JEDx 2018


On June 12th The House will host 1,000 young professionals and community leaders from across the GTA for our 6th Annual JEDx extravaganza at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music!

Join us for an action-packed evening to remember beginning with an elegant reception, open bar and interactive experiences that will move guests through to an array of inspiring main stage presentations.


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Speakers

ETHAN ZOHN

ETHAN ZOHN gives the word survivor a whole new
meaning. He is a former professional soccer player, winner of the hit
reality television show Survivor Africa, two-time cancer
crusher, sports broadcaster and host, and co-founder of
Grassroot Soccer. Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the power of
soccer and the energy of youth to educate, inspire and
mobilize communities to improve health. Ethan has been an
important force in driving the strategic direction of GRS and
building partnerships that have helped to provide lifesaving
education for more than 1.9 million young people in 50
different countries.

In 2011, after twice surviving a rare form of Hodgkin Lymphoma and two bone marrow transplants, Ethan ran the NYC and Boston Marathon and was named a global ambassador for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, StandUp2Cancer and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, among others. As demonstrated by his charitable work, tzedaka and community involvement, Ethan believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved through living by Jewish values. His inspiration to help heal the world stems from being taught at an early age the importance of community, a connection to the Jewish faith and the preservation of Israel.

If you are looking for a recognizable face to deliver a deeply-felt, meaningful lesson on
values, tzedakah, character and personal strength to your student leaders, you should
consider Ethan. With his remarkable sense of humor and his honesty, he offers a keynote
that inspires students to answer life’s opportunities with strength and conviction of
character.

Ethan has a deep connection to Judaism and he can put it into terms that students can find
relatable. He sprinkles in personal stories from Survivor, battling cancer, playing and
coaching for The United States National Maccabi Team and he has partnered with The
Jewish National Fund, The Schusterman Foundation Maccabi USA, JCC, Gift Of Life, Camp
Simcha, Tribe Fest and The Shabbos Project.

 


RABBI ELIMELECH GOLDBERG

Having lost his first child to leukemia at the age of two years, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg brings a wealth of personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness. Rabbi G (as his students fondly call him) holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwang Do. His commitment to easing the pain of children with cancer, together with his dream of supporting healing through the empowerment of the martial arts, resulted in the creation of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization in June of 1999. Rabbi Goldberg has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He lectures extensively across the globe on pain management, stress, and end of life care. Rabbi Goldberg served for 12 years as the Director of Camp Simcha, a New York-based summer camp for children with cancer. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus at the Young Israel of Southfield (MI) where he served as Rabbi for almost twenty years.

Rabbi G’s experience in the martial arts, as a spiritual leader, and as a parent who can identify with other parents facing serious disease, has provided him with remarkable insight into issues facing children and families with a diagnosis of cancer.

The first Kids Kicking Cancer class was held with twelve students at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1999. Kids Kicking Cancer has since grown to provide martial arts therapy to over 3,500 children in 46 hospitals in 5 countries. The impact of Kids Kicking Cancer in lowering the pain of very sick children has been documented in studies recognized in major medical literature.  Rabbi Goldberg is also the author of “A Perfect God Created an Imperfect World, Perfectly: 30 Life Lessons from Kids Kicking Cancer”.

Rabbi G. is a recipient of the nation’s highest award in community public health: the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader’s Award in Washington, DC.  He was recognized by the Detroit Red Wing’s, McCarty Cancer Foundation as the Humanitarian of the Year and has received a great deal of acclaim in the media. Rabbi G. has been featured on the T Show, Good Morning America, and numerous newspapers. In 2012, Rabbi G. was featured as a “Heroes Amongst Us” in People magazine. Most recently, Rabbi G was selected as a 2014 “Top Ten” CNN Hero.

Rabbi G. and his wife Ruthie have lived in Southfield, MI for the last 30 years. Besides their first child who was the inspiration for Kids Kicking Cancer, they have two married children and nine grandchildren.
 


JODI KOVITZ

 

 

Jodi is the Founder & CEO of #MoveTheDial, a movement founded in January 2017 to advance women in tech.  Jodi was recognized in 2017 by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. Jodi is serving on the SickKids Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet to raise $1.3B to transform children’s health and conceptualized and is leading the first-ever tech community strategy to raise $25M with a team of 25 tech leaders.

She serves on the advisory boards of Brim Financial, Maple Corporation and Mediseen, Mayor John Tory’s Toronto Innovation Council and the Lazaridis Institute Scale Up Program in Waterloo. She has an LLB from Osgoode and an HBA from Ivey.

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JORDAN BANKS

Named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine as well as one of the 25 Most Influential Innovators in Canada by Financial Post magazine, Jordan is a well respected leader in Canadian business and philanthropy.

Most recently, Jordan spent seven and a half years as the Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram, Canada where he was responsible for leading and managing all of Facebook and Instagram’s commercial operations in Canada.  During that period, Jordan also spent three years serving as Facebook’s Global Head of Vertical Strategy where he and his team were responsible for developing strategies and initiatives focused on transforming businesses in Facebook’s key industry categories globally.

Prior to Facebook and through to today, Jordan is the Founder and Managing Partner at Thunder Road Capital, which he co-founded to provide investment and advisory services to early stage technology companies.  Jordan was also the Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded JumpTV, a leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the internet.  In 2008, JumpTV merged with NeuLion Inc to become the world’s leading online sports video and IPTV multi-platform provider. In 2018, Neulion was acquired by Ari Emmanuel’s Endeavor for USD $250 million.

Prior to joining JumpTV, Jordan served as the Managing Director of eBay Canada.  As the second employee of the Canadian office, Jordan helped launch eBay Canada in 2000.  Jordan and his team were ultimately responsible for growing the activity of Canadians on eBay to over one billion dollars in 2007, which accounted for approximately 25% of all Canadian e-commerce activity.

Before joining eBay Canada, Jordan managed the Licensing and International Business group at the National Hockey League Players’ Association and, a lawyer by profession, Jordan also practiced corporate law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto.

Jordan is an active and dedicated member of the community. Over the course of the past two decades, Jordan has personally championed numerous efforts relating to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care.  As part of that commitment, Jordan is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, the Chair of DementiaHack, the world’s foremost hackathon for Dementia, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors of the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
In addition, Jordan sits on the Board of Directors of Cineplex and the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, as well as the Board of Advisors at OMERS Ventures.
Jordan was previously named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” honorees as well as one of Hugo Boss’ Canadian Men of Distinction.  Additionally, Jordan was named one of “Canada’s Leading Men” by the Weizmann Institute for Science for his contribution to the field of research in Alzheimer’s disease.


Empowerment

Empowerment: The realization that each of us has the strength to make ourselves, and those around us stronger – more able to give expression to the inherent and unique greatness of human beings. Jewish values extol the grand worth and potential of every person and every thing. Our responsibility is to bring that wonder to life. Whether it be the way we interact with others, the causes we stand for, the principles we live by or the boundaries we set or overcome, we must boldly strive to empower ourselves and those around us so we may enrich the world we live in for all.

 


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