On May 16th The House will host 1,000 young professionals and community leaders from across the GTA for our 5th Annual JEDx extravaganzaat 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 activities that will move guests through to an array of inspiring and activating main stage presentations.
Hometown hero, Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo;
Joseph Gitler, Founder of Leket, Israel’s largest food bank;
Maayan Ziv, Founder of AccessNow, a global accessibility crowd-sourcing app making our world a more accessible place;
Justin Korda, Executive Director of ROI Community, a world-wide organization focused on enabling change-makers to shape the world; and,
Megan-Phelps Roper and David Abitbol (Founder of Jewlicious.com) who will both share the story of Megan’s journey out of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and into a life of activism to break down barriers between people.
Come for the experience, stay for dessert! You won’t want to miss the surprises we’ve planned. So what are you waiting for?! Buy your tickets now for one of the most highly anticipated and thought-provoking events of the year!
Purchase your tickets today!
Orchestra Seats: $72 plus $5 service fee
Balcony Seats: $54 plus $5 service fee
The Power of One
One person, one thought, one interaction – the Power of One is the poignant notion that recognizes the unique human capacity to intentionally transform any ordinary moment into an extraordinary one.
The Fifth Annual JEDx is an invitation to share inspired thought, illuminate hidden possibilities, and unleash the infinite creative potential inside all of us.
No doubt each remarkable human achievement can be traced back to a single, reactive point – a catalytic spark of ingenuity. Understanding that the Power of One is ever-present, we can unlock all we are meant to be and increase our opportunities to uplift lives and transform worlds.
The Power of One is within all of us. It is, by definition, who we are meant to be.
“Every person must know and understand that deep within them burns a flame; their flame is not the same as anyone else’s, and there is no person that does not have one.” – Rav Kook, First Chief Rabbi of Israel
Presenting this year at JEDX2017:
Heather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo, Canada’s largest book, lifestyle and specialty toy retailer, and co-founder of Kobo, a leading global eReading company. Ms. Reisman was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University.
For the first 16 years of her career Ms. Reisman was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world’s first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today.
Heather is a former Governor of McGill University and of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She has served on many North American boards and continues to serve as a Director on the board of Onex Corporation, and as an Officer of Mount Sinai Hospital. She is also a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee, a geo-political think group.
In 2014, Ms. Reisman co-executive produced the feature documentary “Fed-Up,” focussing on the role which the processed food industry is playing in the worldwide obesity crisis. Ms. Reisman is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Ryerson University (2006), Wilfrid Laurier University (2009), Mount Allison University (2010), St. Francis Xavier University (2013), and University of Manitoba (2016), as well as several awards including The Order of Canada, The WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Financial Times of London Top 50 Women in World Business, Waterloo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, University of Waterloo; International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, University of Manitoba; and the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction, Concordia University. In January 2015, Ms. Reisman received the Desautels Management Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian business and society.
In May 2015, Ms. Reisman was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Ms. Reisman is married to Gerald Schwartz, Chair and CEO of Onex Corporation. She has four children and nine grandchildren.
In 2003, Joseph Gitler founded Table to Table (Israel’s Food Rescue Network) as a one-man volunteer operation to respond to the paradox of growing hunger and poverty in Israel on the one hand and significant food waste on the other. Now known as Leket Israel – The National Food Bank, Gitler’s operation has grown to become the only food rescue and resource organization in Israel. Leket Israel supplies surplus food and nutritional support to over 195 not-for-profit organizations serving more than 175,000 people in Israel each week.
As founder and chairman, Gitler has worked to expand the scope of Leket Israel’s capabilities. Today, Leket thrives with the assistance of 100 employees, 12 delivery vehicles and tens of thousands of volunteers – a direct result of Gitler’s dedication.
Outside of his work with Leket Israel, Gitler is a founding member of Ten Gav and Israel Gives, as well as an active board member of re-specs, The Meir Medical Center, Camp Moshava Canada, and Artists & Musicians for Israel. Prior to making aliyah in 2000, Gitler worked as an attorney in the New York metro area and also spent three years in software sales and business development following his immigration to Israel.
Gitler received the coveted Presidential Award for Volunteerism from former President Shimon Peres, was awarded Beit Hapalmach’s 2016 Yigal Alon Prize and was selected to deliver a 2015 ELI talk. He is a recipient of the Inaugural 2014 Bonei Prize and named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world. Gitler received his juris doctor degree from Fordham University. He also has a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University. He resides in Ra’anana, Israel with his wife and their five children.
Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur. From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility.
Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a mobile app that maps the accessibility status of locations worldwide. She has since been a regular media commentator on topics such as disability, diversity and inclusion. In 2016, Maayan received the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities.
Maayan also sits on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Ryerson University.
Megan Phelps-Roper was born into the Westboro Baptist church community, known internationally for its daily public protests against members of the LGBT community, Jews, the military and countless others. David Abitbol was born in Israel and raised in Montreal. He was an active student and community leader, and eventually moved to Jerusalem, Israel 13 years ago.
As a child, teenager and early 20-something, Megan participated in almost daily picketing and pioneered the use of social media in the church. She saw Twitter as an incredibly powerful platform to amplify the church’s message. During the same time period, David became a student activist, immersed himself within the emerging Internet, and eventually founded Jewlicious.com. He has been recognized as the second most influential Jewish voice on Twitter on the Jewish Telegraph Agency’s Top-100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers.
Following a series of online interactions, scriptural debates and friendly mocking, David helped Megan rethink all she had ever known. Soon thereafter she abandoned the church, left her family and refocused her way of life.
On the JEDx stage on May 16, Megan and David will together recount their journey, their story of friendship and the power of one to transform a life.
Since its inception in 2005, Justin Korda has been the Executive Director of the ROI Community – an international organization enabling elite change-makers to shape the world and redefine Jewish engagement for a new generation of global citizens. ROI Community is the brainchild of The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation – a leading global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change.
As a student activist growing up in Montreal, Justin was on the leading wave of new Jewish engagement and led various grassroots initiatives aimed at making Jewish life more exciting and accessible for his peers. In 1999, he was the first to lead the inaugural Taglit-Birthright Israel trip from Canada. From there, he continued his path as an engagement pioneer serving in several positions at the Canada-Israel Experience where he was instrumental in implementing Taglit-Birthright Israel for the initial 5,000 Canadian participants. Justin holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and a BA from McGill University. While Jerusalem is home, he and his wife, Yael, currently reside in San Diego, CA, with their three children and dog.