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July 23rd, 2014

During this time of painful conflict, we are inspired by the spirit and resilience of the people of Israel and moved by those around the world who are mobilizing to help. All of us at the Schusterman Family Foundation and ROI Community have been either living or closely following the events in Israel over the past several weeks. We are heartbroken by the loss of life and hope for a speedy end to the hostilities and lasting resolution to the conflict.

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July 17th, 2014

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ROI Community member Paola Salem, together with Mariano Schlez, Damian Beker and Maximiliano Klein, received a $5,000 #MakeItHappen micro grant to pursue their Jewish Connect at the World Cup project. Jewish Connect engaged hundreds of Jewish sports fans in Jewish programming in Brazil in 2014.

#MakeItHappen asked young Jews from around the world to submit ideas for what they would do to create a meaningful experience in their Jewish communities. With the support of several community partners, more than 150 ideas were selected to receive a $1k or $5k micro grant to help them go from dream to reality! 

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El Mundial de Fútbol es el evento deportivo más importante a nivel mundial. Fanáticos del deporte…, fanáticos del fútbol quedan atrapados durante un mes a cada uno de los partidos.

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July 16th, 2014

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Rachel is currently pursuing a Master’s in Oral History from Columbia University, where she studies Jewish history and collective memory. In her free time she runs And You Shall Tell, an oral history project exploring the diversity of the Jewish, New Yorkish world.

Rachel’s idea to host a Jewish storytelling contest was recently chosen to receive a $1,000 #MakeItHappen micro grant! #MakeItHappen asked young Jews from around the world to submit ideas for what they would do to create a meaningful experience in their Jewish communities. With the support of several community partners, more than 150 ideas were selected to receive a $1k or $5k micro grant to help them go from dream to reality! 

Describe your #MakeItHappen project idea and how it came to life.         

Last May, I launched the project And You Shall Tell as a venture with PresenTense. The goal of this project was to explore Jewish New York through storytelling and portrait photography and to use storytelling as a way to bring together Jews from diverse communities.

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July 14th, 2014

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 Aviva Klein, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a lifestyle and potrait photographer. Her profound interest in her subject’s stories, struggles, and aspirations is evident in the hopeful and haunting nature of her work.

Aviva’s idea to photograph and raise awareness of agunot was chosen to receive a #MakeItHappen micro grant! #MakeItHappen asked young Jews from around the world to submit ideas for what they would do to create a meaningful experience in their Jewish communities. With the support of several community partners, more than 150 ideas were selected to receive a $1k or $5k micro grant to help them go from dream to reality! 

 This interview was  originally published by The Jewish Daily Forward and conducted by Tova Ross.

For the past several months, the subjects standing before Aviva Klein’s camera have not been the usual assortment of musicians, celebrities and fashion labels who hire her for their album artwork or style shoots, but agunot, women who are chained in marriages they no longer wish to be a part of thanks to a halachic structure where one gender holds the power.

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July 9th, 2014

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Jon Marker is a Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation, which supports education of Jewish youth and young adults in the United States. From December 2013 – March 2014, Schusterman and Jim Joseph Foundation hosted #NetTalks: Alumni Engagement Series, which was a free, five-part webinar series for Jewish professionals who want to tap into the power and potential of alumni networks. For more information on this series, please visit our #NetTalks page.

Over a five-month period, practitioners and funders in Jewish education and engagement came together through webinars focused on alumni engagement to answer an overarching question: What are the best strategies to build, mobilize and engage effective alumni networks? 

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July 3rd, 2014

This week, Jumpstart—a philanthropic research and design lab—released the latest report in the Connected to Give series, all of which are based on the National Study of American Religious Giving and American Jewish Giving. Connected to Give: Community Circles is the fifth installment in the series and combines quantitative and qualitative data to bring new insight to the philanthropic phenomenon of giving circles, outlining the demographics of giving circle participation and examining how people explore and express shared identities through collaborative giving.

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July 2nd, 2014

This story comes to us from AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, which works to strengthen the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. This post originally appeared on the AVODAH blog.

Michal David shared these remarks about her experience with AVODAH at a recent Chicago Partners in Justice event.

My name is Michal David and I am from Sunnyvale, California. My AVODAH placement is at Heartland Human Care Services, where I work as a housing case manager in a permanent supportive housing program for individuals who have previously experienced homelessness and have a disability.

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July 1st, 2014

David Rittberg is a Senior Program Officer at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. David Cygielman is the Founder and CEO of Moishe House.

The Jewish community needs more stories like Ofir Barashy’s. At 22, Ofir felt disconnected from organized Jewish life until a close childhood friend introduced him to Moishe House, an organization that empowers Jews in their 20s to create vibrant home-based communities for themselves and their peers.

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June 30th, 2014

This story comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, dedicated to creating opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni to continue to experience the best of their trip even after they have returned.

Eric Woodward is a rabbi at Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the first cohort of the NEXTwork Hub, which brings together young engagement professionals in the Ohio River Valley.

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Hanging out in hipster coffee shops talking about loss: This is the outreach work of a rabbi in 2014.

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June 27th, 2014

Ailsa Wu, a member of Temple Emunah, shares her story as part of Keshet’s celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. Keshet works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life.

This post originally appeared on Keshet’s blog on MyJewishLearning.

Pride and community go hand in hand. For a good part of my life, I didn’t have much of either.

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