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Sending Ourselves In

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Dena Schulman-Green

The following words of torah were shared this week in Utah as we gathered 182 Heritage members and their spouses for their Summer Institute, MADREGOT: Stepping Up Your Leadership.    In this week's parsha, Shelach, Moshe sends scouts to bring back reports of Canaan — the nature of the land, its strengths and limitations and samples of its produce.  Most of the scouts bring back reports that the land is magnificent, flowing with milk and honey, but that it is well fortified…

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WGF Lean In Circles

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 by Abby Sosland, Sari Laufer and Ruthie Warshenbrot

At first glance, many of the women who completed the Wexner Graduate Fellowship (WGF) seem to be at the top of their game.  They are running organizations, teaching at the highest levels and represented in professional Jewish life in powerful ways.  Anyone might guess that these women are “leaning in” to their careers; who would have thought that they would be so eager to share and glean support from one another?  The experience of our WGF Lean In Circles this past yea…

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The City of Brotherly Love

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Julia Cohn

Designed to inspire and unite Jewish teens in the Columbus area to engage in service learning, the Wexner Service Corps selects rising 10th and 11th grade students to participate in the Wexner Service Corps (WSC), beginning with a 5-day service trip, followed by year-round service in Columbus.     I was lucky enough to travel again with the Wexner Service Corps to Philadelphia with a group of 40 other Jewish Columbus teens.  Eight of us were in the Senior Leadership Cohort &mda…

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Why I Want to Send Thousands of Jewish Women to Israel

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Mindy Berger

I entered the Wexner Heritage program as a passionate lay leader, thirsty for knowledge and innovative thinking.  By the end of the program, I was ready to take my leadership experience to the next level and I began to explore the impact I could have as a Jewish professional.   It was no surprise to learn that Jewish professionals spend a lot of time worrying about the fate of the Jewish future and whether our Jewish communities and institutions will still be here for future generatio…

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Our Israeli Graduation at Harvard

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016 by Yogev Gradus and Maria Ben Assa

On the morning of May 25th, the day before HKS graduation, Wexner Israel Fellows Class 27 gathered with their families to mark the end of their year at Harvard.  During the ceremony, they received certificates from the Foundation for having completed their year of seminars, institutes and learning.  The fellows shared reflections on the year and made public declarations about the commitments they would uphold as they stepped into their future.  Here are excerpts from a few of the…

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Leading Through Tragedy: Heard Round WexWorld

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by Andrew Feinstein, Rachel Timoner, Mark Kravitz, Jason Rodich, Erica Brown, Rebecca Stone Kagedan, Ben Greenfield, Sharon Mars, Zohar Atkins

Our nation and our communities continue to grieve over the senseless loss of 49 precious souls from the devastating tragedy that unfolded in Orlando on Sunday.  As Jews around the world were reaffirming the Covenant on the holiday of Shavuot, recommitting to a tradition and a Torah which sanctify life — a murderer was unleashing his fury on innocent revelers.  Our hearts are anguished and we share in the pain of the Orlando community, the LGBTQ community and all those who are mo…

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Camping Early and Often

Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2016 by Josh Satok

I fell in love with camp late; I didn’t go to sleepover camp until I was 15 — the last summer I could be a regular camper — but since then I’ve been going back, first to Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia and last summer to Camp Ramah in Canada.  To me, there is nothing more magical and inspiring than the power of camp and I have spent years doing what I can to spread this joyful experience as wide as possible.  Earlier this year, I had the opportu…

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Should We Be in the Camp Business??

Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2016 by Marc Lerner

Im Tirtzu Ein Zo Agadah, if you will it, it is no dream.  Herzl’s words resonate with the journey Camp Daisy and Harry Stein — formerly Camp Charles Pearlstein — has experienced over the past 25 years.  In this blog, I share a case study of how our camp went from good to great since many of you are also trying to get your organizations to be great and maybe there are lessons here you can transfer to your meaningful projects.  In general, we aimed really…

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The Magic of Jewish Summer Camp – The Power of Disconnectedness

Posted on Friday, June 03, 2016 by Jacob Cytryn

Jewish overnight camps are powerful incubators of Jewish identity, movements for social change and the next generation of Jewish leadership.  So, why are they built in the middle of nowhere?  As we move into camp season, I'd like to share these questions and more from a piece I wrote last year.  I look forward to the joyous sounds of campers and counselors arriving and to exploring these questions more thoroughly this summer.   Here is an excerpt:   "Camp Ramah dwel…

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It’s Our Business.com

Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by Geoffrey Lewis

Our project seeks to make a meaningful, humble contribution to ending the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians and to the pursuit of two states living side by side in peace and prosperity.  We, Israelis and Americans, are motivated by a deep love for Israel.  We also feel abundant concern about the direction Israel is going, particularly as it enters the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War which resulted in Israel exercising control over land in the West Bank and Gaza as…

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