Member Musings

In these reflections, members share insights about cool conferences they’ve attended; events they’ve organized; courses in which they’ve participated; presentations they’ve given; business challenges they’ve surmounted; and more. Have a read and get inspired!

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ROI Reflections: The road from, and back to, Saloniki

"I am Salonica," explained Rena Molcho to our group of 30 ROIers and Connection Point participants, eight talented Israelis well-known in the music industry (among them, Berry Sakharof, Ehud Banai and Shai Tzabari), and a team of ten educators from the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva. Molcho is a historian. She led one of the tours and a Jewish history session during the ROI Thessoloniki Delegation in mid December, 2016. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Molcho was one of the first Jewish children born in Thessaloniki, Greece (also known as Salonica), after WWII.

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What ROIers Can Do About Aleppo

By now, we've probably all seen coverage of the atrocities in Syria all over our newsfeeds. Hopefully, we're left asking the question: what can I do? In light of recent discussions amongst ROIers, we wanted to compile some ideas for how we can all get involved. 

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How Omri Marcus Uses Comedy as a Tool for Serious Change

We’ve done a lot to demonstrate how comedy can create social change: peace talks between Israeli and Palestinians comedians, a roast of the city of Jerusalem, a summit that brought together head writers of the world’s best satire shows to discuss how senses of humor differ across cultures. We broke the world record for the most international writers’ room, with 15 writers from 15 different countries writing a sketch together—which will hopefully be featured in the next season of Eretz Nehedert.

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Listening to the Sacred Sounds of Peoplehood

Growing up, Demby played violin and piano, and as he grew older he came to realize “how music can be the voice for the voiceless and music can heal the world, and I really stand behind that. I try to do things that use music to unify people,” he said. In many ways, that philosophy is one with the Sacred Music Festival, which aims not just to introduce people to new genres, but to use art, sound and creativity to foster moments of grace and forge connections.