in Lebanon. We both loved...

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The Triple High Low Chime, Dewars on the Rocks and Other Survival Tips for Nervous Fliers

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:21 PM

I have an intense fear of flying. This is a tad problematic because I fly. A lot. In fact, I am writing these words on a particularly turbulent flight from Miami to Chicago.

My anxiety has been with me since takeoff thanks to Captain Ahab and his smugly menacing announcement...

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Miamian Makes His Hollywood Directorial Debut Next Month With 'Life After Beth'

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:28 PM

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Photo courtesy of Greg Smith

How many nice Jewish boys from Miami make it big in Hollywood? And how many of those get to write and direct a star-studded zombie movie as their first big gig? Enter 37-year-old Coral Gables native Jeff...

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Pour Yourself a Drink, Put on Some Lipstick, and Pull Yourself Together: An Ode to Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Co authored by Gina Canoniga

Ahh Valentine's Day: the holiday for lovers. And a holy day for the lovers of love. Today many of you will be giving or receiving outlandish tokens of affection. Oh what the great green dollar can buy -- except, that is, a sustainable blueprint for...

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Four Years and a Day: Remembering the Victims of Haiti's Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:50 PM

In Haitian Vodou tradition, the souls of the recently deceased slip into rivers and streams and remain there for a year and a day. Then, lured by prayers and song, they reemerge and their spirits are reborn. These souls are then reincarnated as trees, mountain tops, clouds and other natural...

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#Baseltalk: Overheard at Art Basel

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:49 AM

"So this Mandela guy that died -- can you like pull up a picture of him, I don't know who he is."

"We're thinking of expanding into Latin America."

"Ummm they don't even have Uber here."

"I don't get it." (Overheard 30 times.)

"I could do that." (Overheard 30 times.)

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Be Careful Who You Get Into Bed With

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Most Iranians were sleeping when an interim agreement regarding the country's nuclear program was reached Sunday morning at 5am local time. But, as they awoke, their sleepiness was quickly replaced with jubilation and the joy of victory. Fervent chants rose up across the land: "Success, success, today we have won!"

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Cracking One of Miami's Best Culinary Secrets

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 3:23 PM

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Photographs by Marisa Matluck

If you live in South Beach, chances are you've cracked one of Miami's secret culinary gems: the hard to crack crustaceans at Joe's Stone Crabs.

Out of towners are more than happy to battle the...

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Israeli Musician Idan Raichel Rocks Miami's World with World Music Project

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Miami, FL -- If Tel Aviv is the Miami of the Middle East, it's clear why Israeli musician Idan Raichel felt so at home Thursday night on stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Playing to a sold-out crowd, Raichel kept his performance basic: no frills or stunts, just music, energy...

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