Israel: a Global Leader

Date: March 30, 2017  - Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Merage JCC Show map
Contact: Nicole AndronescuPhone: 949-435-3400 ext. 275Email:

Israel: a Global Leader

Thursday, March 30, 7 -9 p.m.

Reception following. FREE and open to the community. Registration requested. 

From technology and biomed to humanitarian and social issues, Israel leads the world in breakthroughs, patents and rapid-response.

Rick Matros facilitates an exciting panel discussion featuring Gidi Grinstein, Reut Group; Yotam Politzer, IsraAid; and Jack Mayer, Save a Child’s Heart. 


Gideon (Gidi) Grinstein

Reut Group

Gidi Grinstein is a serial societal entrepreneur, founding Reut Group as a platform for designing and then implementing innovative solutions for some of the toughest challenges facing Israel and the Jewish People. Gidi’s inspiration is the vision of Israel as a model society of inclusive prosperity and vibrant and resilient communities, making a significant and distinctly Jewish and Israeli contribution to humanity.

Gidi is a graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Israel Fellow and of the Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law and Economics. He enjoys long-distance running, is married to Betty and fathers five children.

Gidi will speak about TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) Reut’s program to address neglected societal problems faced by people with disabilities, the elderly and underprivileged, by creating extremely affordable solutions for them.


Yotam Polizer  


Yotam Polizer  is Co-CEO of IsraAID – Israel’s biggest humanitarian NGO. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, he led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany. His presentation will draw from these experiences.

During the last four years, Polizer has also built and led psycho-education programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and in South Korea to support the reintegration of North Korean defectors. He has also led missions in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and in Sierra Leone for Ebola survivors, health workers, and affected communities. He has more than 10 years’ experience in education, humanitarian aid, and international development

For 15 years, IsraAID has been helping people all over the world overcome extreme crises and has provided millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction, and eventually, to sustainable living.

The Island of Tears from CBN Documentaries on Vimeo.


Jack Mayer

Save A Child's Heart

Jack Mayer is the Western Regional Director for Save a Child’s Heart, an international humanitarian medical organization based in Holon, Israel.

Jack earned his Ph.D. in European History from New York University.  He lives in Calabasas with his wife, Ellen, who is professor emeritus of the California State University at Northridge. Jack’s major avocation outside of the nonprofit world is sailboat racing in various Southern California venues.

Save A Child's Heart is one of the largest undertakings in the world, providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries. Based in Israel, our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable.

Every 29 hours our doctors save a child's life in our medical facilities in Israel or on medical missions in partner countries around the world. Thousands of children are alive today because of a small group of medical professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to perform life-saving cardiac surgery and train local medical personnel.