Meet the Team!

Team BIEC is….


Ortal Reuveni

Hello! I’m Ortal and I’ve been working at BIEC for what seems like forever! I’d like to think that the reason why I’m so attached to this office is simply because I get to travel to Israel for free… but it’s a lot more than that. Through my job, I have worked with amazing, young volunteers in creating wonderful initiatives. Plus, going to Israel yearly never hurts!  I’d like to consider myself as having a quirky and ambitious personality. Although I love to laugh and goof around, I secretly love to work even more. Is that weird? I don’t think so. Who else can work in such a dynamic environment where you get to spend most of your day brainstorming about ways to get young adults to connect to each other, or an environment that lets you create Israel experience programs from A to Z?! Exactly!  So I’m lucky enough to be able to play hard and work even harder and I LOVE it!!


Jeremy Heitner

HOLLER everyone! I’m a one-man informal “Jewish” wrecking crew who is ready to think outside the box and break down this stigma that everything that I’m doing that’s “Jewish” is boring and not fun, because that is so not the case. If you don’t believe me, tune in and wait for my madness!! This is officially my first BLOG!!! For those of you that don’t know me, I’m not much of a blogger but I’m down to give it a go. What’s been getting me RATTLED is the fact that people are doing and planning such SICK, amazing things and it is impossible for me to spread the word to everyone I know. Not anymore (hahaha)!  My blog posts aren’t just going to tap in on what’s going on with me, my life, and my friends; they’re also going to tap in to what’s going on in my mind. Examples include the Habs, food, celebrities, and chill programs. Basically, whatever the people want is what I am going to give. So now tell me…. What do you guys want?  Help me help you!!!

“Hum Now Hum Now pitter patter lets get at ‘er”

Go Habs Go!!


Shoshi Rothschild

I started working at BIEC almost a year ago, and still love it here as much as I did when I first started!  For those of you who have yet to drop by our office, you’ll soon learn what a fun, chaotic place it is; there are always people coming in and out and amazing programs being planned!  I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to find a job working with a group of such unique and dynamic young people.  While we all have different personalities and interests, we are brought together by our love for creative programming, community involvement and, of course, Israel. I moved to Montreal from Ottawa seven years ago, and love everything this city has to offer (especially the bagels)! Other things I love include live music, summer camp, cupcakes, board games, social action, theatre, going out for breakfast, children’s books, and festivals of all varieties.  Anyone out there who is interested in fun things going on in the city, or great places to volunteer, come talk to me!  


Mandy Gillman

Allow me to introduce myself!

I am a total GLeek, rarely get sick of listening to the same songs over and over, can’t get enough of talking about delish junk food that I would rarely actually eat, and get a sick thrill out of organizing pretty much anything!  I have been working at BIEC for almost 3 years in several different capacities (with a 5 month hiatus which I will eventually share with you) and wake up every morning feeling genuinely privileged to come to work (cheesy, I know, but true)!  I work with an incredible group of people whom have become very close friends of mine and together we have perfected the art of ‘rocking the boat!’


Yoni Loeub

Hi everyone!  As the newest member of the BIEC team, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you.  I will be working for Hagshama (World Zionist Organization) as Montreal’s Regional Director.  Basically, that means that anything having to do with Israel, bringing Zionism to Canada, or finding ways to get back to Israel is my job! Although I love my desk at the BIEC office, I will be spending a lot of my time on campus, working with young adults to try to bring as much Israeli culture, knowledge, and spirit to our community.  If you have any questions about Israel programs, Hebrew lessons, or have any ideas about ways to bring Israel to campus, give me a shout!  Last year I participated in BIEC’s MIT (madrichim in training) program and led my first Birthright trip this past summer.  I am currently finishing up my degree in Accountancy at The John Molson School of Business, am a Madrich Mentor for the MIT program, and enjoy playing a lot of hockey.  I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people over the next few months, so please let me know if you’re looking for ways to get involved with Israel on campus!


Samantha Star

I am so excited to be joining the BIEC team this year!  Had you told me a year ago I’d be working in the BIEC office, I would have told you that you’re crazy, but, as it turns out, dreams do come true.  I went through BIEC’s Madrichim in Training program last year, and led my first Birthright trip this past summer.  After having worked in a candy store all year, I am happy to be trading in my “Jelly Belly” apron for a March of the Living poncho, as I begin my work as the MOL program associate.  In my spare time, I design invitations for all occasions, and am a scrapbooking maniac.  Do you like cutting and pasting? I DO!!! I’m really looking forward to working at BIEC this year, especially being involved in the amazing experience that is the March of the Living. I can’t wait to meet all of the incredible people who are involved in the program!


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