Embracing Bold, New Direction and Executive Director
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Toronto, ON. January 16, 2017 — The Board of Directors of The House is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Mike Savatovsky. The hiring launches the next phase of The House’s ambitious strategy to scale its program offering and increase the number of emerging adult participants from 1,800 to 5,000 per year.

“We couldn’t have found a more perfect fit,” said Rabbi Rafi Lipner, Founder and newly appointed President of The House. “Mike is a strategic thinker and doer who is known for his ability to deeply understand the complex and diverse needs of today’s young adults, and to deliver meaningful ways for them to engage with their Jewish identities.”

In his new role, Mike leads the design and implementation of strategic planning focused on strengthening and growing The House’s infrastructure, vision and messaging. The newly redefined Executive Director role is tasked with exploring new partnerships, and leveraging existing community relationships to ultimately scale the organization’s leadership and impact throughout the Greater Toronto Jewish community.

“One of UJA’s most important priorities is to engage our young adults as they leave the university setting and seek meaningful participation in Jewish life,” says Adam Minsky, CEO of UJA. “The House is an indispensable partner that has enriched the lives of hundreds of young adults over the last decade. We are proud to partner with them to help achieve their ambitious plans for growth so that they can connect thousands of young Jews to Jewish life and their community.”

A relentless innovator and passionate educator, Mike brings to The House his infectious enthusiasm for developing stand-out initiatives within the non-profit sector. During his five years as Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Initiative for Montreal’s Federation CJA – a partnership with the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, Mike designed and led a strategy that successfully reached out to and engaged more than two-thousand of the community’s most under-engaged young adults. He received international recognition from the prestigious Slingshot Guide – the leading Zagat-style standard for Jewish innovation – for his success founding, designing and directing LE MOOD, Montreal’s premier Jewish cultural festival. This unique gathering was attended by more than 4,000 people and supported by nearly 1,000 distinguished volunteers over the years.

Mike has an extensive volunteer and leadership background working with Millennials, including founding and managing NU Montreal, an international think-tank on Millennial Engagement in the Digital Age; and The Flyt Foundation, a clever leadership development initiative focused on activating teens and young adults in social action and civic-based volunteer opportunities through video production.

His Alternative MBA and most recent role as Head of Innovative Projects at a leading Quebec real-estate development firm position him well to contribute to the effectiveness of The House, and bring a fresh approach to enhancing Toronto’s Jewish community landscape.

Familiar Innovation that Works

The new Executive Director will build upon the same winning formula of innovative ideas, speakers and conversations that have resonated with participants and characterized the organization’s rapid and sustained success. He will work directly with House Founder Rabbi Rafi Lipner, who has recently assumed the role of President. This will allow Rabbi Rafi to focus on shaping the educational direction of The House, and starting new conversations within the community which embody the organization’s powerful vision.

“We needed someone who’s comfortable out on the front lines, but is also a complimentary force to Rabbi Rafi and the magnetic energy he continues to bring to our participants,” say Beth Singer and Elliott Levine, Co-Chairs of The House’s Board of Directors. “They share the same enthusiasm, and a partnership which perfectly rounds out our team.”

About The House

The House is a non-profit organization for Jewish young adults interested in expanding their Jewish knowledge-base in ways that feel contemporary, relevant, and accessible. We offer experiences such as social action initiatives, Jewish learning, and traditional programming, which present Judaism as a timeless, living expression of identity from which every Jew can benefit.

For more information, please contact:

Joanna Glass, Communications Manager
(416) 482 – 9025 x4


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