One hundred fifty-one of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 30 countries spanning six continents convened in Jerusalem to reflect, ideate and collaborate at the 2019 ROI Summit, which concluded this past weekend. The five-day summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
For over a decade, ROI Community has convened some of the most promising young Jews from around the world, providing a platform for them to challenge each other and develop their visions for change. Through the annual summit and a suite of year-round opportunities for leadership and engagement, ROI has built an intentional community of more than 1,500 activists and innovators who are committed to making the world a better place and are driven by Jewish values. The 2019 ROI Summit participants are the newest cohort of change makers to become members of the global ROI network.
This year’s ROI Summit marked ROI’s 13th signature gathering, and inspired by the Jewish tradition of 13 representing a coming-of-age year, the summit drew on the theme of responsibility. Through opportunities for deep self-reflection, knowledge sharing, artistic inspiration and more, participants were encouraged to explore and grapple with their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities and in the world at large.
“The Summit provided participants with a respite from the daily grind of the difficult work they do each day to improve the state of our communities,” said No’a Gorlin, ROI Community’s associate executive director. “We hope they are leaving us feeling recharged, re-energized and more ready than ever to lead. Change making can be a lonely pursuit, and through the Summit – and their membership in ROI Community thereafter – we aim for these activists to feel equipped with tools, support and inspiration to work together to mobilize each other and others to make positive change in our world.”
The 2019 participants hailed from: Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.