Ofir Ben Gur, who ran with incredible aptitude and in true IDC Spirit, the Orientation Week for incoming students at IDC (all whopping 1,600 of them!), asked me if Zell wanted to join the effort of giving back to the community.
We were matched with Bet Moreshet, the holocaust survivors club. Though they were a tough audience; I am sure the students can now tackle any business investor after they were able to capture the hearts of these hardened and skeptic holocaust survivors…the experience was meaningful and as always when giving back, the feeling for the students and for me was that we got much more than we gave!
The six students who rallied to the cause gave a lecture on entrepreneurship as a means of economic growth and sustainability and talked about what tools and opportunities the Zell Entrepreneurship Program gives them. To showcase, they taught the group some techniques in brainstorming on new ideas and then led small group brainstorming sessions. At the end some of the ideas were presented by the survivors (average age 80!). To close, one of the students highlighted that entrepreneurship, like the security provided by a strong IDF, is our means of ensuring NEVER AGAIN! to the holocaust. The round of applause and the amount of people that came up to talk to the students after was all the feedback we needed!
Again Ofir, thanks for all you do, for all the soul you give and the meaning you impart in what you do. IDC is very fortunate to have you!