A digital Shmita project, Israel’s version of the radio show “This American Life, ” a global initiative promoting tourism to Jewish communities and a foundation supporting IDF soldiers who served in the Yahalom unit were awarded 2015 Natan Grants for ROI Entrepreneurs.
The Natan Fund, a giving circle for young professionals, issued its third annual round of dedicated grants for ROI Entrepreneurs, totaling $40, 000, to four ROI Community members from the United States, Israel and Latin America. These grants will kick-start projects that invite young Jews and the broader community to explore and experience diverse and creative ways of bringing Jewish values and culture into their lives.
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This grant-making partnership is generously funded by the Natan Fund to foster ROI Community members’ innovative ideas for diversifying Jewish life worldwide. The partnership between Natan and ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, was formed to connect Natan Fund’s young philanthropists with ROI members who have developed cutting-edge projects to deepen global Jewish engagement.
Founded in 2006, ROI Community is an international network of activists and change makers who are redefining Jewish engagement for a new generation of global citizens
“Over the last three years, the Natan Grants for ROI Entrepreneurs have enabled us to support exciting and innovative projects that are shaping Jewish communities worldwide, ” said Jackie Fishman, Assistant Director of the Natan Fund. “The connection between Natan’s young philanthropists and ROI Community’s creative changemakers not only enhances each network independently, but also drives us closer to achieving our shared goal of helping to transform the Jewish world for the 21st century.”
The recipients of the 2015 Natan Grants for ROI Entrepreneurs are: Digital Shmita whose ultimate goal is to produce free solutions that will allow everyone to experience Shmita (The agricultural sabbatical year in Israel) in their daily connected lives.
Israel Story (United States and Israel), a new radio program dedicated to telling the story of a different, diverse Israel. The show seeks to amplify and humanize voices that are rarely heard on the airwaves.
Judaic Tourism (Latin America), a project that works to strengthen Jewish identity through the preservation and enhancement of Jewish heritage. The project connects people with history, culture and Jewish life in cities around the world, promoting tourism to Jewish sites and communities and connecting visitors to local Jewish culture.
Yahalom Foundation (Israel), which will be the first-ever non-profit organization benefiting current and former soldiers of Yahalom, a special forces combat engineering unit in the Israel Defense Forces.