The Jewish Middle School Business Achievement Program will mentor the next generation of Jewish entrepreneurs by bringing students from all walks of Jewish life to construct and build businesses that serve their communities and that adhere to the values of Tikkun Olam, Ahavat Yisrael and Tzedakah. It will educate and empower youth to apply their knowledge and creativity while facilitating networking opportunities with students from other Jewish schools, denominations and affiliations in Toronto, Israel and around the world.
The Jewish Business Network’s (JBN) vision is to create global Jewish business leaders by educating, engaging, and connecting aspiring Jewish business students on university campuses to the Jewish community. We strive to create Jewish leaders who are successful in business, care about their Jewish identity, and want to change the world for the better. The JBN has been successful in engaging previously uninspired students, who are now active leaders in their communities. This has been achieved through exciting networking events, inspiring and relevant Jewish education, and an innovative internship program. After successfully testing the concept in the 2009/2010 academic year at the Schulich School of Business at York University, students from various universities sought to be involved in the JBN by creating their own campus groups. In its second year of operations, the JBN was able to successfully replicate its concept through aggressive expansion of operations to over 8 campuses in Canada, including all major Toronto campuses. Several hundred Jewish business students were engaged in the dozens of successful events, and over 55 students were inspired to take leadership roles. The internship program was also successfully implemented in this past year. The expansion of JBN had to halt its due to its limited financial resources. However, fund-raising is its priority to ensure resumed expansion. The JBN is developing a new innovative website (www.thejbn.ca). Its focus is to enhance the strategic ability to meet the demand for the creation of more campus chapters both nationally and internationally.