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Heard Round WexWorld: Storms

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Amy Dean, Elyse Kalmans, Joe Kaplan, Joe Korn, Mytyl Simancas, Joe Williams

We have a very strong and cohesive community in Miami — very blessed. When situations like Irma arise, our community rises to the occasion to help each other. Keeping tabs, offering shelter and making sure we come out on the other side even more viable than before. We are entering the New Year with a greater understanding of how it's important to be as one rather than allowing unnecessary divisions to take hold.   — Amy Dean (WHP Alum, Miami, and Chair of The Greater Miam…

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Join Us in Building Connections for Social Change

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Sharon Avraham-Weiss, Mike Gildesgame, David Rosenn and Stuart Rossman

Water is not a consumer good.  It is a fundamental right.  In 2010, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) received an influx of complaints from families who were disconnected from their water supply.  Tens of thousands of families who were unable to keep up with their steep water bills were gradually being stripped of their right to water.   Over the past three decades, the Israeli government has yielded responsibility of public services to the hands of the mark…

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No Room for Small Dreams

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 by Nadav Tamir

I was privileged to serve under Shimon Peres as his Diplomatic Advisor where I gained remarkable insight into his creativity and political astuteness as a leader.  He significantly influenced my perception of the world,  teaching me the value of hope over impasse,  win-win over zero-sum and optimism in the face of challenges.  The book, No Room for Small Dreams, written in his penultimate year, perfectly captures these values while chronicling his memories from the founding d…

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Under Your Own Vine and Fig Tree

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 by David Segal

When it comes to messianic visions, I prefer a smaller scale. Being raptured into the blinding glow of God's heavenly presence sounds uncomfortable and, frankly, unsustainable. What happens the morning after the rapture? Brunch?   The biblical prophets gave us a grand image of a glorious day when all the kingdoms of the earth will gather to march up Jerusalem's holy mount, praising God together. Roll the credits, right? But I'm more interested in what happens after the epic mountaintop pr…

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Day Schools Produce Jewish Leaders When Teachers Thrive

Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by Dr. Ziva Hassenfeld

Teachers cannot create and sustain the conditions for the productive development of children if those conditions do not exist for teachers,” wrote Seymour B. Sarason, Yale professor and psychologist.  Sarason points out a truth that is self-evident to most teachers and, upon reflection, applicable to all of us: We cannot teach something in which we are not actively engaged.  If we wish to develop our students with a curiosity, inquiry and proclivity towards the critical thinking …

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Blooms from a Wexner Collaboration Grant

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Avi Killip

Imagine a world in which all Jewish professionals took time to enhance their own Jewish learning.  A world in which Jewish learning didn’t stop after formal graduate training, and where retirement was not the next opportunity for intensive Jewish study.  Today Jewish professionals — no matter the level of their learning background — rarely take time for intensive Jewish study once they are in the field.  The work is demanding and fills the hours.  Opportunit…

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The Leadership Fear of Success

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Erica Brown

One of the most puzzling aspects of the book of Jonah is the prophet’s fear of success.  It’s easy to relate to a failing leader, to a man who runs away from responsibility and, ultimately, destiny.  We’ve all been there.  Like Jonah, most of us have faced inadequacy, imposter syndrome, insecurity and the desire to hide when we’re needed most.  And that was just yesterday.   But when Jonah was spat out on the shores of a second chance, the text …

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Heard Round WexWorld: Houston

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Audrey Fersten, Lisa Gurwitch, Joe Kaplan, Elyse Kalmans, Robert Levy, David Rosenn, David Scott, Joe Williams

Awful. Just awful. Friend had to be rescued by helicopter from roof.  Thank God we are ok. No power and water got ridiculously close to front door. No water in house. Water has receded. Street drivable but many areas still under water. Lewis just asked me to Amazon Prime a kayak. Still no power. Girls slept next door — they have a generator.  Raining again.  This will be a long rebuilding for our community.     WHP Alum and WHP Alumni Council Delegate, Elyse Kalm…

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A Reflection of Struggle and Gratitude: A D'var Torah from the New Member Institute in Aspen

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Alicia Chandler

Let every valley be raised Every hill and mount made low Let the rugged ground become level And the ridges become a plain   Isaiah 40:4   I have always struggled with this passage from the Prophet Isaiah, but never more so than standing amongst the mountains of Aspen.  Hearing this passage in isolation, it always feels to me more like a threat than the consolation it is intended to be.   In context, this passage makes sense.  The Prophet Isaiah is speaking to the …

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We Don't Really Graduate — We Up Our Game

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jenifer Newmark

My Wexner certificate came in the mail, marking the formal end of my time in the Wexner Heritage Program.  Wexner changed my life, in more ways that one.  Wexner gave me the knowledge and tools I need to lead my community into a brighter future, but more importantly, it gave me myself.   I prepared for the panel interview for what seemed like months.  During that interview, I hoped they could not see my legs shaking under the table.  I left thinking I blew it. No way t…

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