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ROIers in the News

ROI Community  /      03/14/11
A huge congratulations goes out to ROIers who were involved in projects that were awarded grants from the Jewish New Media Fund. 

The following ROIers are involved in projects below, and we are very proud of them! Congrats to David CygielmanRebecca KarpSarah LeftonEileen Levinson and Matthue Roth. (If we accidentally forgot to include your name, please let us know!)

 The following was originally posted on eJewishPhilanthropy.


Jewish New Media Innovation Fund Awards $500,000 to Digital Media Projects

Jim Joseph, Righteous Persons and Schusterman Family foundations invest in new media innovation designed to shape American Jewish life and learning for 21st century;
9 projects selected from diverse pool of 300+ applicants

The Jewish New Media Innovation Fund, a pilot program of the Jim Joseph, Righteous Persons and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family foundations, announced today that over $500,000 in grants and technical support will be awarded to nine digital media projects designed to engage 18 – 40 year olds in Jewish life, learning, culture and community.

The selected projects are diverse in the tools and technologies they will use to empower Jews to interact with, share, build and explore Jewish life. They include virtual communities, mobile applications, websites, video series, a data management system, a digital music platform and interactive holiday and liturgy translators.

In its pilot year, the portfolio offers a mix of project types, including:

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ROI Community  /      03/06/11
Check out this amazing video of 100 young Israelis dancing in the desert in honor of Purim, led by ROI member Inbar Amir.

 
 
This video is brought to you by Ein Prat - The Israeli Academy for Leadership.
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Michelle Rojas-Tal  /      03/02/11
The Avi Schaefer Symposium in partnership with StandWithUs and sponsored by Hillel, MASA and others, took place on February 27th in Jerusalem.

The symposium left participants with one clear message in mind: The power of one. Avi Schaefer's incredible story inspired the over 200 participants, mainly students from North American college campuses, reminding them that each of them has the power to make a difference.

Avi's life came to a tragic and sudden end last year after being killed by a drunk driver at Brown University. His passion for Israel and his desire to protect the Jewish state and educate towards peace was his motivation not only as a volunteer combat soldier in the IDF, but something that drove him as he began his studies at Brown.

The symposium, in memory of Avi, was an event aimed at educating and motivating students in Israel to follow in Avi's model and prepare themselves for campus life, where regrettably, the discourse on Israel has taken a turn for the worse; criticism of Israel is often deeply saturated in hate speech and double-standards.
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Naomi Less  /      03/01/11
My fans and readers are familiar with inspiring pieces I share that are written by others about gender, sexuality and girl empowerment. But recently, I have been blogging with discouragement about women’s under-representation in Jewish communal endeavors and initiatives. (Click here for the original blog post). Based on four events in the last six months, and the unsatisfactory responses I have received, I am committed to working on this, even as my speaking out comes at some risk to my own musical career.

Here is a round-up of recent communal lapses of judgment on the gender front, the suggestions I offered, and the lack of follow-up from some of our communal leaders.

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Esther Kustanowitz  /      02/23/11
Drawing On Tradition: The Book of Esther: Original drawings from Megillat Esther by JT Waldman

6th in the City Shabbat, March 11, 2011. (For information about attending this service, click here.)

Exhibit on view: February 25 – April 29, 2011
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ROI Community  /      02/10/11

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February 6, 2011 by eJP  

Natan has announced the awarding of over $950,000 to 47 emerging nonprofit organizations and individuals around the world that are working to strengthen the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Information on all of the 2011 Grants is available on the grants page of the Natan website.

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David Cygielman  /      02/01/11
This article is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy.

Innovation has certainly been a very popular buzzword over the past two years. Not just in the Jewish community, but in every aspect of promotion and advertising, we continue to hear about the benefits of innovation. Ranging from car commercials to the President’s State of the Union, innovation is clearly seen as a huge benefit. The overarching question, however, is, “What is innovation?” Although I didn’t think about being an innovator when I created Moishe House, I have since sat on many panels discussing the topic and we have even received generous funding targeted towards innovation. So, how can innovation be pushed and nurtured?

In a nutshell, innovation to me is not necessarily creating something new but rather, finding a new way to meet an existing need. For example, Google is innovative because it built a new way to find information, far superior to its predecessors, such as Encyclopedia Britannica.

With all this excitement around innovation, how do we know if our innovative ideas are effective? How can we best support it without just throwing money at buzzwords for the sake of feeling like we are keeping up with the times, even if it is artificial? The following begins to address these critical questions:

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ROI Community  /      01/24/11
Cross posted from eJewishPhilanthropy.com

A new website aimed at mobilizing world Jewry, governments and community organizations against the proliferation of online anti-Semitism is being launched today.

The Austrailian based Community Internet Engagement (CIE) site was developed by social media expert Andre Oboler.

According to Oboler, the CIE will be a hub for research, education, technology support and advocacy. He tells us, “Changes in technology, particularly in Internet technologies and web 2.0 (Blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc), require community organizations to invest heavily or risk becoming out of touch. Few around can afford that investment, especially given the rate of technological change.

Much of the best practice is yet to be discovered. What we know, however, is that the Internet is now a social medium. It is about sharing, it is about cooperation and it is about communities and community organizations are well placed to harness the power of the Internet to support their activities and further their objectives.”

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Esther Kustanowitz  /      01/19/11
You may have seen the article in the New York Times this weekend about Reboot, a program which - among other offerings not deeply explored by the Times piece - conducts an “annual conference for young, affluent Jews to discuss their ethnic and religious identity.”

The piece - titled “You’re Young and Jewish: Discuss,” has prompted many comments and discussions: some celebrating open space technology as an effective way to involve conference-goers in the content of a conference; others criticizing Reboot’s exclusive nature and calling in-person gatherings “self-indulgent” or “navel-gazing.” Still others noted the placement of the article - in the “Fashion & Style” section of the Times - why wasn’t it in the Religion section?
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ROI Community  /      01/03/11
The JTA has just come out with their second annual "JTA Twitter 100" list. It is clear from the list that ROIers have made their marks as leaders in the social media/Jewish world.

Congrats to the following ROIers who made the JTA 100 Twitter list:
Dan Sieradski (@mobius1ski)
Anja Waleson (@anjawaleson)
Annie Lumerman (@sixthandi)
Eli Valley (@elivalley)
Maya Norton (@mayanorton)

Our own Esther Kustanowitz (@estherk) ranked 15 on the list- and is sure to continue to rise following her exciting journey to Limmud UK.

We also recommending checking out @EJPhil, @religion_state, @sethacohen33, and @jewlicious.

Check out the JTA article to see how which analytics and metrics were used to create this list.
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