NYC woman who provides socks to America’s homeless to join 150 Jewish social change-makers from 29 countries this Sunday

ROI Community Summit, June 24-28, 2018, Hotel Yehuda, Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, June 21 — As a student at New York University, Adina Lichtman began giving sandwiches to homeless people, only to be told that what they really needed were socks.
So Lichtman began collecting gently work socks from friends, and the project ultimately became a New York-based non-profit, Knock Knock, Give A Sock, which collects and distributes the most-needed and under-donated item and reaches more than 250,000 homeless nationwide. Her organization also organizes Shabbat dinners gathering donors and recipients, to encourage empathy and dialogue.
Now Lichtman, originally of West Orange, N.J., will join 150 of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 29 countries in Jerusalem, from Sunday through June 28, to connect with other change makers, gain new skills and find renewed inspiration at the 2018 ROI Summit. The summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
This year’s participants bring a diverse set of interests and achievements, ranging from boosting political involvement; to promoting acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Jewish community; to leveraging ‘maker’ technology to create solutions for people with disabilities; and much more. These innovators share a commitment to building a more vibrant, inviting and inclusive Jewish future for the benefit of the Jewish community and the broader world. For a full list of this year’s participants, please visit this page.
The 2018 participants hail from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Inspired by Israel’s 70th anniversary and its accomplishments over seven decades, the summit will focus on the theme of independence and the interplay between dependence, independence and interdependence.
“The 70th anniversary of the state of Israel provides a theme and framework for the journey we hope our participants will undergo during the summit, both as individuals and as a community,” said No’a Gorlin, associate executive director of ROI Community. “By bringing greater awareness to, and understanding of, our relationships with others, we aim for these leaders to walk away with a heightened sense of intention, belonging and responsibility as they continue pursuing social change in the Jewish community and around the world.”
For more details on this year’s ROI Summit, visit this page.
About ROI Community:
ROI Community is an international network of activists and change makers who are redefining Jewish engagement for a new generation of global citizens. 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. Through its capstone Summit and an innovative suite of ongoing opportunities for professional development, networking and financial support, ROI empowers its members to take an active role in shaping the Jewish future. Founded in 2006, ROI Community is part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change in their communities.

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