(ROI 2008) knows it's more than that.
traveled to Israel for this year's Summit, he
met a fellow ROI participant named Nir Kouris (recently named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in Israel's The Marker Magazine).
Nir explained his pet project: eCamp Israel, the first international technology summer camp, to Michael, who at the time was working for American Jewish Committee (AJC), an international advocacy organization that supports Israel in its effort to promote democratic values, anti-Semitism and human rights, while working to strengthen Jewish life.
learned that Nir needed participants, he
immediately thought of AJC's
fund to help a group of Israelis under rocket attack from Gaza in Sderot, Ashkelon and the surrounding area.
Surely there were talented children from those cities desperate to get away, and they could simultaneously help the camp in its first year and themselves.
contacted AJC headquarters in New York, coordinated with its Jerusalem office and one month later, AJC sponsored scholarships to send 40 kids from southern Israel to eCamp
Nir was beyond grateful and thrilled to share his
dream of eCamp
with these children.
If you've already checked out Episode Three on YouTube
, you probably caught Nir Kouris himself saying, "I strongly believe that the big picture is being created by small pieces."
Nir and Michael
, whose efforts were anything but small, truly changed lives because of their collaboration this summer.
The timing of the Summit was helpful, but the way the two spent their time was better.
The things we dedicate our time to and the way we use that time reveals so much about what lies inside us.
Nir and Michael
, your teamwork is a true inspiration.
Mazel tov on creating an incredible opportunity for so many children, and on a successful eCamp!