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We operate a suite of initiatives designed to cultivate and elevate leaders. Here’s how we empower changemakers across the globe.

Empowering leaders to repair the world

We run three programs that complement our grantmaking within the Jewish community and Israel. Through our REALITY, ROI Community and Schusterman Fellowship programs, we invest in individuals with significant leadership potential who share our commitment to building more just and inclusive organizations, networks and communities. Our program participants have access to leadership training, learning opportunities and networking that support their growth and impact.


Leaders served through REALITY, ROI Community and the Schusterman Fellowship since 2006.


Countries represented across our three programs.


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Signature Initiatives

Within our Jewish community and Israel portfolios, we run three leadership programs that complement our grantmaking.

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Schusterman Fellowship

A leadership development program for exceptional Jewish leaders committed to driving positive change in their organizations, the Jewish world, Israel and beyond.

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A transformative journey through Israel for influential leaders who work at the forefront of societal innovation and share a commitment to leading positive change.

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ROI Community

A global network that connects and mobilizes innovative Jewish and Israeli changemakers to address opportunities and challenges in Jewish communities, Israel and the world.

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When you connect young leaders from different places, backgrounds and talent areas, the potential for creativity blooms. We bring them together, and they generate the ideas and passion.
Co-President, Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Leaders Driving Change

The leaders taking part in our signature initiatives make the most of the connections, insights and opportunities our programs offer to magnify their impact and drive long-term change. Meet some of our program participants.

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Dalia Fleming

Schusterman Fellow and ROI Community member, Executive Director, KeshetUK

Get to know Dalia
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Sarah Hurwitz

Author of Here All Along and Former Head Speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama

Get to know Sarah
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Gamal Palmer

Schusterman Fellow, Senior Vice President, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Get to know Gamal
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Yotam Polizer

Schusterman Fellow and ROI Community member, CEO, IsraAID

Get to know Yotam
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Jenna Benn Shersher

ROI Community member, Founder and CEO, Twist Out Cancer

Get to know Jenna
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Eboni K. Williams

REALITY alum, Attorney, Bestselling Author & National Media Personality

Get to know Eboni K.
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7 Competencies for Effective Leadership

Effective leadership is more than hard skills and outcomes; it also requires a foundational capacity for growth and transformation. This philosophy is at the core of the Schusterman Fellowship, our signature Jewish leadership development program.

With input from experts across the Jewish leadership development and education sectors, this resource outlines seven common competencies that have helped our Fellows strengthen their capacity to successfully lead their organizations and communities—and can help leaders across all sectors build a more vibrant, just and inclusive future.

From Our Magazine

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How Jewish Communities Are Responding to the Global Impact of COVID-19

Featuring Schusterman Fellow Dyonna Ginsburg

Mass suffering at the grips of a global pandemic. Entire communities left homeless after tropical storms. Sweeping poverty as workers face widespread unemployment. These hardships are more than just headlines; they are the daily and lasting realities that millions of people across the globe experience today.

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5 Lessons from Leaders at the Forbes Women's Summit

Featuring REALITY alumni: Adi Lustig, Michal Hidas, Lior Shabo, Zo Flamenbaum and Jasmine Jones

In 2019, 45 women participated on a meaningful REALITY journey before attending the Forbes Women Under 30 Summit in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Together, they celebrated their past accomplishments and dreams for the future.

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Behind the Scenes of Israel Story: The Podcast Changing the Conversation about Israel

Featuring ROIer Mishy Harman

In 2012, four friends came together to create and produce Israel Story, a small podcast originally intended for family and friends. Today, Israel Story is known for amplifying diverse voices from across Israel, showcasing and celebrating the plurality of local communities and traditions.