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Be a Stronger Wind

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Monica Rodriguez Kuniyoshi

If you’re reading this, you know the power of a Wexner Institute. This was my first exposure to the intense intellectual stimulation and deep commitment of the entire Wexner enterprise, as experienced at the Wexner Heritage New Member Institute in Aspen that just finished last Friday. Deciding where to focus this reflection has been difficult—should I emphasize the numerous ah-ha moments inspired by the excellent faculty? The easy camaraderie between the San Francisco, Denver and New…


Convene Challenge Collaborate

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Devin Schain

I wanted to let the Wexner Network know about a fortuitous overlap of events. For those planning to attend The General Assembly this year in Washington DC, taking place November 9 – 11, you will be in town during National Education Week. I am involved in National Education Week through some pro bono work I do trying to close the achievement gap,  and know many in the Wexner Network also have education at the forefront of their Jewish agendas. National Education Week is the only event …


Heard Round WexWorld: Robin Williams

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff

Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, a Wexner Graduate Fellowship Alum (Class 13) is Director of Culture, Community, and Society at Shalem College. He also has a blog called Talkin' Hava Nagilah Blues, where he recently explored the multiple meaning of stars, and how we measure our lives by them.  “The same week that Robin Williams died, a friend of mine noted, five hundred children were said to be suffocated in the hinterlands of Iraq by ISIS, which combines the worst of the Crusaders, the Naz…


#ThanksWex #Well #Seattle12

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Beth Balkany

    There is a mystical tradition that the world has 36 hidden tzadikim. These are special and humble people and legend explains they are usually unknown to us. At our new member retreat in Aspen, Colorado (now two years ago) we were privileged to meet and be inspired by Dr. Rick Hodes. He has dedicated his life to healing, making an impact, and tikkun olam. I would like to posit that Dr. Hodes should be counted as one of those special and hidden souls. Dr. Hodes has spent more tha…


Entrepreneurial Philanthropy Impacting Camp Affordability and More

Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 by Tracey Bilski

As a Wexner Heritage alumna and a lay leader in the Jewish communal world for more than 20 years, I’m always on the lookout for social and philanthropic innovation. So when Joseph Hyman, the founder of The Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy (CEJP), an organization that is seeking to change the Jewish philanthropic paradigm, approached me last summer, I saw an opportunity to help shape the future of Jewish philanthropy. At a time when more philanthropic dollars are going to univ…


Learning Torah Through Partnership

Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 by Allison Cook & Orit Kent

We wanted to share the latest representation of our work. This work and our current collaboration were born in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and we continue to be grateful for all we have received from the Foundation and our Wexner colleagues.   The video, through the words and images of middle school students, brings to life our most recent design research around meaningful engagement with both peers and texts. "Pedagogy of Partnership" is a program we've developed for learners of all …


Hillel, Tisha B'Av and the War in Gaza

Posted on Monday, August 04, 2014 by Jeffrey Schwarz

Tisha B’Av, the day in the calendar that commemorates the evil that has been done to the Jewish people over time (most especially the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem) is nearly upon us. Each of us responds differently to the day. Many Jews will use Tisha B’Av as an occasion to revisit the traditional narrative of Jew as victim. Given the Jewish people’s long history of persecution that is quite understandable. For me, it is an opportunity to consider what Hillel ref…


As of Today

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Efrat Bron-Harlev

As of today, we have 59 of our sons killed in this war.   As of today, we all hear sirens and look to the sky to see the magic of the Iron Dome protecting us. As of today, ten minutes later, we simply continue with our everyday life as if it was almost normal. As of today, in my pediatric hospital, when the alarm signals, parents with their ill children walk into the protected area quietly, as if it was the normal thing to do. As of today, physicians and nurses in the hospital help car…


True Confessions of a Blue D4

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Debbie Brant

Rabbi Moses must have already known that I am in the “amiable” leadership style category (which was the “blue” group according to the leadership style assessment exercise we did at the Institute)—maybe even an “extremely blue”—when he asked me to write my post-institute (#wexsi) thoughts. Of course, I agreed to his request because I am supportive and cooperative! Here are my true confessions: Fear and Courage will help me find my Makom (place). I …



Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Anita Siegal

Our personal experience with our young daughter, who attended a Jewish camp for several years, proved to us that starting on the journey of self -discovery can be profoundly influenced and enhanced by the camping experience. Prompted by this exposure, and also the considerable data suggesting that immersive experiences such as Jewish camping and trips to Israel, have a lasting effect  on their participants, my husband Michael (like me a WHA, Cleveland 2) and I wanted many more children and …


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