“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”Mahatma Gandhi
Roy Dekel was born and raised in Israel. He has a strong connection to his Jewish Israeli heritage and energetically expresses that in the Los Angeles, California community. One organization he works with is the Israeli American council (IAC). The IAC is intended to provide support and leadership opportunities for the half million Israeli-Americans living in the United States. The organization promotes a culture of giving, activism, and community connection by encouraging next generation youth to remain in contact with their Jewish heritage, customs, traditions, and Hebrew language. The IAC offers professional and financial support for non-profit organization initiatives, tradition education and special programming for youth, and cultural support for the Jewish and Israeli-Americans.
In Addition to his involvement with the IAC, he strongly supports the American Technion Society, an organization established in 1940, designed to provide critical support to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. ATS donors have raised over $2 billion since the organization’s inception, establishing Technion-Israel Institute as one of the world’s leading science and technology universities. More importantly, the Technion-Israel Institute is a driving force behind the Israeli economy, producing some of the most innovative minds in the world, including three Nobel Prize winners.
Roy Dekel also has an interest in childhood quality of life. He advocates for Larger than Life, the Los Angeles based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer. Over the past 10 years, Larger than Life has established the “West Coast Dream Trip”, an opportunity for children with cancer to experience two weeks in Southern California, away from the stress and worry of their typical environment. The organization helps to combat the difficulties children face during cancer treatment. Unlike adults, adolescent cancer patients experience greater social and educational disadvantages due to isolation and long gaps in schooling. L.A. Family strives to ameliorate this problem by providing adequate social interaction between child patients, mentoring, family-focused “getaways”, financial support, and community education and advocacy.
As a member and donor of these groups, Roy Dekel has earned the reputation of a reliable community leader. He believes in the positive development of Israeli people and he strives to provide opportunities for success where he can; he believes in giving back to the community that has supported him all his life.