ROI120 2.0

Jewlicious is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2007 ROI Summit taking place in Jerusalem from July 2 – 5. For those of you who don’t know, the ROI Summit’s intention is to bring together young Jews from around the world who are committed to community and innovation for 4 days of networking, brainstorming and shmoozing in Jerusalem. There is an application process and all non-Israel based participants will receive free airfare to Israel as well as accommodation and meals. But more importantly they will become part of an international network, a vanguard, hell bent on affecting and reshaping the Jewish community into something… better? Already last year’s ROI Alumni have accomplished amazing things and they turned up en masse to participate in Leading Up North. One could hardly ignore their presence at the Jewlicious Festival as well. More on that later, but for now, check out the new ROI120 Web site, find out more about this conference and by all means apply or pass this information on to any prospective applicants you might know. Remember – innovate, negotiate, network – and a free trip to Israel, so get on it as applications will only be taken until May 27th

Just so you know, ROI is an international partnership between Taglit-birthright israel and the Center for Leadership Initiatives, a U.S. based foundation funded by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Me? All I did was design the site and make some suggestions here and there. You? Go on. Change the friggin world.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • To those that have gone, I’m looking for a little bit of information on this seminar. I am very interested in this, but I’m unsure if I’d fit in the appropriate mold. At the same time, I might be in the target market.

    I have a long history of volunteering with my local JCC, Federation, AEPi, BBYO, and my synagogue.

    I like to stay active, but I’m not sure what my requirements would be after I get back from the conference. Is this something for hard core Jewish Communal Service majors? I’m not sure that I would qualify as an “activist” or “hell bent on affecting and reshaping the Jewish community.”

    I work hard, I contribute, I volunteer, and I effect change in my little corner of the world, but hell-bent? I’m not so sure.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

  • I think ck and others who can respond are already in shabbat (they’re in Israel), so you may have to re-visit in a couple of days for more information. In my opinion, you should apply anyway.

  • OK I may have overstated the “hell bent” thing. Totally unofficially and based solely on my observations, you do not have to be a Jewish Communal Service Major. In fact, your activism does not have to be Jewish at all. In double fact you don’t even need to be an activist – some of the people chosen last year were artists, musicians, business people, tech people etc.

    I think what’s most important is that you have something to contribute – and that can be based on stuff you’ve done etc. and that you show a willingness to participate with at least insite and commentary beyond the conference – that this is a community that you would like to be a part of.

    I hope that clarifies things. We’re definitely looking for unique individuals… not your typical “go to every Jew conference, visit every Jew Web site, read every Jew publication” kinds of people.

  • This is not BS. I happen to be aware of an individual who has recently been hired by this org.

    The ind. did not have a classic background per se for this type of thing but is intensly intelligent and passionate about this subject and I consider this to be an excellent org. choice.

  • Please do Oyster! And don’t forget to let them know where you found out about this. Also, feel free to spread the word – I met lots of really cool people from the Bay area thanks to you and I’m sure more than a couple might be interested.

  • Can I make a tiny suggestion? It may be worthwhile to put up a French-language version of the site — I notice there were no participants from France last year, and I am thinking that even if everything happens in English, just having the info out there in French would get people applying. If you need help translating, put out the word, and I may just volunteer to put an oar in…

  • Thanks guys – I think I’ll go ahead and apply. I certainly have something to contribute. I”m retiring from my nearly 5 year post as an advisor for BBYO, as well as a 2 year stint on the board of my synagogue, and maybe this will spur me on to my next project.

  • Several questions:
    1. That is a long form to fill out but there is no way to save the form for later. Is there another way to fill out the form?

    2. When is the deadline for applying?