Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Day 3 - Meet The ROIers - Bill Clinton Day

On this day in 1994, Former President Bill Clinton presided over the signing of the Washington Declaration, which heralded the start of negotiations between Israel and Jordan, culminating in the signing of a peace treaty in October that same year.

Since leaving office in 2001, Bill Clinton has involved himself in various issues of global importance, and a number of our ROI Community members have been lucky enough to meet and gain inspiration from him:

Shawn Landres is the CEO of Jumpstart, a research & design laboratory that the Jerusalem Post declared had "changed the global converstaion about Jewish innovation". Shawn earned his footnote in history when he suggested what went on to become the theme tune to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" (Thinking About Tomorrow).

Eli Winkelman is the founder of Challah for Hunger, which brings people together to bake and sell challah, to raise money for good causes. After presenting Bill Clinton with a foil wrapped challah, Eli merited a mention in Clinton's book "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World". 

Whilst at university in Mexico, Dina Buchbinder-Auron managed the 'Jewish Journeys' program, which enabled students to showcase Jewish life through a variety of creative media. In 2007, she founded 'Deport-es para Compartir' (Sports to Share), a program that uses sport to teach children about important global issues and values.

Ilja Sichrovsky is the Founder and Secretary of the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC). The third annual MJC was held in Slovakia earlier this month. The conference hosted 106 interfaith young professionals and students, 46 of whom are Muslim, 51 Jewish and 9 from other faiths. 

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