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Rabbi Carl M. Perkins, an alumnus of the first class of Wexner Graduate Fellows, is spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA and an instructor in rabbinics at the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He can be reached at rabbiperkins613@yahoo.com “In the beginning….” That’s where it all begins. One year ago, our congregation gathered with a sofer (scribe) to begin writing a sefer torah (Torah scroll). I had never experienced

Rachel Alexander, an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, is Director of Development at Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County and High School of Long Island. Although she works in Long Island, she proudly resides in New York City in her temporary shelter. She can be reached at ralexand@aol.com In 1999 I moved to New York after spending the year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. I had

Louis Berlin is a Wexner Heritage alumnus from Miami Beach who is involved in a variety of Jewish social action causes. He can be reached at louisberlin@comcast.net. This is the season to sit and pray. Then, it is up to us to act, to make the prayers reality. Last year, about 40,000 children in Israel were victims of abuse, generally at the hands of parents or relatives. We can cut

Louis Berlin is a Wexner Heritage alumnus from Miami Beach who is involved in a variety of Jewish social action causes. He can be reached at louisberlin@comcast.net. This is the season to sit and pray. Then, it is up to us to act, to make the prayers reality. Last year, about 40,000 children in Israel were victims of abuse, generally at the hands of parents or relatives. We can cut

Rabbi Dov Weiss, an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, is the Director of Admissions of Yeshiva Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is also pursuing a PhD in Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  He can be reached at dyweiss@aol.com. Over the last ten years, I have had the distinct privilege of working with one of

Shafi Nujidat, an alumnus of the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program, is Head of the Department of Education of the Bu’eina-Nujidat Local Council, a Bedouin town located in the north of Israel. He is happy to host Wexner alumni in his town and can be reached at 4shafi@gmail.com. For many years, I have been Head of the Department of Education and Culture of the Bu’eina- Nujidat Local Council. Bu’eina-Nujidat is a

Stefanie Zelkind, an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, serves as the Director of Youth Philanthropy at the Jewish Funders Network. If you are interested in bringing Jewish youth philanthropy to your community and joining the Jewish TEEN Funders Network, please contact Stefanie at szelkind@jfunders.org. You must not remain indifferent. Deuteronomy 22:3 Brightly colored posters lined the corridor of the high school. Conference registrants wore huge buttons on their

Rabbi Joshua Elkin is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (www.peje.org). He can be reached at josh@peje.org The high drama found in the book of Devarim is unmistakable: the revered leader Moshe is addressing the people of Israel in the twilight of his life and just prior to the entry into the promised land of Israel (Canaan), which he will never experience, Moshe steps back

Rabbi Allen Sellis is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program.  Allen is  Head of School of The Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis.  He can be reached at aselis@ssdsstl.org. If you’re a leader, don’t be afraid to do these three things:  Face up.  Fess up.  Fix up. In the summer of 2007, I assumed the headship of a Jewish day school in St. Louis.  I spent that

Don Abramson, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from San Francisco, is a past chair of the American Jewish World Service and a current board member. His support of the Jerusalem AIDS Project is independent of AJWS. If interested in being involved in the Jerusalem AIDS Project’s work, please contact Don at borscht88@aol.com. How do we know how to act properly and effectively in facing one of the biggest moral and medical

Applications are open for Class 34 of the Wexner Israel Fellowship.