Meet the ROI Community team!
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Justin has been with ROI Community since its inception in 2005. As a student activist growing up in Montreal, he led various grassroots initiatives aimed at making Jewish life more exciting and accessible for his peers. In 1999, he led the first Taglit-Birthright Israel trip from Canada. Justin then became the coordinator of follow-up programs for returning participants, served in several positions at the Canada-Israel Experience, and was instrumental in implementing Taglit-Birthright Israel for the initial 5,000 Canadian participants. Justin holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and a BA in political science from McGill University. He and his wife, Yael, live in Jerusalem, with their two sons, daughter and dog.
Associate Executive Director
No’a is responsible for supporting and developing ROI membership, enhancing the leadership development of its members, and all grantmaking within the ROI Community. No’a began her career as a marketing professional in the Israeli high-tech industry and later transitioned into the non-profit sector. No’a served as Associate Director of Kolot, an organization that aims to increase Jewish identity among secular Israelis through Jewish text study. She then joined the Chais Family Foundation, which worked to advance educational excellence in Israel and deepen Jewish identity. Before joining ROI, No’a worked at the Rashi Foundation where she cultivated partnerships. No’a resides in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.
Ariel maintains ROI’s social media channels, works with the communications team on foundation-wide projects, and is part of various ROI grant processes. A Philadelphia native, Ariel later went on to graduate from Brandeis University with a BA in Hebrew language and literature and minors in Hispanic studies and economics. After her studies, she worked in hadracha with lone soldiers and American high school students in Israel, and interned in Tzfat at a non-profit organization. Eventually, she decided to make Aliyah and move to Jerusalem. Ariel’s most exciting professional experiences include doing a blogging internship with her favorite Israeli music group and teaching Hebrew to lone soldiers.
Arielle is responsible for the upkeep and updating of the ROI website. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Israel in 2008. Following a year of learning at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Arielle served in the IDF as a Commander and Coordinator for the Nativ course, guiding non-Jewish soldiers through the conversion process. She then studied Jewish history and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining the ROI Community team, Arielle worked as a tour guide at the Western Wall Tunnel Tours and the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. She currently lives with her husband in Jerusalem.
ROI Summit Coordinator
Eli joined the ROI team as the coordinator for the upcoming 2016 ROI Summit. He started his career in the Jewish professional world working for teen summer programs with Young Judea, which led him to an amazing experience serving as a campus Shaliach at Hillel of San Diego. He then returned to Israel and served as director of a few long term programs for English speakers at Israel Experience, the Jewish Agency's educational tourism company. Eli holds a BA in Business and Sociology-Anthropology from Ben Gurion University and currently enjoys getting to explore every part of Israel's fascinating landscape and history as a passionate student at tour guiding school through the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Elissa graduated from Monash University with bachelor degrees in law and commerce. Soon after her admission to legal practice, Elissa made Aliyah and obtained her Israeli license to practice law. After dabbling in the commercial sphere for a couple of years, Elissa transitioned into non-profit. She's thankful for the wide range of inspirational people she works with and meets through ROI Community and appreciates that the office is just a 12 minute walk from home!
Emily made Aliyah from Florida. After making Aliyah, she pursued a Masters Degree at Hebrew University in Conflict Research. Emily’s professional career has put her at the center of the movement to foster a culture of pluralism and innovation in Jerusalem through her work on the Nir Barkat re-election campaign, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Ruach Hadasha and the Shalom Hartman Institute, among others. At ROI, she is excited to be a part of a creative team that empowers young adults to pursue their game changing ideas for the Jewish and global future. Emily enjoys cooking for her friends, running, reading a good book and spending too much time having theological debates.
Galit joined the ROI team after working at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem as International Projects Manager for nearly four years. Prior to this, she was a parliamentary assistant in Israel’s Knesset. Galit has a BA in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Gender Studies from University College London. Upon graduation, Galit returned to Israel and volunteered with the Israel Women’s Network while studying for a Coaching Certificate at Tel Aviv University. Galit lives in the city of her birth, Jerusalem, with her beautiful and growing family.
As a recent immigrant to Israel hailing from Cape Town, South Africa; Leora spent much of her time working within the broader Jewish community. Leora holds a post-graduate Honours degree in History from UCT and in 2014 she spearheaded the creation of GenerationNext a division of the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies with the mandate to provide the 18-35 year old demographic and served as its first coordinator. She was a founding resident of Moishe House CT and served as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies, UCT. She is an alumni of the Nahum Goldman Fellowship and has volunteered in numerous roles for Limmud.
Program Officer for Technology
Marcus joined the team in 2013 and oversees some of ROI's major programs including the ROI Summit and Connection Points. Previously, he worked at Masorti Olami – the World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues, as Director of Worldwide Projects where his responsibilities included fundraising, publicity, data management and missions/delegations. Originally from Leeds, UK, Marcus has a BA in Geography from the University of London. He made Aliyah in 2002, studied at the Hebrew University, worked at the Jewish Agency For Israel managing gap year programs, and also at Da’at, an educational tourism company.
The second of four daughters to parents who made Aliya from Australia and England, Odeya was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating from the religious high school for girls Pelech, Odeya served in the IDF's intelligence unit 8200 for three years. She has volunteered to join the Jewish Agency TEN project in Durban, South Africa, and looks forward to starting her university studies in the 2017 academic year. For her debut in the working world, Odeya is joining the ROI team where she looks forward to supporting young Jewish change-makers around the world.
Renana joined ROI in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience in media relations and marketing strategies. She serves as a key member of the Schusterman Foundation’s communications team applying her expertise to advance the goals and mission of the organization. Her ability to turn a vision into reality together with her creative, out-of-the-box thinking have been an asset on all projects under her direction. Born in New York but living in Israel since the age of five, Renana encompasses a wholesome blend of American culture and Israeli chutzpah. She holds a BA in Economics from Bar Ilan University and an MBA from Hebrew University.
Sarah Schonberg is a Program Officer responsible for the Community Incubator, an initiative that supports emerging social change oriented communities and their leaders. Before ROI, Sarah worked as an organizational development consultant and leadership coach. Previous to that, Sarah was the Director of Development at BBYO where she built the Friends and Alumni Network (FAN). Through FAN, Sarah raised over $10,000,000 from over 12,000 unique donors in 40 communities in six years. Prior to BBYO, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Sarah holds an MBA from Indiana University, a BA from Michigan State University, an Informal Jewish Education Certificate from Hebrew College and a Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University.
Talya joined ROI after working in the Israel offices Jewish Federations of North America and UJA-Federation of New York for nearly six years. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she made aliyah in 2006. She holds an MA in Community Leadership and Philanthropy studies from Hebrew University and a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland. Talya adores her adopted home of Jerusalem, serving as a founding board member of Jerusalem Village and unofficial taste-tester for new kosher eateries in town. Her most prized possession is a blue KitchenAid mixer, which is put to regular use preparing baked treats for Shabbat meals, elaborately-themed parties, and occasionally for no occasion at all.