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Because Next Week You Might Be Too Busy

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Erica Brown

On the Seder night, we have many textual and culinary contradictions that force us to hold opposing sentiments together in complex relationship to each other. We eat a peculiar sandwich of matza – the bread of our freedom – and maror with a small amount of haroset. The bitter and sweet, the slave and free human being, collapse into each other. We celebrate the release of our people from bondage while acknowledging their new servant status to a God with whom they are finally becoming …

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Heard Round WexWorld: Israeli Elections and Moving Forward

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Mickey Bergman, Mike Blass, Carrie Harris, Tony Smorgon, Jamie Traeger-Muney,Jonathan Wornick

We asked our members, fellows, and alumni from all over the world to weigh in on the Israeli elections. Please feel free to add your responses and best visions for the future below.   Mike Blass, WIFA (Class 14), Israel Now that the election campaign is over, and we know who will be the Prime Minister, it is a time to remind the new ​government that it will be the government of all the people who live in Israel. The leadership challenge of the Prime Minister will be to remind all t…

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Whatever One’s Politics, a Riveting Exercise in Democracy

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Howard Zack

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Israel” and thunderous applause erupted.  And thus Bibi Netanyahu entered the chamber of Congress directly beneath my gaze. It was a spine-tingling, tear-inducing moment for many of us in the gallery. Not because we were ardent Bibi supporters, kvelling over his reception. Goodness no.  And yes, we chose to be present, unaffected by the regrettable Speechgate kafuffle which attended his visit.  The pomp and circumstance, …

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The Third Mentorship Cohort of Wexner Graduate Fellowship Alumni Launches

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Nina Butler

As the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Alumni (WGFA) Community continues to grow and evolve, colleagues are tackling more and more “Big Issues” in their local, national and international Jewish communities.  As we endeavor to do so, extra resources have been developed to fortify our Wexner community’s internal health and strength.  Thanks to The Wexner Foundation’s partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, a year-long mentorship program was launched two years ago t…

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Heard Round Wexworld — JTA and My Jewish Learning

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by David Rudis

WHA David Rudis (Chicago 3-99) comments on the win-win merger of JTA and My Jewish Learning.    “The combined entity will touch more than 1 million readers monthly. Our board has made a priority of reaching and communicating with as many Jews as possible. We are a people who become a community with a minyan. 70 Faces Media (our new name) is a journalistic minyan.” David Rudis, a Wexner Heritage Alum (Chicago 3 -99) and Delegate on the Wexner Heritage Alumni Council, has …

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Processing the Week: AIPAC, Netanyahu, Congress, Iran, Amalek, House of Cards and (of Course) Haman

Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 by Jan R. Uhrbach

Reprinted with thanks to The Jewish Theological Seminary. Please feel free to post a link to your shpiel below. The Shabbat prior to Purim, known as Shabbat Zakhor, takes its name from the first word of the special maftir (additional Torah reading) for the day, which retells the story of the first post-enslavement attack against the newly freed Israelites: Remember (zakhor) what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt . . . You shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under hea…

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Going Beyond Enriching the Enriched

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Rachel Isaacs

To be a rabbi in the small town of Waterville, Maine where 80 percent of children are on federal food assistance is a different kind of work than I was ever used to.  I’ve had to get used to working in a congregation where families come to me and tell me that buying health insurance is going to break their family financially.  Even though I’m paid less than many of my colleagues, I feel guilty for how comfortably we live.  To serve a congregation of farmers, policemen,…

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Reinvigorating the Spirit

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Effy Unterman

I came home from the alumni institute this week feeling a small pit of sadness at saying good-bye to such a special experience, like it was the end of camp.  I still find it a little incredible that I actually met people, made friends, and was able to participate in meaningful conversations despite my fears that none of these hopes would really materialize for me.  But they did. I reconnected with old friends, people I don't talk to enough.  Frankly, were it not for the alumni in…

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Redeeming Captives in the 21st Century

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Michael Friedman

On January 23, the Wexner Heritage Washington DC 13 class had the wonderful opportunity to join more than 450 members of the DC community in welcoming home Alan Gross, who was imprisoned for five years in Cuba.  Gross, an international development contractor, was convicted for crimes against the Cuban state while delivering computer equipment to Cuba’s small Jewish community.  He was released on December 17, 2014 as part of a broader shift in the United States’ policy towar…

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Heard Round WexWorld: In Phoenix

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Alison Goldstein Feinberg and W. David Weiner

Alison Goldstein Feinberg, an alum of the Wexner Heritage Program (Phoenix 09), currently serves as Vice Chair of Outreach for Womens Philanthropy of the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix, Fundraising Chair of Congregation Or Tzion and serves on the board of directors of Camp Ramah in California. She attended Tulane University, and enjoys yoga, wine/cooking, and picking up Legos around the house. Alison can be reached at alisonfeinberg@yahoo.com.    W. David Weiner, an …

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