Saturday, August 23, 2014

Micro Grants

Guy Seemann  /      08/21/14
Guy Seemann has worked in government since the age of 16 and only recently delved into the world of entrepreneurship. Currently he is the Co-Founder and managing director of two NGOs and is starting his first, for-profit company in the field of drug development
 
For the second year in a row, I have quickly and broadly expanded my growth as a young Jewish leader due to the assistance of ROI and the Schusterman Family Foundation. Last year, I was successfully able to start Kol Oleh, a civic engagement organization meant to connect leaders to people, thereby increasing the knowledge base and interaction decision makers and decision receivers have with each other.
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Mira Marcus  /      08/21/14
Mira Marcus is the International Press Director for the most awesome brand Israel has to offer - Tel Aviv.

St. Gallen? Never heard of it. St. Gallen symposium? Double never heard of it. After I got the invitation, I started reading about this interesting conference that has been in existence for 45 years.
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Samuel Heller  /      08/21/14
Samuel Heller is an active member of the Jewish community, participating in social justice projects around the world and advocating for peace in the Middle East. He has visited Israel 11 times. He majored in history at UCLA, was part of the Ha'aretz newsroom during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and was a media fellow for the Israel Project in 2008. A public relations professional, he is currently a fellow at NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. He is also involved with Moishe House and their sister organization, Moishe House without Walls. Having attended the ROI Summit in 2009, he has participated in social activism projects throughout the world, ranging from helping Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi, to the Passover Project in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jewish people often associate Poland as a house of horrors for the Jewish people due to a long history of discrimination and the death camps during World War II.
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Aleksandra Wilczura  /      08/21/14
Aleksandra Wilczura is the Editor in Chief of "Studia Bliskowschodnie-The Middle East Studies" Magazine, an initiative based at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and dedicated to Middle Eastern Affairs.
 
I applied for an ROI GO NETWORK! Micro Grant for participation in the 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education, "Through Our Own Lens: Reflecting on the Holocaust from Generation to Generation," at the Institute of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. I did this for two reasons. First of all, I wanted to meet and network with specialists in Holocaust Studies in order to establish academic and cultural cooperation between our academic institutions.
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Adi Arbel  /      08/21/14
Adi Arbel is the founder of the Beit Midrash for Zionist Thought of the Institute for Zionist Strategies.
 
Thanks to an ROI Micro Grant, I had the honour to participate in a very unique delegation: 20 Israeli leaders, from all over the Israeli society, went together to explore the roots of Zionism and track its founding fathers.
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Sam Chester  /      08/21/14
Sam Chester has ten years of hands-on engagement in advocating and expanding ties between China and Israel and the Jewish world. He now lives in Israel, having previously worked, studied and traveled extensively in China.
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Andres Knobel  /      08/21/14
Andres Knobel is a lawyer from Argentina who is very interested in international matters, from his current work in international taxation and its effects on developing countries, to broader issues of international relations (especially related to Israel) and fostering understanding among Arabs, Muslims and Jews.
 
I applied for a Go Professional! Micro Grant to come to Berlin as an exchange student for the summer semester, as part of the masters in Law and Economics I’m doing back in Argentina.
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Caylee Talpert  /      08/21/14
Caylee Talpert is Deputy Director of the Pears Innovation for International Development Program at Tel Aviv University, which works to transform Israel into an important source of innovation and technology for solving challenges in developing countries.

I applied for a Go Connect Micro Micro Grant together with 2014 ID2 Connectors Daniel Ben Yehuda and Danielle Abraham, which I used to cover the on the ground costs of the research trip and tech hub tour in East Africa.
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Rebecca Saidlower  /      08/21/14
Rebecca Saidlower is the Director of Marketing at The Jewish Education Project and an active lay leader in New York's young professional Jewish community.

This past Spring I had the tremendous pleasure of attending the SXSW Interactive conference. The week was an incredible whirlwind experience full of new faces, new experiences and new ideas. I met talented and passionate people from all over the world, was inspired by big thinkers, and was introduced to new media and technologies, all couched in the charm and energy of Austin, Texas.
 

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Adina Navon  /      08/21/14
Adina Navon is the program manager for Young Judea Year Course, an educational and experiential gap-year program for high school graduates in Jerusalem and Bat Yam.

When I walked into the office, I was greeted by a young man with a wide smile despite my being late for our meeting. “Adina, how are you?” he welcomed me, and I was immediately put at ease. Lior proceeded to tell me about himself and explain the process we were about to embark on, all the while increasing my sense of security and faith in his abilities.
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