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Emerging Global Jewish Business Leaders Unite At Birthright Israel Excel Summit

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Third year Computer Engineering student David Ifergan (21) of Queen’s University, Queen’s graduate Leora Owsiany (BComm, 24), and Ben Futoriansky (27), a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University,  are among the dozen Jewish young business minds heading from Toronto to New York.  Ifergan says the Birthright Israel Excelerate22 Summit gives him the opportunity to “further explore the incredible Excel network.” (Photos: Supplied)

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Over 300 Birthright Israel Excel Fellows, including a dozen hailing from Toronto, will gather in New York City April 1-3, for the Excelerate22 Summit. Asaf Zamir, Israel’s Consul General in NY, will offer the event’s first keynote speech

Birthright Israel Excel is a prestigious business fellowship that offers a summer internship in Israel, followed by membership in an exclusive community of peers focused on professional development, personal growth, Israel engagement, and philanthropy. This will be the first time the annual Birthright Israel Excel Summit has been held in person since 2019.

Since 2011, The Excel Fellowship has selected extraordinary college students around the world for a summer business or tech internship in Tel Aviv at leading companies. After their return, Excel Fellows become part of a global community that provides resources for professional and personal development and Israel engagement, while also being dedicated to philanthropy.

After their internships, Excel Fellows have maximized their experiences by taking on positions at top-tier companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Bain & Company and Google, developing strategic partnerships with Israeli companies, and starting their own companies, often hiring other Fellows.

According to Birthright Israel Excel’s Executive Director Idit Rubin, the pandemic has meant less live networking events, but has also resulted in the growth and strengthening of global connections within the Excel community, a trend that the organization wants to continue to develop in upcoming years. 

Some 30 Fellows from Israel and several others from the UK, South Africa, Argentina and Mexico will join their North American peers for Excelerate22, cementing those bonds.

“There is a sense of celebration around this year’s Summit. It’s the first time many of our Excel Fellows have a chance to be together in the same location. As they brainstorm and share ideas in an atmosphere rich with creativity and comradery, they will be forging a deeper sense of community,” said Rubin.

Twenty-one year old  David Ifergan of Toronto is studying computer engineering at Queen’s University. He is very enthusiastic about attending the event: “It is an honor to have the opportunity to participate in the Excel summit. Not only do I get the chance to reconnect with my cohort, but I get to further explore the incredible Excel network.”

Ifergan already knows three others in the contingent – Simon Grammer, Eitan Brooke, and Noah Ifergan. Other participants from the GTA include Ben Futoriansky, a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University,; Noah Chaikof, Richie Chaikof and Adam Pope from the Richard Ivey Business School; and Leora Owsiany who graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2019.

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Industry-specific panels and discussions about topics such as business development, Jewish identity and Israel engagement will be featured over the weekend.

“To match our Fellows’ varied interests, the speakers will each be presenting a different key perspective, from the Israeli lens to social activism to the cutting-edge of business innovation,” explained Rubin. “Our community is diverse in its interests, but united in its joint commitment to success, growth and giving back.”

“Birthright Excel Fellows are active every day as recognized leaders in their professional arenas and within the broad Jewish community. As they gather this year for the first in-person Summit in two years, we are experiencing a sense of renewal and opening a new chapter in the history of what is considered the most prestigious program in the Jewish world today,” said Gidi Mark, CEO of Birthright Israel.

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