The Latest From The Foundation

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

Miriam Prum Hess is a Vice President of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and Director of Day School Operations for its Bureau of Jewish Education. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mark, and two children Eliana and Ezra, who both attend day school. She invites you to contact her for more information on starting Concierge programs in your community. She can be reached at or mprumhess@bjela.org. The double

During the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, it is the custom in our congregation that as the name of each person who died during the previous year is read, their loved ones stand to indicate their status as mourners* to the rest of the congregation. This part of the service takes several minutes. If you must stand though, it feels like an eternity until the rest of the congregation rises

During the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, it is the custom in our congregation that as the name of each person who died during the previous year is read, their loved ones stand to indicate their status as mourners* to the rest of the congregation. This part of the service takes several minutes. If you must stand though, it feels like an eternity until the rest of the congregation rises

Paul Sunshine, a current Wexner Heritage Member from San Francisco, is a donor to the Machiah Fellowship, on the steering committee of the Young Funders’ Forum of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, serves on the board of the Northern California Innocence Projects, and is active with American Jewish World Service. He can be reached at paulsunshine@sbcglobal.net Last month, I participated in the Wexner Heritage Israel Institute. One of the most

Seth Krosner, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from San Diego, is a trauma surgeon. He is active in Jewish Education, synagogue leadership and is serving as Chair of  “JPride,” an outreach committee to the Jewish LGBT community of San Diego.  He can be reached at DocSMK@aol.com. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not pick it over again; that shall go to the stranger, the fatherless and the widow. Always remember that you were a slave

Dr. Nina Butler is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program and can be reached at nbutler@avichaina.org. After spending 25 of the last 30 years working at the school next-door, the last seven as principal, she is now the national Educational Consultant to the AVI CHAI Foundation, commuting the 400 miles from Pittsburgh to Manhattan.  Note: When Brigitte coaxed me into writing this D’var Torah, she could not have anticipated that

Dafna Siegman is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, during which she pursued doctoral work in Jewish History at Columbia University. She served as Director of Curriculum Development for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute in Jerusalem and she teaches Tanach at Nishmat in Jerusalem. She can be reached at dafnasiegman@gmail.com Parashat Shemot recounts Moshe’s rise to leadership. After killing an Egyptian, Moshe fled to Midian. There he

August 8, 2007 Rabbi Sue Fendrick, an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, is Senior Research Associate at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, a freelance editor and writer, and the granddaughter of Samuel Kitzes z”l. She lives with her family in Newton, MA. She can be reached at fendrick@brandeis.edu  Some would say that my youngest children have too many names.  The night before the

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, is executive director of Mechon Hadar: An Institute for Prayer, Personal Growth and Jewish Study (www.mechonhadar.org). This summer, Mechon Hadar launched a full-time yeshiva that offers men and women in their 20s an opportunity for traditional text study, egalitarian prayer and social action with a special focus on personal religious growth. He is a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar (www.kehilathadar.org), an

Jul 2007

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Nina Gelfand Harris, M.A. LCSW, is a social worker in private practice specializing in adolescents and over the summer is the Camp Social Worker at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. She is a member of the Chicago 06 Wexner Heritage Group.  Nina can be reached at AHarris772@aol.com.  I have been involved in Jewish communal work for as long as I can remember.  To pay my bills  in college and graduate school, I held