Leadership Initiatives For


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

Wexner Davidson Fellowship


For emerging Jewish communal professionals who seek to advance into leadership roles in the North American Jewish community.

Perfect For:
Jewish Professionals ages 26 – 36


Wexner Field Fellowship


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

Perfect For:
Jewish Professionals ages 37 – 50


Leadership Initiatives For


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

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


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


Leadership Initiatives For


Developing outstanding leaders for public service in Israel.

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


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



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.


Wexner Network in action

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

Articulating Jewish Visions

The Jewels of Elul is a collection of short, inspirational insights for the High Holy Days from personalities who influence our global community, including many who have participated in one of our leadership initiatives. This year’s compilation features WGF/DS Alumni Aaron Dorfman (Class 14) and Rachel Timoner (Class 17). Whether in song, video or written word, Jewels provide a moment of reflection.

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) recently released its second commissioned study with a conversation including panelists WHP Alum Ginna Green (East Bay 10), WFF Analucía Lopezrevoredo (Class 5) and WFF Janu Mendel (Class 4).

ShalomLearning’s Co-founder, incoming Board Chair, and WHP alum Devin Schain (Washington DC 13), is seeing his vision become a reality as Jewish education continues to thrive. The program’s technology and teacher training and support are helping to make Jewish education more meaningful and accessible.

Through her role with, 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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Latest from The Foundation ›

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

The Wexner Foundation Announces Class 1 of the Wexner Davidson Fellowship

      The Wexner Foundation, in partnership with the William Davidson Foundation, proudly announces its inaugural cohort of the Wexner Davidson Fellowship. Designed for Jewish professionals aged 26-36 working full-time in North American Jewish organizations, the three-year Fellowship offers unparalleled opportunities for cohort-based learning, peer networking, mentorship, and immersive experiences, including a week in Israel. Fellows will benefit from coaching, personalized Jewish learning, and will receive additional funding for […]

The Wexner Foundation Announces Class 8 of Field Fellows

      The Wexner Foundation, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, welcomes Class 8 of the Wexner Field Fellowship. Utilizing the diverse, cohort-based learning that is the hallmark of Foundation leadership initiatives, Field Fellows learn from experienced faculty and develop tools to enhance their leadership while address the pressing issues in the Jewish community. These fifteen professionals were selected from a competitive pool of applicants for this three-year […]

Letter to Harvard Board

October 16, 2023  Dear Harvard Board of Overseers,   More than three decades ago, The Wexner Foundation identified Harvard Kennedy School as the ideal university setting for developing and educating Israel’s Public Service leaders. Central to our choice was Harvard’s rigorous academic standards and the Kennedy School’s steadfast commitment to honoring diversity. We aspired to place emerging leaders among global peers sincerely interested in each other’s perspectives. We were confident [...]

Resources for Israel

On Monday, October 9th, Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, President, sent out a letter to our network with words of deep empathy and support, and a promise to follow up with resources for our North American “family”, including talking points and where to donate. There are many such lists now available, and we have compiled some of the most helpful in one place to help you continue to lead in your […]

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.