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When Marketing, Substance and Boldness Meet - Making Your Own Mazel

Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2016 by Alison Pincus

There are moments and meals that leave an indelible mark. For me, a semi-recent one was a breakfast meeting that I had with Wexner classmate Ron Beller (SF 14) and Noa Kushner, the seriously cool and brave Founding Rabbi of The Kitchen in San Francisco.  This defining discussion took place in April of 2015 at a now-defunct diner in San Francisco — we were meant to be discussing The Kitchen’s fundraising efforts. I had just returned from a trip to Israel and was temporarily conv…

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Who is Behind the Fight Against Islamophobia in France?

Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2016 by Noam Ohana

Although the burkini affair was definitely put to rest by France’s highest administrative court, it left many Americans wondering about the level of islamophobia in France. Understandably, the media coverage relied heavily on the voices of influential French Muslim activists who have been at the forefront of the fight against islamophobia. The message of these activists has been especially damaging to the French government, whom they accused of being the main driver of racism against Musli…

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Leonard Cohen’s Message for the Future

Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 by Stephen Hazan Arnoff

[Leonard] Cohen was not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet.  He was actually the son of a beloved Jewish Montreal family and the grandson of a religious man with whom he used to study the prophets — the Book of Isaiah to be exact — in the original Hebrew.  But in his way, as much as rock and roll and popular culture can allow, he brought a prophetic message to the radio as effectively as any figure of our time, notwithstanding his pal Bob Dylan. Cohen called himself &ldqu…

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Fighting BDS Through Art and the Art of Relationships

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2016 by David Pollock

I know many in the Wexner network are working to fight BDS on campus, so I thought I'd share this article with the story of how my wife and I pushed back at the pro-BDS forces at UCLA.  We have to shift the agenda on these campuses any way we can.  This was my only leverage with the University so I used it.  I’m sure there are many more creative ways for Wexner Alumni to push back on the BDS groups currently running amok at several major universities. Feel free to post uniq…

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Fighting BDS Through Humor

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Anastasia Torres-Gil

After attending an absolutely shocking BDS seminar, I decided to create a pro-Israel comic to educate people through humor.  Having worked as a prosecuting attorney, I appreciate zealous advocacy, however, through my life experience, I have come to see that often humor is actually more effective.  When I argue facts that I feel unquestionably defend Israeli actions or policy in my own liberal community, people just tune me out and shut down. So, I created Zionist Pugs to promote Israe…

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Law Enforcement During Times of War

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Brenda Morginstin

Israel’s Wexner Leadership Forum provides an excellent opportunity for connecting with colleagues from the various Wexner programs, including American alumni living in or visiting Israel.  We meet twice yearly — in the spring and fall — to discuss public policy and leadership issues in Israel, offering a broad range of voices and viewpoints presented by members of our community of Wexner alumni. As usual, our meeting last week elicited much, often heated discussion, …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by The Wexner Foundation

Even in times of change and uncertainty there is always room for gratitude.  Last week more than 100 Wexner alumni came together for a video call of healing following the negativity and divisiveness of the 2016 U.S. election.  As we near the end of this difficult year, we look to the coming days where we will join with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. As with many Jewish holidays, Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to acknowledge those things for which we are grateful. I…

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The Cubs Win! Baruch HaShem?

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Jamie Bornstein

I’m staring intently at one of the 40" flat screen TV’s in a standing-room only sports bar in Skokie, IL, and I stand out like a sore thumb.  In the mob surrounding me, every soul, patron and server, is laden with Cubs gear.  I, on the other hand, am wearing a blue blazer, dress shirt, slacks… and my Red Sox hat.  I didn’t think ahead when packing for this business trip.  I didn’t expect I’d be wading up to my shoulders in midnight bedlam …

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This American Moment: Jewish Responses to Current Challenges

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Cintra Pollack

After months of a caustic US election cycle, American Jews woke up on November 9th (or let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t ever fall asleep on the 8th) to face a dramatic shift in the sociopolitical direction of our country.  On the 12th, thousands of us convened in Washington, DC for JFNA’s annual GA conference.  I’ve attended the GA a few times before, and, while political topics are usually common at the GA, it was hard to escape a conversation without it turni…

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More Than Managing: The Foundation's First Book

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Larry Hoffman

It is actually possible not just to be part of history but to make history happen.  That, indeed, is the Jewish mandate in a nutshell (“partners with God in creation,” tikkun olam, and so forth); and if you are reading this article, you surely take that mandate seriously.  Why, I ask myself, do I insist on remaining so deeply involved in the Wexner vision, if not because that vision is the insistence on making history happen.    I mean that claim with all due se…

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