Dozens of young Jewish social entrepreneurs from around the world, all of whom are members of the Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY program, arrived in Israel this week to learn about technological innovation and local entrepreneurship.
Participants include Jews from a variety of places, including the United States (Washington DC, New York, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco), New Zealand, Panama, South Africa, San Diego, Singapore, El Salvador, Colombia, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Britain, Kenya and more.
REALITY empowers exceptional young people to realize their leadership potential through an immersive personal and professional development journey through Israel grounded in the Jewish charge to repair the world.
The program is an initiative 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 the Jewish community and across the broader world. Schusterman pursues its mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders.
The visit to Israel “throws [the entrepreneurs] out of their comfort zone,” Yaniv Halperin, Senior Program Officer at the Schusterman Foundation told Arutz Sheva, “and really connects them to Israel, to Jewish values, to their leadership, their identity and where it all came from and where it’s all going – and all in the context of showing Israel as a social enterprise.”
One of the entrepreneurs, Julian Bronstein from Argentina, said that this is his first visit to Israel and admitted he does not know much about the Jewish state.
“I wanted to come to this program because I want to know more about the background and the root of Jewish culture,” he said.
Another participant, Anastasia Dellacio from Washington, told Arutz Sheva, “What strikes me as making the Jewish people different is that they’re not competitive with each other. They want to help each other.”