Monday, 30 July 2012

Day 6 - Meet The ROIers - The Entertainers

Today is Lisa Kudrow's 49th birthday! Her character Phoebe Buffay in Friends catapulted her into the limelight and she is now globally recognised as one of the world's most famous Jewish entertainers.

Meet The ROIers looks at seven members who are using different forms of entertainment to effect positive change in the world.

Traci Szymanski is VP at Hollywood Knights International and President of Co-Star Entertainment. She brings Hollywood celebrities on Birthright-like trips to Israel to infuse them with a greater understanding and appreciation for the Jewish Homeland.

Michelle Collins is Managing Editor of VH1's She has won two Webby awards for Best Celebrity Fan Blog and makes regular appearances on Chelsee Lately and The Tyra Banks Show.

Jacob Shwirtz is MTV's expert on digital strategy, social media and social TV. He has served in the IDF and started his local branch of the Taglit-Birthright Israel Alumni Association, helping hundreds of people to make aliyah and integrate into Israeli society.

Lauren Feldman works for MTV as a marketing professional. She is also a Reiki master and explores mysticism, energy healing and complementary forms of therapy.

Based in Tel Aviv, Omri Marcus is a creative director and multi-award winning comedy writer. In his spare time, he volunteers as head of PR for Eye from Zion, a humanitarian organisation that provides free medical surgeries in developing countries.

Micah Fitzerman-Blue lives in Los Angeles, where he is known as a successful screenwriter. He dedicates much of his spare time to the resurgent Jewish community of LA's East Side and recently pioneered an ethical Kashrut workshop.

Rob (Schlis) Schlissel is a Senior Producer at Empire Entertainment Inc. Rob is a member of the Darchei Noam Young Professionals Commitee and the Young Leadership Committee for AFMDA and he volunteers with Jewish Heart for Africa and Jewish National Fund.

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