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Wexner Service Corps Plants, Weeds Garden to see Future Growth

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 by Blair Glimcher

The Wexner Service Corps is a program designed to inspire and unite Columbus-area Jewish teens to engage in service learning. The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long service trip, followed by a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning.   On Sunday, October 14, we volunteered at St. Stephen’s Community House. When we volunteer, we like to learn about the organizations we work with. We learned that St. Stephen’s has serv…

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A Perspective on Republican and Jewish Values

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Larry Greenfield

Kudos to the Wexner team for inviting balancing perspectives on Jews and politics as we approach the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States. The substantive content in Jewish text, history and contemporary ideas of our studies in the Wexner Heritage Program in Los Angeles inspired me and empowered my intellectual contributions as a speaker and columnist with the Jewish Journal.   In addition to my service in U.S. Naval Intelligence Reserves, I have also worked in a senior capacity w…

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Wexner Service Corps Helps Students in Need on Rosh Hashanah

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 by Lydia Colvin

The Wexner Service Corps is a program designed to inspire and unite Columbus-area Jewish teens to engage in service learning. The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long service trip, followed by a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning.   On September 9, Wexner Service Corps was scheduled to help at an event called the Buddy Box 6000, where we would pack boxes of food for kids in need. However, due to rain, this event was cancelled…

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Going Through the Holidays with Las Vegas on our Minds

Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 by Shira Goodman

It's hard for me to say Happy New Year this week.  It seems wrong.  There is so much pain and loss now.  On the heels of devastating hurricanes and the ongoing crises in those areas hardest hit, we have now experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.  That "record," set in Las Vegas, is eclipsing the one set only last year at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.    In the almost exactly five years I have worked in gun violence preventi…

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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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Israel’s Civil Society and Us: Leadership, Values and Collective Impact

Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

Emerging from a year of intensive work by Wexner Israel and Graduate Fellowship Alumni, Wexner Heritage Alumni and Wexner Senior Leaders all working together through the Summit "Stronger Together: (Re)Imagining the North American Israeli Relationship", a three-pronged project has emerged to improve civil society in Israel and to strengthen leadership and business relationships with North American groups. Our Summit project, entitled "CIVL: Collective Impact, Values and Leadership"…

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Heard Round WexWorld: Teens Serving The Steel City

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Haley Bernstein, Leah Fogel, Lily Goldberg, Daniel Griffaton, Sammie Kass, Emily Munster, Avigayil Rosenberg, Mara Sanderow, Leo Schottenstein, Romi Winston

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the Wexner Service Corps (WSC) in Pittsburgh. I have never participated in service work like this before. It made me more appreciative for all the opportunities I have. Partnering with Open Hand Ministries to work on the house renovation project was my favorite experience of the trip. Seeing the work and the difference we made in just two short days was very humbling. I knew the effort we put in would result in a beautiful home for a family who worked so…

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Musings on Freedom: History Repeats Itself

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Jamie Ramsfelder

Pesach is a story of the long journey from degradation to dignity and is a theme that continues to repeat itself throughout history.  This year at my seder, and during this week when we tell the story and journey from then to now and from bondage to freedom, I am mindful that the journey is far from over.    I recently went on a civil rights trip to Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.  The trip was advertised as a journey not only about the Civil Rights Movement, but…

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Reflections on My Experience in the Wexner Service Corps

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Julia Cohn

I applied to the Wexner Service Corps in 2015 after hearing positive feedback from friends who had participated in the program previously. I was entering my junior year of high school, and I had never been on a service trip, let alone one with a focus on Jewish service. I spent two summers at Jewish camp during middle school, but, aside from religious school, that was the extent of my time engaged in significant Jewish learning.   In June of that year, I traveled with 40 other teens to De…

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