Saturday, December 20, 2014

Micro Grants

Liana Jagniatinsky  /      11/04/14
Liana Jagniatinsky is a Jewish activist living in Lithuania. She works in the field of communication and at the same time leads the Lithuanian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce. A few years ago, she founded a Jewish women's organization in Vilnius. Liana has been a member of ROI Community since 2010. She is also actively involved in some other global and local non-profit Jewish organizations.

Over 60 young, enthusiastic, intelligent, dedicated people from 20 countries gathered this year in the Paideia (the European Institute for Jewish studies in Sweden) alumni conference. 
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Mladen Petrov  /      11/03/14
Eszter Lanyi is a social entrepreneur in the field of Jewish education and culture and occasional photographer from Budapest, Hungary. Mladen Petrov, her partner for this ROI project, is a journalist with a thing for social media, originally from Bulgaria, who now lives in Warsaw, Poland.

One recent Friday afternoon Eszter and I found ourselves in an usual situation. 
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Daniel Konskier  /      10/23/14
Daniel Konskier is partner in a startup studio called Polo Marte and has been coordinating the Digital Marketing department of the studio. He has been searching for inovations in his area and how to support the studio products with his knowledge.
 
Had it not been for ROI Community, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to start this MBA. Thanks to the Micro Grant program I was able to start paying the tuiton for my Digital Marketing MBA.

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Lizzi Heydemann  /      10/23/14
Lizzi Heydemann, 33, is a native Chicagoan, and the founder of Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual community in Chicago started in 2011 whose purpose is to engage, educate, connect and inspire people through dynamic experiences of Jewish learning, prayer and community-building.
 
I wanted to go rabbinical school because I thought that the job of rabbi was the natural role for someone like me who enjoyed practicing and teaching Judaism, who enjoyed leading services, public speaking, and the spiritual rigor of a daily practice. The five years I spent in rabbinical school from 2005-2010 pushed me in all the right ways - I grew in observance, knowledge and a sense of humor about the Jewish project. I grew in a network of friends, mentors and community leaders around the country and around the world who were doing interesting things with Judaism.
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Heather Wilk  /      10/23/14
Heather Wilk is the Founder of Straight But Not Narrow, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.
 
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a four minute long video is worth, well, like, a bazillion words! Thanks to the Micro Grant we applied for, we were able to get a team of videographers and an editor to help us tape and edit a video of a big fundraiser we hold each year. 
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Omer Zerahia  /      10/23/14
Omer Zerahia, is Founder and Co-Owner of WI:PARTY. With an ROI Micro Grant to attend Junction Paris in May 2014.
 
במאי 2014, טסתי לפריז על מנת להרצות בכנסJunction Paris - Connecting the Dots, כנס שקיבץ כ-150 יזמים ויזמיות יהודיות צעירות (יחסית) מרחבי אירופה (וכן, ישראל זה אירופה.. אולי לא ברמת הכדורגל, הנימוס, המשאבים, מזג האוויר והמנטליות, אבל אירופה).
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Jason Hutt  /      10/23/14
Jason Hutt is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His company Oxbow Lake Films creates feature length independent documentaries and short films for a diverse roster of not for profit clients such as MoMA and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

I received a GO NETWORK! Micro Grant to attend "documentary day" at the week-long IFP Filmmaker Conference in New York City. 
 
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Jean-Paul Le  /      10/02/14
Jean-Paul Le is a healthcare supply chain consultant based in NYC. He volunteers as a speaker and staff leader for Taglit-Birthright Israel.
 
As I transition away from a career in supply chain management, I have been drawn to the skills, knowledge and interpersonal connections made possible by bartending. Many of my closest friends in the local Jewish community frequently meet up for post-work drinks at a local bar, and we’ve come to know our bartender very well. 
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Andrea Ausztrics  /      09/10/14
Andrea Ausztrics is a pre-doctorate researcher about Jewish museums, a video artist and a producer who has worked as a freelancer for more than ten years. She is part of different initiatives all around the Jewish globe such as ROI, the Muslim Jewish Conference, Marom Budapest, Dor Hadas (as a Board Member), the European Masorti Movement and the MiNYanim Group.

I applied for the Go Learn! Micro Grant, which is a Go Research! category in my specific case.
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Sarah Chandler  /      09/10/14
Sarah Chandler, who participated in the first cohort of ROI in 2006, is the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice at Hazon. She is also a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, spiritual leader, and blogger. Recently, Sarah completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s “Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training.” She will be ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew priestess) in July 2015.

What if I told you that the answers to the questions of daily life were hidden in plain view?
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