Kol hakavod to the 2011 Kivun Intensive Cohort! These 25 outstanding young professionals will spend the next five months in an intensive professional development program that will guide their career development and empower them to become change-makers in the Jewish non-profit sector. The program will get underway with the first retreat May 24-26. A series of webinars, skills trainings and networking opportunities will follow, and a final retreat will be held October 24-26. Herewith, the names and organizational affiliations of the participants … Read More »
Seth Cohen is Director of Network Development for the Schusterman Family Foundation.
“Welcome to the family.”
With these four words, Lynn cemented the change that had been percolating for several months and would send my professional life in an exhilarating, challenging and unpredictable new direction.
Rather than remain a corporate attorney and partner with a national law firm, I had decided to join the professional team of a philanthropic family possessing a broad vision of helping others realize their full potential, particularly within the two communities closest to their hearts: k’lal Yisrael—Jewish peoplehood—and the people in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The opportunity to join Team Schusterman coincides with the desire of the Foundation to embark on a new and complementary agenda of helping connect and strengthen networks of Jewish life together in ways that match the dynamic and evolving nature of today’s world—fast paced, rapidly changing, hyper connected. Read More »
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SCHUSTERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION HIRES SETH COHEN AS DIRECTOR OF NETWORK DEVELOPMENT
Cohen to spearhead an expanded approach by Foundation to reach and connect emerging networks of young Jewish adults
Washington, DC—May 3, 2011 – The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping the Jewish people flourish, announced today that Seth Cohen will join its senior leadership team as Director of Network Development.
Cohen will initiate and direct efforts by the Foundation to work with existing and emerging networks of young Jewish adults around the world, an increasingly important and influential part of the global Jewish community. His responsibilities will include identifying, animating and linking those networks and their leadership to resources that will enable them to create meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers.
“We are committed to spreading the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning by empowering young Jewish adults to take ownership of their Jewish identity and lives,” said Lynn Schusterman, chair of the Foundation. “By bringing Seth on board, we will broaden and deepen our capacity to facilitate stronger connections and relationships between the individuals, organizations and networks that comprise Jewish life today.”
Over the past decade, in response to a world defined by an accelerating pace of change and expanding opportunities for choice, the Jewish community has given rise to a wide variety of programs, initiatives and independent networks that seek to engage young adults and their peers through the many facets of their identities. The Foundation recognizes the time is ripe to begin finding ways to connect these vibrant hubs of activities, experiences and networks in service of its larger goal of building inspired, enduring Jewish communities.
Working in close collaboration with his colleagues at the Foundation, the Schusterman Foundation-Israel and the ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators, Cohen will oversee a complementary mix of programs and partnerships designed to further the Foundation’s goal of helping as many young Jewish adults as possible connect with one another and work together to build vibrant Jewish communities.
“As a community, we must be adept and nimble at adapting to the realities of the world we live in—hyper-connected, fast-paced, rapidly changing,” said Seth Cohen. “I am incredibly excited to work with a visionary philanthropist and join an experienced professional team with an evolving vision, and astute understanding, of what it will take to inspire large numbers of young Jewish adults to live rich Jewish lives in the 21st century.”
The strategic approach Cohen will develop is a natural extension of the Foundation’s efforts over the past two decades to enrich the Jewish lives of young adults. It will build on and support its continuing efforts to fund and collaborate with Jewish institutions and organizations; to incubate, pilot and launch new programs and initiatives; and to empower young Jewish innovators to create new avenues of Jewish experiences through the ROI Community.
“We are deepening our investment in the course we have been charting for more than two decades,” said Sandy Cardin, president of the Schusterman Family Foundation. “We recognize that our vision of supporting young Jews throughout their Jewish journeys now requires a broader portfolio of interwoven approaches. Given his rich experience and deep understanding of contemporary Jewish life, we believe Seth is the ideal steward for advancing this cutting-edge young Jewish adult engagement and networking strategy.”
Based in Atlanta, Cohen is an accomplished professional, activist and author on topics of Jewish communal life and innovation. His current Jewish community activities include serving as a President of Jewish Family & Career Services in Atlanta and a Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. He has also recently served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a member of the board of Joshua Venture Group, a New York-based non-profit supporting the development of outcomes-focused Jewish innovation.
For the past 13 years, Cohen has worked as an Atlanta-based attorney, most recently as a partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, leading its Atlanta corporate and M&A team with a practice that includes representing companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10 telecommunications companies. Throughout his career, Cohen has also held numerous volunteer leadership roles in the non-Jewish community, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the 24/7 Gateway Center, Atlanta’s premier program for addressing chronic homelessness, and numerous other civic initiatives, including serving as a lead attorney in a federal lawsuit protecting the voting rights of Georgia citizens. He contributes regularly to www.ejewishphilanthropy.com and can be found on Twitter at @sethacohen33.
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About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is dedicated to ensuring vibrant Jewish life by empowering young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive Jewish communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world. Established in 1987 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Foundation also provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our hometown, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and youth development.
The Foundation is part of the Schusterman philanthropic network, a global group of initiatives and organizations established by the Schusterman family to advance their charitable mission and vision of ensuring vibrant Jewish living, giving and learning. Also included in the SPN are the Schusterman Foundation-Israel and the ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators. www.schusterman.org
|Map of where the 2011 REALITY Israel participants live.|
This summer, for the third year running, Team Schusterman will join forces with the Samberg Family Foundation to bring Teach For America corps members on a 10-day trip to Israel to tour, explore, learn first-hand about the Israeli educational system and take a deeper look at the values that drive their professional aspirations and volunteerism.
Out of a record-high 415 applications, 58 corps members were selected for the 2011 REALITY Israel Experience for Teach For America Corps Members, which is scheduled for July 12-24, 2011. Participants hail from 25 of Teach For America’s 39 regions, including the Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Detroit, Eastern North Carolina, Greater Boston, Greater New Orleans, Greater Philadelphia Camden, Hawaii, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Mid-Atlantic, Mississippi Delta, New York, Rio Grande Valley, South Dakota, South Louisiana, St. Louis and Tulsa.
Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy.
The California State University system plans to resume system-wide opportunities for students to study abroad in Israel. The office of CSU Chancellor Charles Reed informed the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) and California State Assembly member Bob Blumenfield that CSU plans to allow students at CSU system schools to travel to Israel for academic programs beginning in the fall of 2012.
CSU suspended its Israel study opportunities in 2002 when the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for American citizens visiting Israel. The warning remains in effect, but many schools have found ways to reinstate their programs. Read More »
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JEWISH STUDIES CENTER MEETS $6 MILLION CHALLENGE GRANT
AUSTIN, Texas – The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies has matched a $6 million grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, ensuring the continued growth of Jewish studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
Over the past five years, the center has emerged as a nexus for the study of Jewish thought, culture and history, with an emphasis on the often-understudied areas of Jewish life in the Americas. By successfully raising the money to match the grant, the center will be able to hire new faculty, expand course offerings and community programs, and reinvigorate an annual speaker series that brings luminaries of Jewish art, ideas and culture to Austin.
“The Schusterman Center continues to thrive on all fronts, making The University of Texas at Austin an important hub of Jewish scholarship and study,” says center director Robert Abzug, the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and American Studies. “We’ve developed a unique niche that leverages our location and expertise and allows our professors to tell the untold stories of Jewish communities throughout the Americas. The generosity of our many supporters—especially the Schusterman and Gale families—allows us to expand that role.”
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation supports Jewish causes around the world. It made its $6 million challenge grant to the university in 2006.
“We are thrilled that the University of Texas is now one giant step closer to establishing a world-class center of Jewish studies from which thousands of students of all backgrounds and religions will be able to access a rich education in Jewish history, tradition and culture,” says foundation Chair Lynn Schusterman.
The Schusterman Center was able to match the grant through contributions from University of Texas at Austin alumni and the Beaumont-based Gale Foundation, which has committed more than $1 million. That money will be used to establish two new professorships and revive the Gale Lecture Series, which was a major campus event for more than 25 years.
Founded by Edwin and Becky Gale, the Gale Foundation has historically been the largest benefactor of Jewish studies at the University of Texas at Austin, establishing an endowment in the 1970s that funded a chaired professorship. That chair, and another endowed chair in the College of Liberal Arts, will now be brought into the Schusterman Center.
The Schusterman Center receives virtually no funding from the college, university, or state.
“These generous contributions ensure that Jewish studies will remain a vital part of life on campus and that all of our students can take challenging and dynamic courses from top professors,” says College of Liberal Arts Dean Randy L. Diehl.
“Our groundbreaking focus on Jewish life in the Americas will translate directly into a stronger education for University of Texas at Austin students,” says president William Powers. “The Schustermans, Gales and our network of generous alumni have made this all possible.”
More than 650 University of Texas at Austin students take Jewish studies courses each year.
About the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin provides a multi-disciplinary Jewish Studies curriculum for students at the University of Texas and an innovative crossroads for research on the study of Jewish life in the Americas, its place in Jewish history, and its contemporary and future relationship to the State of Israel. www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/scjs/
Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy.
|Schusterman Center Director Robert Abzug (left)
and University of Texas at Austin Dean, Randy Diehl.
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies (SCJS) at the University of Texas at Austin has matched a $6 million grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, ensuring the continued growth of Jewish studies at the school. The additional funds will enable them to hire new faculty, expand course offerings and community programs, and reinvigorate an annual speaker series that brings luminaries of Jewish art, ideas and culture to Austin. More than 650 students are enrolled in Jewish studies courses each year.
The Center, a nexus for the study of Jewish thought, culture and history, places emphasis on the often-understudied areas of Jewish life in the Americas – in particular, Latin American Jewish Studies. Read More »
Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy.
For the first time, ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators will be welcoming new members from Colombia, Croatia, Hong Kong, Panama and Sweden when over a hundred of the Jewish world’s most dynamic young adults converge in Jerusalem for the 2011 ROI Global Summit in June.
“This year’s new members are an amazing group of connectors and creators who are contributing to the world and making their communities more exciting and engaging,” said ROI Executive Director Justin Korda. “They include social entrepreneurs, Jewish community professionals, expert trainers and capacity builders. Together with the 550 veteran ROIers in over 40 countries, they will be impacting the Jewish world for the coming century.” Read More »
Cross-posted from the ROI Community.
This Pesach, when you are celebrating your freedom, with family and friends, take a minute and think of Gilad Shalit. This year he is in captivity, but next year, we hope Gilad too will be free to celebrate with his friends and family. Why don’t you take a minute to write him and tell him.
Last year, the Shalit family visited us at the 2010 ROI Summit. We spoke about how we could make a difference. Today with your help this Campaign (MeetGilad.com) can realize the vision so many of us had when we met with members of the Shalit family as they marched to Jerusalem last year. So please, join us. Write your message to Gilad, as part of the ROI Community, here. Sign up your own organization in English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, or Romanian (and please list ROI as your parent organization). Once you have signed up you will get a referral link you can share with others. Share the information available here about this campaign with others. See the other ways you can help. Get involved, get others involved, and between now and the anniversary of his capture in June, let’s make this campaign into a global success! Read More »
700 TEENS FROM GAZA-BELT COMMUNITIES WILL BE TREATED TO THE JUSTIN BIEBER CONCERT
Young Jewish innovators partner with Jewish philanthropists to make it happen
(April 11, 2011) When the missiles and mortars began falling again on Sderot and other besieged Gaza-belt communities last week, social entrepreneur Nir Kouris went into high gear to give local teens a break. He immediately approached ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators, where he is a member, with an idea to find the funding to bring 700 kids to the Justin Bieber concert Thursday night. The Schusterman Foundation in Israel, The Morningstar Foundation, a private family foundation based in the Washington, DC area, and ROI Community responded with lightning speed. This enabled the entire project to move quickly.
“I feel blessed to partner with The Morningstar Foundation to counter the din of missiles and mortars with the exuberance of rock music for these young Israelis,” said Lynn Schusterman.
Impresario Gad Oron, the Bieber concert producer, agreed to provide discounted tickets for the children from the southern communities. The Israel Association of Community Centers is identifying and chaperoning teens in Sderot, Shaar Hanegev, Ofakim, Merchavim, Gan Yavneh, Shafir, Yoav, Yavneh and Kiryat Malachi, as well as providing buses.
Justin Korda, ROI Community’s executive director, emphasized the speed and dynamism of the operation, despite the daunting logistics. “We’re a global network with Israel at the center,” he said from ROI headquarters in Jerusalem. “Our member identified an opportunity to bring some joy where it’s urgently needed and, thanks to The Schusterman Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation and the Israel Association of Community Centers, we will be able to give these kids an unforgettable evening.”
About The Schusterman Foundation – Israel (SFI)
The Schusterman Foundation – Israel (SFI) was created by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) in January 2006, in order to achieve greater impact for the Schusterman family’s philanthropy in Israel. For twelve years prior to the establishment of SFI, CLSFF directed philanthropic activities in Israel from its base in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
About The Morningstar Foundation
The Morningstar Foundation is a family foundation based in the Washington D.C. area which awards grants to pre-selected organizations dedicated to strengthening the Jewish community in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world.dedicated to strengthening the Jewish community in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world.
About ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators
ROI is a global community of young Jewish innovators that was created by Lynn Schusterman. ROI’s objective is to cultivate an international network of young Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s who are at the forefront of local, global and virtual initiatives that offer innovative and diverse paths for connecting to Jewish life.
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