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Mindfulness and Collaborative Leadership

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Or Mars

The founding of the Jewish Meditation Project of Columbus four years ago wasn’t as much an act of leadership as it was one of self-interest. I wanted a Jewish meditation group for myself so I designed a flyer, I created a website, and I hoped that people would come. And even if they didn’t, then I would be content to sit mindfully in my solitude. Eventually a group of regulars formed, each bringing their own gifts of curiosity and loving attention to the others. But the facilitation…


From Seattle Yoga and Coffee to Kivvun Spirituality

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Julie Kohl

When my husband and I moved to Seattle, I found that in addition to the requisite coffee shop, there was also a yoga studio on every corner.  So, I started taking yoga classes.  The practice of being present and breathing while in an uncomfortable position on the mat was good practice for my life off the mat.  The details may vary but everyone’s life will present challenges. In my case, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and I spent a lot of time with her, whil…


Heard Round WexWorld: Mindfulness Practiced

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Carole Caplan, David Gottlieb, Riki Levy Goldberg, Michael Mantell, Julie Potiker, Edith Raphael Brotman, David Strulowitz, Andrew Zack

  Carole Caplan, WHP Alum (Chicago 06) - Ann Arbor, MI I'm blessed, really, to have practiced and taught meditation throughout the past three decades -- and often still feel like a beginner! For me, the practice allows the 'balcony view' of situations to come into focus more readily, and makes it easier to see those whose paths I cross as having been created b'tzelem elohim.   Carole is an advocate of both spirituality and environmentalism.  She now enjoys teaching othe…


Being Jewish and an Elected Official

Posted on Monday, January 08, 2018 by Greg Landsman

This past November, I won a seat on our city council. In a swing state and in a field of more than twenty candidates, I was voted into office — and on a platform of making Cincinnati one of the best places in the country for children and families, focusing on those among us who have been left out and behind.  Those who aren’t fully free.  My Judaism was a motivating factor in my decision to enter politics.    As a child, Passover was my favorite holiday.  …


Jerusalem: Sovereignty or Stewardship

Posted on Monday, January 08, 2018 by Frederick L. Klein

Reposted with thanks to   Recently, the U.S. President precipitated an international stir, declaring that the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.  Reaction was swift.  Some applauded and some condemned. Some asserted that this was a needless obstacle to peacemaking while others viewed this as a critical correction in U.S. policy.  Some congratulated the United States while others expressed ambivalence ab…


We All Helped Build The Wall Of Silence Around Victims Of Sexual Assault

Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2018 by Guila Benchimol

Reposted with thanks to   Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment claims led to Roger Ailes's downfall, recently stated that "the culture of concealment and denial is coming to an end" and the Silence Breakers were just named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. But a culture of silence does not simply end when its victims are ready to speak up.  For victims to be heard, we must understand what role we play in building the silence around them.  …


Christian-Jewish Leadership Project

Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2018 by Carla Fenves

  When I participated in the Wexner Summit that took place in Israel in 2016, it was the first time that I had traveled to Israel in ten years.  The trip made me realize how much I had been avoiding the harder conversations about my community’s and my own relationship to Israel.  I returned from the Summit with a personal commitment to return to Israel annually, each time with a different lens.   Recently, I participated in the Christian Jewish Leadership Project …


What Community Development Can Teach Us About Self-Development

Posted on Monday, January 01, 2018 by Yakov Danishefsky

Reposted with thanks to   Leadership, at its best, is fueled by a fervent desire for change and the ardent commitment to a dream.  But zealotry, whatever its worth, is not leadership.  Leadership consultant, Marty Linsky, writes that “Leadership is disappointing your people at a rate they can absorb.” If the leader expresses too much passion, she loses her people.  Too little passion, and she loses herself and her cause.  Being passionate enough to…


The Transformation of Shibli

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Ori Ilan, Ruth Wasserman Lande, Itamar Shachar and Eli Shermeister

The Israel town of Shibli has gone through a tremendous transformation over the past year.  Here are some Wexner Israeli Alumni and Network Members discussing the transformation.


Heard Round Wexworld: Trump's Acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Reuven Avital, Samantha Garelick, Ami Hersh, Zoya Raynes, Talis Resin, David Rosenberg

Samantha Garelick, WHP Alum (LA 15)     I assessed President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement the way many of my close friends and colleagues did — on the basis of a question: Is this good or bad for peace?   As a proud Jew and a strong advocate for a two-state solution, I care deeply about the decisions Israel makes and their ramifications on the peace process.   I thought the Jerusalem proclamation would be another display of empty theatrics. But when I…


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