STRENGTHENING LEADERSHIP IN THE NORTH AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL

Leadership Initiatives For

PROFESSIONALS

Training emerging and current professionals to exercise leadership in North American Jewish communities.

Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program

WEXNER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP / DAVIDSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

For outstanding rabbinical students and graduate students in Jewish education and Jewish communal service programs.


Perfect For:
Graduate Students

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Wexner Field Fellowship

WEXNER FIELD FELLOWSHIP

For promising Jewish communal professionals who plan to continue their careers as leaders in the North American Jewish community.


Perfect For:
Jewish Professionals

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Leadership Initiatives For

VOLUNTEERS

Educating and inspiring exceptional volunteer leaders in North American Jewish Communities.

Wexner Heritage Program

WEXNER HERITAGE PROGRAM

For providing up-and-coming North American Jewish volunteer leaders with an intensive Jewish learning program, deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values and texts and enriching their leadership skills.


Perfect For:
Jewish Volunteer Leaders

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Wexner Service Corps

WEXNER SERVICE CORPS

The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors in Columbus, OH, to participate in a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning followed by a week-long service trip. A select group of Corps members can return for a second year to join the Senior Leadership Cohort (SLC).


Perfect For:
Teenagers in Columbus, Ohio

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Leadership Initiatives For

ISRAELIS

Developing outstanding leaders for public service in Israel.

Wexner Israel Fellowship

WEXNER ISRAEL FELLOWSHIP

Up to 10 outstanding mid-career Israeli public officials are selected annually to study for a Masters degree in the mid-career program of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The goal of the fellowship is to provide Israel’s next generation of public leaders with advanced leadership and public management training.


Perfect For:
Mid-level Israeli Public Officials

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Wexner Senior Leaders

WEXNER SENIOR LEADERS

An executive model leadership initiative, which aims to strengthen skills and design strategies for leading transformative change, acquiring new tools for better decision-making, and developing strategies to be employed by some of Israel’s most promising and influential senior leaders in the public sector.


Perfect For:
Senior-level Israeli Public Officials

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WEXNER ALUMNI SUMMITS

Bringing together alumni of our network focused on solving critical problems though collaborative leading.

Wexner Summits provide a platform for alumni across all five of our adult programs to work together to confront major challenges facing the Jewish world. Alumni coalesce around projects and emerge with new allies, inspiration and skill sets to move the dial on urgent issues.

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Wexner Network in action

Spotlighting the ways our Alumni, Fellows and Members are leading their communities.

Articulating Jewish Visions

“The chavruta methodology is fundamentally empowering,” said Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. “You can—you should—read the text for yourself and form your own understanding. Every text is multi-vocal. When you read it in partnership, with multiple voices, you are discovering the richness of the text, and it comes alive as a result.” Read more from The Covenant Foundation.

WHP Alumni Geoffrey Lewis (Boston 2) and Lindy Miller (Atlanta 18) have been working with The Abraham Initiatives on creating a society in Israel where all citizens are provided full and equal citizenship. “Arabic as a Culture Bridge,” a course designed to help break down barriers, is their latest project.

The Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) is preparing to release its second commissioned study with a conversation on Thursday, August 12 including panelists WHP Alum Ginna Green (East Bay 10), WFF Analucía Lopezrevoredo (Class 5) and WFF Janu Mendel (Class 4).

Receiving the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in Israel were Wexner Senior Leaders: Dr. Osnat Luxenburg (2015) Dep. Dir. Gen. and head of Medical Technologies, Professor Chezi Levy (2015), Dir. Gen. of the Health Ministry and Avi Ben Zaken (2020) Dep. Dir. Gen. for Infrastructure Planning and Dev.

Through her role with MyJewishLearning.com, WGF/DS Alum Sharon Weiss-Greenberg (Class 20) has been bringing together online learning across the world through The Hub, in addition to providing thousands of subscribers with adult online Jewish education and events. Now The Hub is focusing on bringing on new synagogues and nonprofits as partners. Learn more.

A Life-changing Program in Every Sense of the Word

“A wonderful opportunity to take a step back and work on myself, create a better sense of my goals and aspirations and strengthen my leadership and management skills. Joining an active community of senior, interdisciplinary professionals of the highest standards has been critical to my ongoing professional development.

 

WIF Alum Nicole Hod Stroh (Class 30), Executive Director, Merage Foundation Israel

MORE ABOUT US

We’ve been focused on developing leaders since 1985. Learn more about us.

History

Founded in 1980’s, The Wexner Foundation has been a pioneer in the field of Jewish private philanthropy, a field that has grown to include dozens of foundations that devote themselves on a national and international scale to the needs of the Jewish people.

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Program By The Numbers

Focused on leadership since 1985, we have supported the training of 3,000 Wexner Fellows and Members in North America and Israel through our leadership initiatives.

Alumni

At the core of our work is an expansive and diverse Alumni network exercising transformative leadership locally and globally.

Our Team

Driven by professionalism, Jewish values and a commitment to excellence, our Wexner Foundation team supports all current and past Fellows and Members as they put their leadership skills to use within their own Jewish communities.

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Our Funders

Motivated by a passion for the North American Jewish community and the State of Israel, Les and Abigail Wexner, pioneers in Jewish private philanthropy, are steadfast in their belief that a diverse cadre of connected leaders, educated in Jewish life and in the art of leadership, are essential for the enduring strength of our People.

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The Latest from The Foundation ›

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

Wexner Alumni in Israel Assume New Roles

Clockwise from the top left: Modi Ephraim, Yuval Melamed, Avi Dadon, Tziona Koenig-Yair, Zvi Vapri, Reda Monsour, Avi Gil, Eyal Hulata, and Salman Zarka. Appointments Wexner Israel Fellow Alum Tziona Koenig-Yair (Class 24) has been appointed Director General of The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Wexner Senior Leader Modi Ephraim (2016) has been appointed as the Israeli Ambassador in Hague. Wexner Israel Fellow Alum Dr. Eyal Hulata (Class 21) has been appointed [...]

A New Leader to Launch the Jews of Color Leadership Cohort

Welcome Tonda! The Jews of Color cohort, launching this fall, will be coordinated by a newly engaged educational consultant and leadership development professional, Tonda Case. 

A Conversation on Trauma

A gradual return is extremely important as it is what lets us process the events. If we plunge back into our normal routine, the outcome is amnesia of sorts. We delete the events from our minds without having processed them properly and it might meet us unprepared next time.

Moving Forward and Looking for Time

It can be comforting to hear that what we feel is timeless, a universal and inevitable aspect of the human experience. Sometimes, a quiet moment with a line of ancient poetry or prayer can be just the salve.

Wexner Learning Library ›

Stay up-to-date with the latest recordings and teachings from members of our dynamic staff, faculty and network.

The Latest from The Foundation ›

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

Wexner Learning Library ›

Stay up-to-date with the latest recordings and teachings from members of our dynamic staff, faculty and network.

Our leadership programs in Israel are open for applicants. Wexner Israel Fellowship eligibility forms are now available. Interested in the Wexner Senior Leaders? Click here.