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Stronger Together at the General Assembly in Tel Aviv

Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 by Or Mars

Many assumptions are made about the fraying relationship between Israelis and the North American Jewish Community (NAJC) and how to strengthen it. As with any loving relationship, communication is key to survival. The Wexner Foundation, due to our alumni networks in Israel and North America, is uniquely situated to encourage this communication.   At this year’s Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Tel Aviv, 60 of our alumni gathered to facilitate a 300-per…

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Winds of Change? The Role of Women in Israel's Upcoming Elections

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by Alit Wiel-Shafran

The upcoming election for local authorities in Israel, something that occurs every five years, brings a female wind of change. Fifty-six women are running for mayor — an unprecedented number, including in the Arab and Ultra-Orthodox sectors. Currently six women serve as mayor, out of 256 local authorities. According to research conducted by the Institute for Local Government at Tel Aviv University, the last three elections show increasing numbers of women running for office in lo…

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Lunar Learnings Throughout the World

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Avi Narrow-Tilonsky

There have been a few moments in life when I have experienced déjà vu. It happened on a cool Saturday night last month in Jerusalem. I looked up searching for the moon so that I could recite kiddush levana, the prayer which sanctifies the new moon. Suddenly, I felt transported back to my childhood in New Jersey. I remembered standing outside on a cold Saturday night seeing and blessing the very same moon.   In that moment of déjà vu, I reflected on how the moo…

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Shabbat Dinner Home Hospitality, Hosted by Wexner Alumni in Israel

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Maurit Beeri

Wexner alumni in Israel recently hosted the Massachusets Executive Women's Mission to Israel for Shabbat Dinner. In addition to Maurit Beeri, WSL Network Member Michal Lebenthal Anderson (2015), WIF Alum Orit Farkash HaCohen (Class 18) and WIF Alum Rachel Benziman (Class 11) also hosted groups.   One of our family's Shabbat pleasures is to host visitors from the U.S. for dinner. These are most often assigned to us randomly, by way of our affiliation with the Mevaseret Zion Reform Congrega…

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New Israeli Fellows Prepare for Their Year at Harvard with Learning, Reflecting and Growing Together

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Nicole Hod Stroh

The Wexner Israel Fellowship, Class 30, gathered earlier this month in Rhode Island for the Wexner Israel Opening Institute. Only two months after being accepted into the program, these nine very diverse Israelis had the first in-depth opportunity to get to know each other as a cohort, to further explore Wexner’s values of leadership and peoplehood and to find our own relationship with these values as leaders.   The Institute started on Friday, August 10th, in Cambridge, with a lect…

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A Letter to My Daughter on the Eve of Her Seminary Year in Israel

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Lawrence Witt

I am guessing many of you in the Wexner Network have kids going back to school, including many in North America whose kids will be going for a year in Israel. I wrote this letter to my daughter as she embarks for an academic year of study in Jerusalem.   Dearest Malka,   In the midst of all the shopping, packing, shopping, planning, shopping, goodbye parties and did I say shopping, I did not want to forget some important thoughts that I would like to convey to you be…

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Ein Ha’Yam Neighborhood — A Model of Coexistence

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018 by Kamil Sari

As part of The Wexner Israel Fellowship alumni conference in July, it was a privilege for me to host a group of participants at the Ein Ha’Yam neighborhood — a mixed Jewish-Arab community in Haifa, where my family has been living for nearly 80 years.   The Ein Ha’Yam circular trail is a grassroots tourism project, envisioned and operated by the residents of Ein Ha’Yam neighborhood in Haifa. The trail was founded in 2011, with the aim of drawing public attenti…

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Another Message to our "Wexner" Family from Israel

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018 by Ram Shmueli

In these challenging times, we all carry the responsibility to connect hearts and minds between brothers and sisters from both sides of the ocean.   Regretfully, I was surprised to read the publication on behalf of our friends Nadav Tamir & Or Rachlevsky in last week's WexnerLEADS, that could have been misinterpreted as a statement representing all Wexner Israel Fellowship Alumni and members of the Senior Leader Network.     With careful reading the authors …

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A Message from Israeli "Wexnerim" to Our North American Family

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Nadav Tamir and several members of the Wexner Israel Alumni Community

Dear Wexner Foundation Alumni and Friends,   We, the Israeli Fellowship alumni who experienced a meaningful connection with our Jewish North American brothers & sisters during the time we spent together have learned to appreciate the value of pluralism—both religious & human—that the American Jewish communities hold at their core. Today we cannot be silent. The vast majority of us believe that a connection between the Jewish Diaspora and Israel, the nation state of the…

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Linked Arms – A Tactical Synergy for Empowering Law Enforcement

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Orit Cotev

If pressed to summarize my month at Harvard University as a Wexner Senior Leader into one, concise insight — one that I implement in my professional life — I would surely point to the principle of Cross-Boundary Collaboration.   The synergic law-enforcement strategy, adopted by the State Attorney's office, is a prime example of the de facto implementation of this principle.   In 1931, Al Capone was arrested after years of futile attempts to charge him with &…

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