August 2017 -- Av-Elul 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 8

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Ivona Gacevic of Belgrade, Serbia, and Eric Gershman of White Plains, at the ROI Summit in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Snir Kazir).

Innovators Celebrate July 4th at the ROI Summit in Israel

Forty seven US-based 2017 ROI Summit participants and 14 residents of New York,  including Eric Gershman of White Plains, were  visiting Jerusalem for the 2017 ROI Summit,   July 2-6,  and didn’t let the distance from their country dissuade them from gathering for an impromptu July 4th celebration to mark US independence day.


The ROI Summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. A professional development gathering, its 150 participants attend the Summit to seek knowledge, partnerships and inspiration that will empower them to take an active role to help reshape the Jewish future.


ROI Summit participants are involved in a broad range of projects that are already changing the world. These include building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians; developing networks of purpose-driven Jewish leaders around the globe; working to improve life for underprivileged communities; and scores of other dynamic and visionary careers and passion projects. These innovators are committed to pursuing social change, both within the Jewish community and in society at large. They will be joining the ROI Community, a network of more than 1,200 young Jews representing over 60 countries.

Gershman is an associate in Strategy and Business Development at Disney Theatrical Group. He specializes in ‘’strategic foresight,” an innovative future-thinking initiative that harnesses industry and societal trends to prepare and protect the the organization from what lies ahead. He “strives to ensure access to the arts for people everywhere.”


The ROI community is an international network of activists and change makers who are redefining Jewish engagement for a new generation of global citizens. The 2017 participants hail from: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.


Through its capstone Summit and an innovative suite of ongoing opportunities for professional development, networking and financial support, the  ROI Community members channel a diversity of perspectives, skills and interests toward a shared passion for advancing ideas and partnerships that will strengthen Jewish communities and improve society.


Founded in 2006, ROI Community is part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change in their communities.