You’ve never met a team that is more outgoing, personable and dedicated to helping you find the inspiration you are looking for on your life journey. Want to learn more about us? Check out our bios below and drop us a line! We’re here to make great things happen and look forward to hear from you!
Rabbi Rafi Lipner
Favourite movie: Pay it Forward
Favourite quote: "If you are no better tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for tomorrow" - Rebbe Nachman
When I'm not at The House you can find me: Grabbing an early morning breakfast or a late night coffee, officiating awesome weddings or being silly with my wonderful wife and 8 adorable kids!
Rabbi Rafi is a dynamic leader and magnetic personality whose passion for Jewish thought (and humour) has inspired thousands of people from students to business leaders in Canada, the US, Israel and as far as Australia. Having studied in Israel for 4 years, received Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University, a Masters of Education coupled with his business school background, he identified the need and opportunity to transform the perception of Jewish thought and values as relevant and inspiring…and The House does just that! He also serves as Senior Rabbi of Shaarei Tefillah, a midtown Toronto synagogue that is experiencing a huge revival under his new leadership.
Favourite movie: Baraka (but I also love Dead Poets Society, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Believer, The Matrix, Star Wars, Fight Club, Spirited Away, Schindler's List, The Matrix, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Serenity, E.T. and Blade Runner, with a shout-out to great TV like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica - the remake not the original disco-era futuristic sci-fi series).
Favourite quote: "Roads?! Where we're going we don't need roads!"
When I'm not at The House you can find me: on the ice with friends learning to improve my hockey skills or laughing along to videos of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (and other story content in its many forms).
Mike is passionate about the creative process and believes that everyone possesses the power to shape the world around them. Driven by a desire to help people define and deliver meaningful experiences to their lives, Mike is a sensitive collaborator and relentless visionary known best for his ability to build genuine relationships and fantastic projects that activate all kinds of people and communities. Mike completed degrees in Communication Studies and Education and is a life-long student of innovation, design and engagement practices. Mike has spent the majority of the past two decades leading non-profit and corporate initiatives. He cheers for the Habs but is happy to finally see a competitive Maple Leafs team again in his lifetime.
Favourite movie: Keeping the Faith
Favourite quote: “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies” - Unknown
When I'm not at The House you can find me: spending time with my family, practicing yoga, going for walks while listening to podcasts, dinners with friends, and curled up on the couch with my husband forcing him to watch reality TV!
With degrees in Acting and Education, Bonnie is no stranger to being in the spotlight. Her 8 year stint away from Toronto has helped her grow in every way and she is excited to come back to Toronto with her new found wealth of knowledge (and last name!). She is known for her engaging personality, love of networking and ability to have relevant Jewish conversations with everyone around her. After being Program Director for University of Chicago Hillel, Bonnie is ready to be at home and create programs that speak to you!
Favourite movie: Not Another Teen Movie
Favourite quote: “Everything is OK in the end, and if it’s not OK it’s not the end” - John Lennon (and my mom!)
When I'm not at The House you can find me: With my friends and family, dancing...and at other community events.
Allie was born in Montreal, raised in Vancouver and Montreal, and has lived Calgary and Toronto. Allie has been involved with the Jewish Community since 2009. Allie graduated from McGill with a Bachelors of Commerce, but rather than practicing in the field, she found her passion lay in Jewish communal work and the non-profit sector. In 2013, Allie moved to Toronto and completed her post graduate diploma in Fundraising Management from Humber College. Over the last nine years, Allie founded a back to school initiative for under privileged children, has chaired many events and committee. Allie was a member of the 2015-16 Toronto Madrich in Training program and has led 4 Birthright Israel trips. Allie has a special place in her heart for The House and is very excited to join the team and for the meaningful work the organization does! Allie loves to network and socialize - you are guaranteed to find her taking a selfie and posting on social media.
Favourite movie: Lost in Translation
Favourite quote: “Move forward, it’s the only direction G-d gave us”- Gabe (Mandy Patinkin) from the movie “Wish I was Here” (2014)
When I'm not at The House you can find me: Playing with my dog in the park, hiking up any hill I can find, searching for sunshine on a local beach, and planning my next travel adventure!
Jenna joins The House with a passion for helping people and a drive to make a difference. Getting bit by the Birthright bug right after high school, Jenna spent two years in Israel learning Hebrew and enjoying Kibbutz life by the sea. Returning to Canada to pursue a degree in Education, she obtained her degree in Education and History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Jenna was thoroughly involved in the Hillel SFU, volunteering for their meal programs, and connecting to Jewish life on campus. Moving back to Toronto three years ago, Jenna was actively involved in student Israel Engagement and Recruitment for various Israeli universities before joining The House. She is excited to be a part of a growing organization that serves the needs of the young adult community.
Favourite movie: Too many to count, but my favourite TV show is “Suits”
Favourite quote: “Loyalty is a two-way street, if I’m asking for it from you, then you’re getting it from me” – Harvey Specter
When I'm not at The House you can find me: Chilling with friends and family, Face-timing my niece and nephews in Israel, and attempting to keep up with my TV shows.
After studying in Israel for two years post high school, Chaim returned home to study Communication Studies at York University. Over the past few years, Chaim has been involved with numerous community organizations, having sat on the Hillel student executive, the YP committee for Chai Lifeline, volunteering for Yachad, as well as interning for JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus), for all four years of undergrad. With so many community experiences under his belt, Chaim is thrilled to be a part of an organization that is devoted to educating young adults just like him.
Favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favourite quote: "We should think of ourselves as human becomings not just human beings" - Rabbi Rafi Lipner
When I'm not at The House you can find me: With my favourite people in the whole world – my wife and 2 kids!
Coby is passionate about engaging community members in innovative and hands-on volunteer projects that make a real impact on both the volunteer and the individuals on the receiving end. He is continuously looking for ways to actualize Jewish values which bring further personal growth, meaningful experiences, and connectivity to Judaism and the community at large. By day, Coby works in advanced engineering development at Motorola Solutions and is a devoted husband and father of two.