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Karen Kaufman Perlman is an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Program in Los Angeles and currently a resident of San Francisco. She is on the Boards of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, the Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Vocational Service. She can be reached at A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling on a UJC boutique mission to Ethiopia and Israel, along with 13

Deb Housen-Couriel, an alumna of the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program, is now its Director. An attorney and former senior official in Israel’s Communications Department, she made aliyah from Massachusetts to Israel following her college graduation.  She can be reached at For many years I have felt that this day, or more precisely, the hours leading up to this day, are an exercise in ambiguity. There is no Erev Chag

Searle Mitnick, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from Baltimore, is Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Hillel Council and a board member of JESNA. A real estate and business attorney, he is the former president of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Beth Tfiloh Congregation. He can be reached at The Parsha for this coming Shabbat is Emor. In this Parsha, all of the biblical holidays are enumerated and described.

Ellen Kagen Waghelstein, an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Program from Washington, DC, is the founding president of Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, former chair of UJC National Young Leadership Cabinet and of Panim, and on the faculty of Georgetown University. She can be reached at I recently found myself flying out to Portland, Oregon where I was to be part of a meeting hosted by a Native

David Arnow, a Wexner Heritage alum from New York, recently co-edited My People’s Passover Haggadah (Jewish Lights, 2008) with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman. He is the author of Creating Lively Passover Seders: A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities (Jewish Lights, 2004). He can be reached at The notion that an “authentic” Passover Seder does not necessarily require a precise recitation of an unchanging text year after year

Asher Lopatin, an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, is the rabbi of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation. He has rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik and from Yeshiva University and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of Second Lieutenant after serving over two years in the Army reserves. He can be reached at My wife Rachel always laughs when I complain about my six-week

Shifra Bronznick is the founder and president of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community (, and Didi Goldenhar serves as the senior program director. Marty Linsky, a frequent faculty member for the Wexner Foundation, teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is co-founder and principal of the consultancy, Cambridge Leadership Associates ( They have co-authored the newly-released “Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Women in Jewish Organizational Life”. To reach them,

Nadine Greenfield, an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, is Associate Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Washington, DC Chapter. She can be reached at Thanks to the Wexner Foundation, we all know what it means to “network”—to be able to pick up the phone/keyboard and call on someone for guidance, expertise or just more information. We also have had the opportunity to deepen our understanding of Jewish

Mar 2008

Parashat Vayikra

Or Mars is an alumnus and Director of the Graduate Fellowship Program. He can be reached at The first word of this week’s parasha, Vayikra, asks from us to explore a different mode of interpreting Torah. It is a mode that taps into our aesthetic appreciation before we are allowed to delve into our intellectual capacity. The opening line begins, “Vayikra el Moshe vayidaber Adonai eilav.” (God called to

Jessica Marglin is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar.  She is studying for a PhD in Judaic Studies at Princeton University.  Jessica can be reached at This past summer, I spent two months in Morocco studying Arabic.  The students lived in close quarters with our Moroccan teachers and I delighted at the opportunity to spend so much time speaking Arabic.  My desire to practice Arabic constantly, combined with my limited

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