Rob Schlissel grew up in Orange, CT, where he was active in USY, attended and worked at URJ Camp Harlam and studied theater at a performing arts high school. Rob attended NYU, majoring in music business. During his freshman year, he helped re-establish Alpha Epsilon Pi, the international Jewish fraternity, and took on many leadership roles. Rob was also very involved with the Bronfman Center. Throughout college he held internships at some of New York’s most renowned live music venues. Following graduation, Rob moved to Israel to study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and David Shapell’s yeshiva. Upon returning to New York, he created a position for himself developing new business as a Senior Producer at Empire Entertainment, an event and entertainment production company where he had previously interned. Rob is a member of the Darchei Noam Young Professionals Committee and the Young Leadership Committee for AFMDA, volunteers with Jewish Heart for Africa and Jewish National Fund. He is building a young professional minyan in his neighborhood. In celebration of American Jewish World Service’s 25th Anniversary, Rob produced a short video, directed by Judd Apatow, that features over 20 celebrities to promote AJWS’s mission while encouraging people to volunteer and donate. The campaign broke boundaries in both reach and content. The video has been viewed by over 1 million people and far exceeded fundraising expectations. This is just one example of how Rob utilizes events and entertainment as mediums to create greater community involvement and encourage social action. As an event producer, he works with clients to develop, design and produce meaningful and engaging experiences. As Senior Producer, one of his main focuses is business development within the Jewish and Israeli communities, which allows him to combine his professional career with his personal interests.