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Empowering young leaders in a 2.0 world
Jerusalem Post ^ | July 8, 2010 | Lynn Schusterman

Posted on 07/10/2010 11:09:14 PM PDT by citizenredstater9271

I challenge my fellow philanthropists, Jewish foundations and organizations to support young leadership programs.

Do you know Yitzy? In an old Jewish joke, he meets Monday nights with a group of elderly Jewish men. Usually, they talk about world affairs, and the tone is often negative. But one day Yitzy shocks his friends: “I’ve become an optimist,” he declares.

They are stunned, until Benny speaks up: “If you’re an optimist, Yitzy, why do you look so worried.”

And Yitzy says: “You think it’s easy being an optimist?” I SMILE because I know the feeling, especially when I ponder where the Jewish community will find its next generation of leaders. But the fact is, I am an optimist, and here’s why.

This week, outside of Tel Aviv, 120 young, creative business and social entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers and artists will convene for the ROI 2010 Summit for Young Jewish Innovators. They represent more than 500 members of the ROI Community, a global network of young Jews, which we helped launch in 2006 in partnership with the Center for Leadership Initiatives and Taglit-Birthright Israel.Together we hoped ROI would energize and empower a generation of Jews who often feel cut off from the Jewish world and help them take to scale the innovative projects they believe can revitalize Jewish life.

We wanted to explore how to strengthen Jewish communal life by combining all the new tools of digital technology and the Internet with the powerful and high potential encounters built into face-toface meetings.

The results have been heartening, and we’ve learned some important lessons that might help others in their search for the Jewish leaders and activists of tomorrow.

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TOPICS: Activism; Judaism; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: israel; jews; moralabsolutes; zionism
I'm not Jewish but I admire Jews who stand with Israel now and forever. This JPost editorial shows why people who care about Israel should be supporting Jewish and Zionist leadership programs to ensure a strong Israel.
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