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Sukkot Lone Star Style

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2015 by Sue Fox Schwartz

"Dallas Wexners reunited last Saturday night to celebrate Sukkot in ​our sukkah. To honor the holiday brings a joy all its own, and to celebrate with fellow Wexner "brothers and sisters" elevated its significance through our shared experience and collective investment in observing both the spirit and the letter of this important chag."   Sue Fox Schwartz (Dallas 13)       "It was a lovely evening in a great setting. I have sukkah envy! Thank you to Sue and Greg for havi…


Enriching Community and Ourselves Through Jewish Art

Posted on Wednesday, October 07, 2015 by Carole Genshaft

Little did I know when I began working in the education department at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) in 1985 that my life as a Jew would be so greatly enriched by my burgeoning career path. This was the same year that I was a participant in the first-ever Wexner Heritage program. My identity as a Jew blossomed and grew exponentially through the Wexner experience. Simultaneously, I had opportunities to do research on and programs and exhibitions about Jewish subject matter at the Museum. &nbs…


Seven Ways to Take Charge During Succession Planning

Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2015 by David E. Edell, Carmel Napolitano and Mary T. Wheeler

As CEO's around the nation step down from leadership positions at nonprofits, their boards are faced with the challenging task of finding their successors, but few are prepared. According to a recent report by Third Sector New England, a Boston-based resource center for nonprofits, 64% of executives planned to leave their jobs within the next five years yet 60% of organizations did not have succession plans in place. While the findings are alarming, the lack of succession planning in the nonpro…


Wexner NY RSJ 12 Alumni Award 7 Grants to Conclude Their Inaugural Giving Circle Year

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Jane Greyf

The young woman standing in front of us is seemingly nervous and out of her comfort zone.   She is likely new at this ​— presenting to grant committees.  But as our dialogue unfolds, this initial impression quickly evaporates.  Our presenter is sharing the work she is doing in Baltimore with Russian-Jewish teenagers ​— kids who, while Jewish by birth, either grew up in the former Soviet Union or are growing up with parents who are from there, and have no affiliati…


Leadership in Times of Crisis

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Yitshak Kreiss

Since the start of my career as a young physician, from a battalion surgeon to the Surgeon General of the IDF, I have practiced medicine and learned leadership lessons along the way. In this TedMed talk I hope to share with you some ​insights based on my experience running the IDF Field Hospital after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, for example, and also drawing on the strong organizational culture of leadership in crisis that the IDF Medical Corps has gained by respondi…


Chinese Insights: What Comes from Taking MBA Students to Israel

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Carine Warsawski

Last March I teamed up with an Israeli classmate to take our MBA peers on an innovation and entrepreneurship trek to Israel. To incentivize students, we fundraised $75,000 toward subsidizing the 8-day trip and designed an itinerary based on student interests.  Of the 31 travelers, 28 were not Jewish and 25 were international ​participants representing 15 countries. The majority of the​ir views o​n Israel were based on biased media. Some students grew up in regions where “Israel&…


My Daughter Asked for an Upsherin

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Elisha Gechter

This post originally appeared on JOFA's blog, "The Torch," and is reposted with permission.    “Imma, I want an upsherin!” My daughter revealed this mid-way through her first year at a Chabad preschool, where she had attended several of her classmate’s upsherins. A party and a first haircut (upsherin literally translates to shearing) was what she saw for those little boys, whose families were upholding a centuries-old chasidic custom that grew out of the biblical in…


How to Change Policy, Law and the Way People Think: A Case Study

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

    We did not expect that before the age of 25, either of us would be making headlines, let alone headlines for taking on a major educational institution, and we certainly did not expect these headlines to read “Attention Rapists: You've Met Your Match.” That being said, we were ready for it, and we were ready to take on more than the University of North Carolina (UNC).   Students expect what college and university brochures advertise: the best four years of their…


Happy New Year, Your Holiness

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Arthur Green

Dear Pope Francis,     I’m sure your much-anticipated visit to the United States was not timed to coincide with our season of holy days, a time of personal renewal and return to God, all in celebration of the world’s creation.  But we are delighted to share this special season with you, since you are a religious teacher who so deeply appreciates its meaning.   It is becoming increasingly clear that the most urgent task of religion in the 21st century wil…


We Do Matter

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by David Hoffman

Reposted with thanks to the new JTS series of short videos entitled Sound Bytes of Torah for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. WGF alum, David Hoffman (Class 6), gives us a teaching and some koach to continue our work in 5776.   Rabbi David Hoffman, a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alum (Class 6), is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Advancement Officer at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He can be reached at  


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