They include social justice activists, artists, environmentalists, media and tech gurus, educators, Israel advocates, intercultural dialoguers and others whose projects are already impacting and invigorating Jewish communities throughout Latin America and beyond.
“We need a ‘Jewish Spring’ that transforms the Jewish world into a more inclusive and welcoming home for anyone who wants to be Jewish,” said Lynn Schusterman, who, in 2005, created ROI Community as a partnership with Taglit-Birthright Israel.
“These young change agents are key to ensuring the vibrancy of Jewish life 3,000 years down the road.”
ROI Community is an international network of 600 social entrepreneurs and Jewish innovators in 40 countries who are creating innovative ways to connect to Jewish life. Mexico City native Beto Maya, ROI Community Director for Gatherings and Recruitment, is spearheading the conference.
“This gathering spotlights Latin America’s dynamic Jewish social entrepreneurs,” said ROI Community Executive Director Justin Korda. “They are introducing inclusive, open and accessible ways of expressing Judaism. At the same time, they are fostering dialogue with society at large to encourage participation, promote diversity, and stem discrimination.”
Jewish community’s impressive diversity
ROI Community has played a key role in seeding and supporting such cutting-edge Jewish start-ups as El Toratron, Jewcology, and Jewish Salons. ROI also offers an expansive Micro Grants program to help ROI members turn ideas into actual meaningful projects.
“When it comes to developing young leaders, we need to take advantage of the Jewish community’s impressive diversity, and empower young people to use their strengths, passion, and commitment for the benefit of others,” said keynote speaker Sandy Cardin, president of The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
“The ROI Community is built to do exactly that: Bring together young Jews with a diverse set of leadership skills and enable them to connect and create together.”
In his keynote, serial entrepreneur Santiago Bilinkis, who founded Officenet, an Internet office supply company, right out of college and sold it to Staples, will share his unique perspective on Latin American entrepreneurship
At the heart of the program are professional workshops in communications, project financing, project management and technological applications, as well as peer-to-peer training and collaborative project-building sessions.