Frequently Asked Questions
ROI Community is a global community of Jewish innovators created by Lynn Schusterman. Our ultimate goal is to connect dynamic, creative Jews with each other and to give them the tools, support and space they need to turn their ideas into innovative work that will change the face of Jewish life today – and tomorrow. Through our conferences, gatherings, professional development, mentorship opportunities and financial support, our members shape the Jewish future as they continue their journey as leaders, activists and change-agents.
Founded in Jerusalem in the summer of 2006, ROI is a global community of outstandingly creative individuals who have a personal vision about how to make the Jewish world a better place. ROI Community began as a partnership between Taglit-Birthright Israel and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. ROI Community is an independent non-profit organization and is a member of the CLSPN (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network).
ROI was designed to gather a cross-section of the leading innovators who are the “brains” behind local initiatives and transform them into an active, global community that will work together on the fields that motivate them in their Jewish communal engagement. The ROI creates a hub in time and space for inspiration and engagement, and serves as a springboard for long-term collaboration – both face-to-face and virtual – between ROI Community members for the betterment of the Jewish people.
ROI stands for “return on investment”, a common business term which refers to achieving a desirable outcome through wise investment. Furthermore, ro’eh in Hebrew means "shepherd," which in our tradition has always symbolized a position of leadership.
The online application process takes place 5-6 months before the Summit itself. The opening of applications and related deadlines are announced on the ROI website and via social media.
Service / Tikkun Olam
No two ROI members are identical, nor do they fit a precise mold. But many ROI Community members fall into one or more of the following categories:
• Creative and Social Entrepreneurs
• Change Agents & Community Professionals
• Connectors & Cultivators of Network Hubs
• Experts & Capacity Builders
For more information, check ROI's Eligibility Criteria.
Throughout the year, ROI offers its members various opportunities, including: Face-to-face and online networking, professional development sessions and courses and financial support. The ROI Micro Grants program offers monetary assistance to more of its members than ever before.
ROI members should stay tuned for information about getting involved in the upcoming ROI Summit.