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WIF Alumni and WSL Network Members Explore Aliyah Experiences of Russian-speaking Israelis

Posted on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 by Keren Zefania

We held our winter alumni "Four Tribes Gathering" this week at the Jaffa Theater with nearly 50 people attending. The event had two parts: the first was a lecture and the second a performance, called Tusovka night, a blend of poetry, music and spoken word. We collaborated with the Cultural Brigade, an organization of young artists who made Aliyah with their families from the former Soviet Union at a young age.  Members of the Brigade call themselves the "1.5 generation" as they still live …

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Online Zohar Course

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Daniel Matt

As many of you know, several years ago I completed my annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition). Now I am starting to teach Zohar online. Beginning January 16, 2019 (through February 20), I am offering a 6-session course on Wednesday evenings, from 6 pm – 7:15 pm, Pacific time, via Zoom. After this initial course, we will continue with additional courses.   We will be exploring Volume 1 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. The course is open to anyone who is intere…

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Inspiring Wexner Reunion at Chicago Jewish Day School

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Wendy Newberger

Good evening, I am Wendy Newberger, Wexner Class of 1999 and Founding Board member of Chicago Jewish Day School. I am honored to be welcoming you here this evening. This may be the first Wexner Reunion of its kind here in Chicago - and we are thrilled to have such a wonderful turnout of Wexner Heritage and Wexner Fellows from across so many years. You may be wondering what the impedance for this reunion was…and you may be surprised to learn that it did not come from the Wexner Foundation…

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Breaking Way out of the Box

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2018 by Moj Khaghan

Wexner Heritage Alum Moj Khagan Danial (Miami 11), is an attorney in Miami and has dedicated the last 10 years (other than to her family) to Jewish, civic and philanthropic leadership. She is now Strategic Planning Committee Chair for the March of the Living; prior to that, she was Planning & Distribution and Women’s Philanthropy Chair at the Federation. She also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Public Health Trust of Jackson Health System and Vice Chair of the Housing Authority o…

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Civil Discourse Around the Thanksgiving Table

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Becca Thomas

At a recent Wexner Summit that included Wexner Israel Fellows and Senior Leaders, Graduate Fellowship Alumni and Heritage Program Alumni, this dynamic group came together for the final Summit in a series about Civil Discourse. Having started the conversation early in 2017, this group has engaged in deep dialogue, learning, problem-solving and collaborative work targeted at enhancing the understanding of those engaged in conversation.   Among the many lessons and takeaways gleaned from th…

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The World’s Jewish Museum - Showing That Our Tribe is Universal

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and Laura Solomon

Sometimes our identity and membership in this wonderful tribe of Jews creates tension with Western notions of political and social universalism. It can feel like cognitive dissonance or yet another “gap” to add to those between Democrats and Republicans, US and Israeli Jews, the secular and religious, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. Maybe each us of just needs to be a “[wo]man in the streets and Jew at home,” to quote Yehuda Leib Gordon.   But that’s not wha…

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Condolences from WHP Montreal 17 to Pittsburgh 18

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Samantha Mintz

Wexner Heritage Member Samantha Mintz (Montreal 17) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She received her BCL and LLB from McGill University and practiced tax and estate planning in a law and accounting firm in Montreal before working as a tax planning professional at the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. Samantha is now a full-time volunteer channeling her energy as Vice President of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and is a member of the planning and allocations committee at Fede…

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Books for Healing Pittsburgh's Children

Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 by Kristen Keller

As I sit down to write this, it has been nine days since the horrific, antisemitic massacre at Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha in Pittsburgh. I’ve tried every day for the past five days to get my thoughts together and write something. Nothing seems right.    Chances are, you have read many news articles and watched the news and seen pictures of my beautiful city. Perhaps you saw the front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, with the first line of Mourner’s Kaddish printe…

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Talking about the Pittsburgh Massacre with Alan Dershowitz

Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 by Danny Grossman

I am turning to you, fellow Wexnerim, to share the latest edition of One on One with Alan Dershowitz, which includes a moving segment with Wexner Heritage Alum Lou Weiss (Pittsburgh) from Pittsburgh's Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha synagogue and a discussion on how Israel views this tragedy.   To engage in public diplomacy on behalf of Israel, We launched this show over two years ago with a veteran warrior in the realm, Professor Alan Dershowitz. With my help Professor Dershowitz ha…

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Braiding Stories and Interpretation into Challah

Posted on Monday, November 05, 2018 by Vanessa Harper

A little over a year ago — last Shabbat Noach — I made a rainbow challah to bring to a school shabbaton. One of my teachers asked, “Wow, do you theme your challot to the parasha every week?” Having never made challah with any regularity, let alone a parasha-themed challah before that afternoon, I replied foolishly, “I guess I do now!”   Thus began a year-long passion project in creative culinary Torah commentary — punnily dubbed “lechlechall…

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