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Jewish Teen Philanthropy: A Bountiful Harvest

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Stefanie Zelkind and Laura Lauder

It doesn’t look like much at first: a garden, just a pile of dirt. With the right natural elements and people to tend to it, that pile of dirt transforms; its space turns into a gathering place for community, its food turns into sustenance for families, its process turns into a learning experience for young and old. In this time in our tradition, which celebrates both harvesting and gathering, we are excited to share the product of our own patience, the result of many people  and natu…


What Does Peoplehood Mean? Why Is It Important? How Do We Nurture It?

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Sandy Antignas

The current issue of the Peoplehood Papers published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education (CJPE), includes many provocative and constructive essays by fellow Wexner alumni, as well as Larry Moses, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus of The Wexner Foundation. You can access their insightful writing by clicking here.   CJPE is seeking a few select board members for our international board of directors, so if you are passionate about deep thinking and teaching o…


Wexner Wisdom in the Windy City

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Rachel Braun Scherl

What do you get when you combine 23 Wexner Heritage Alumni from 14 cities (and a variety of program years), the spectacular Wexner staff, brilliant faculty and nonstop food and drink (besides weight gain)? I had the pleasure of being an alumni representative and a speaker at the Wexner Heritage Alumni Delegates Council Annual In-Person Meeting a few weekends ago in Chicago.  The Council is made up of about 50 Heritage alumni who volunteer to try all sorts of ways to empower alumni to lever…


Buttressing Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability

Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 by Daniel Held

Nearly two years ago I began research for the Jewish Funders NetworkGreenbook on Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability.  The publication, sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation, offers a landscape study of initiatives designed to buttress the financial picture of day schools.  Conveniently, the Greenbook was published in January, concurrent with my beginning work at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education.  Since then …


Vertigo Again

Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Moshe Elad

I was brought up in Haifa, Israel, a symbol city of Jewish-Arab co-existence. During all my adolescent life I used to meet with Palestinians, either on personal occasions or within my military capacity. In late September 1996, I was leading the Israeli team of the Regional Security Committee (RSC) in the West Bank. After almost a year of mutual efforts to implement the security annex of the Peace accord, a series of violent events suddenly erupted in the occupied territories and I felt that des…


Heard Round WexWorld: Getting Up On the 60-Foot Tower

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Lt. Col. David Shternberg and Elisha Gechter

“The Wexner Israel Fellows spent the first two Sundays of September together with 75 Center for Public Leadership (CPL) fellows from around the world who are all studying at the Harvard Kennedy School. The first Sunday was an Outward Bound Experience on Thompson Island where fellows engaged in a number of physical and mental challenges in mixed teams – including scaling a 60-foot alpine tower. It was the first time the Wexner Israel Fellows had been included with all of the students …


With Thanks to Craig Taubman, We Bring You One of This Week’s "Jewels of Elul"

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Ken Chasen and Micah Chasen

 Sometimes reading from the Torah at a bar mitzvah becomes a Jewish boy’s coming of age moment only once he steps off the bimah, and the Torah keeps on speaking in unanticipated ways. My son and I read Parshat Lech L’cha separated by thirty-two years. Each of us was surrounded by four generations of loving family, crowned by the presence of our sole surviving great-grandparent. And, each of us experienced the death of that great-grandparent – the death of that generat…


Jewish Investors Explore Impact Investing

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Julie Hammerman

More than 150 Jewish investors gathered in San Francisco for a Shabbat discussion at the end of SOCAP, an annual conference on “impact investing.” Wexner alums besides myself, the event organizer, included Don Abramson (WHA, SF2), David Arfin (WHA, SF3), Vanessa Bartram (WHA, Miami 11), Matt Gershuny (WHP, SF 14), Estee Solomon Gray (WHA, SF3), Doug Mandell (WHP, SF 14), Toby Rubin (WHA, SF2), Aviva Sufian (WGF, Class 14), Wendy Verba (WHP, SF 14), Kevin Waldman (WHA, SF 11), and pan…


Working In the Box: Bat Mitzvah and Beyond

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Mindy Berger

I founded ACHOT, an innovative B’nai Mitzvah program for mothers and daughters, as my daughter’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah year sparked my desire to celebrate with her the vital role of Jewish women in community life. I am actively engaged with my synagogue and other Jewish institutions that play a variety of roles in community life but found that they offered no programs that focused on the relationship between women and these shared core rites of passage. Moreover, I saw a missed opport…


The Transformative Power of a New Experience

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Ella Shteingart

The 2014 siyum (culmination ceremony) of the Wexner Heritage Program was historic. It marked the graduation of 20 extraordinary North American Jewish leaders, all born in the Former Soviet Union.   The Wexner Heritage Program has had Russian-born members take part in previous Heritage classes.  These few individuals represented the tiny percentage of the few Russian Jews who had become involved with the Jewish community and Jewish communal leadership.   For more than 20 years,…


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