Summer has definitely arrived; the beaches are packed with tourists and Birthright Israel participants fill the midrachov.

It has also been pretty hot; part of the reason I am a bit behind in writing about what’s happening with all the talented young Jewish innovators who have taken up various lengths of residence here in Jerusalem. Fortunately, the established media fills some of the void.

Two recent articles from the Jerusalem Post profiling prolific ROI120 participants Michelle Citrin, a.k.a. the Rosh Hashonah Girl and William Levin, cartoonist extraordinaire, whose Shabot 6000 humor is often shown on this site.

As for Michelle, keep an ear out for her new album hitting shelves and online retail soon.

Jewish ‘it’ girl in the US

The first thing that strikes you about Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Michelle Citrin isn’t her tiny 5’1″ frame, her trademark dreadlocks or the huge sound that pours out of her mouth when she sings. Rather, it’s how incredibly warm, welcoming and effusive she is, even when approached by complete strangers. She has an engaging smile, a ready hug and an openness about her that is instantly reflected in her music.

The Shabbos goy that wouldn’t

He had never been selected for jury duty, but he knew the process could be lengthy. So when William Levin, 36, of New York was called up in Brooklyn eight years ago, he took a book with him to kill time.

And while we are on the subject of the recent ROI120 Summit, I wrote a couple of weeks back about opening night speaker Shai Agassi, founder and CEO of Project Better Place.

Here’s a brief clip from Shai’s inspiring presentation:


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