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Widening the Tent with Jewish Mindfulness

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Jennie Litvack

Last summer, at the Wexner Heritage Summer Institute in Snowbird, Utah, participants brainstormed about challenges facing Jewish life in North America. I listened: “How can Judaism be more meaningful for people’s lives today?” “How can synagogues be more relevant for Jewish life?” “How can young professionals be drawn into Jewish life?”  All of these questions were similarly on our minds when the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington (JMCW) was j…

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France, the World’s Third-Largest Jewish Populace: Ça Va

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Diane and Howard Zack

Paris is home to 300,000 of France’s 600,000 Jews. Anti-Semitism is being fomented by a dangerous “cocktail” composed of radical Muslims along with, increasingly, those on the far left who were inflamed by the Gaza conflict. We went to show support and understand the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of the French Jewish community, which actually dates back nearly 2,000 years. Going beyond the terrifying headlines from this past summer, we met so many of our impressive, comp…

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The Wexner Foundation at the GA 2014

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Cindy Chazan

The Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (GA) gathers together Federation volunteer leaders and professionals and those involved in the business of Jewish philanthropy from across North America and around the world. JFNA represents 153 Jewish Federations and more than 300 Network Communities, which together raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs in their local communities and around the world. T…

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A Safe Place

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

In the wake of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s recent arrest for voyeurism in a D.C. mikvah, many of our alumni are publishing deep analyses and ideas for how to prevent future abuses. One such article was written by Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg (WGFA, Class 20) and is reprinted here with permission from The Jewish Week. Feel free to add your thoughts below in the comments section or post other article links you found illuminating.   As another case of alleged rabbinic impropriety emerges, I a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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