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Impressions From a Spring Institute in New York City

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Tomer Sharoni and Jonathan Tadmor-Eliya

On the lovely spring day of April 6th, Wexner Israel Fellowship Class 27 traveled from Cambridge to New York City for a two-day institute.  This was a unique opportunity for grasping new perspectives on our public service-inspired journey. Our first day was dedicated to an enlightening engagement between our class and NY-area Wexner Heritage Program alumni, and the second day included meetings with leaders from various sectors in NYC who are deeply committed to the public good.  On Th…


If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Craig Miller

There is a famous line in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.” Fast forward 27 years.  In two short months, Camp Ramah in Northern California will open its gates to more than 230 campers (and counting) who have signed up for our inaugural summer.  Dayenu.  We have built it together as a community, and campers and staff are really coming. After literally walking the land in Northern California for years, rising and falling through the h…


Houston 06 Welcomes Back Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by David Scott

Front Row (L-R): Rabbi David Lyon, David Scott, Miriam Friedman, Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, Berne Black, and Lisa Stone Back Row (L-R): Shirley Lavine, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Warren Rich, Sonny Gerber, Deena Gordon and Dr. Ed Septimus On April 14-16, 2016, several members of the Houston 06 Wexner Heritage class welcomed back to Houston one of their favorite Wexner professors, Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz — also a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alum (Class 6) — for a shabbaton surrounding the…


Have You Been Teaching Lately?

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Jonathan Berkowitz

Two guiding tenets of “Wexnerism” are teaching and learning.  As members of the Wexner Heritage Program, we were privileged to study with the best Judaic studies teachers in North America.  We didn’t learn just for the sake of learning; we learned so that we could teach others.  Teaching and learning are two of the most venerated values of Judaism.  The ultimate source text for this is, of course, the first paragraph of the Shema, “And these words whi…


Leadership Means Losing Your Shame

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Abby Sosland

Rabbi Abby Sosland explores shame in our society and the Jewish community in this honest and engaging ELI Talk about achievement, failure, leadership, narcissism and courage.  Shared here with thanks to ELI Talks.   Abby Sosland, an alum of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship (Class 6), is Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) of Schechter Westchester, where she teaches Bible, Talmud, prayer and philosophy.  Her writing has been published widely, including the chapter on “Crime an…


Sage Advice from Our Resident Sage

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 by Rabbi Ben Berger

Yitz and Blu Greenberg capturing what may be their first selfie at one of the many Wexner Heritage Summer Institutes they have attended over the last 30 years. I’m guessing that few people in this world just happen to write a book while in the process of writing another book.  But as our teacher, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, says, this book basically wrote itself, emerging from a lifetime of teaching and drawing upon the words of our sages to make “divine instruct…


Atlanta 10 Still at It

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 by Billy Medof

The Wexner Heritage Atlanta 10 class gathered last week at the home of David and Debbie Kurzweil to catch up socially and to share thoughts on our recent Jewish community involvement.   From leading the creation of Atlanta's new MACoM Community Mikvah to ensuring the successful merger of two Atlanta day schools, the members and spouses of Atlanta's 2010 Wexner class are keeping busy, serving their Jewish community and having a whole lot of fun. Joining in the event were Stuart and Karen …


The Jewish Skinny: A Wexner Collaboration

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 by Suzanne Felson and Debbie Findling

We met when we were both in the Wexner Heritage Program and became friends when our daughters attended the same Jewish day school.  Since we’re both actively involved in Jewish life, we had a deep understanding that Judaism embodies rich content for how to live a meaningful and holy life and how to raise children with a deep sense of values and purpose.  We wanted to share that rich content and combine it with hip branding.  Last fall, we co-founded and launched The Jewish S…


Announcing the Expansion of the Wexner Field Fellowship: Investing in Our Talent Across the Jewish Communal Sector

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Ruthie Warshenbrot

The Wexner Foundation has always focused on developing talented leaders. In the last few years we have expanded our reach, launching Wexner Senior Leaders, for Israel’s most influential senior leaders in the public sector, and Wexner Summits: the Network in Action, allowing our alumni from all programs to work together to tackle major problems in the Jewish world.  We have also piloted an important program to support emerging young professionals working in Jewish organizations a…


Learning with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks...thanks to Wexner!

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Gary Polachek

Some of the Montreal Wexner Heritage alumni recently brought Rabbi Jonathan Sacks to town for several teaching engagements that were shared with the greater Jewish community.  Additionally, we were fortunate enough to get to study in an intimate group with him over breakfast. Rabbi Sacks shared with us a very empowering message that he had learned as a child from his father.  He would ask many questions about Judaism, and his father's answer was always the same: "I didn't have an educ…


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