The Latest From The Foundation

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

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 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  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 ( 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 (, an

Jul 2007

Role Confusion

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  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

Dr. Eitan Homa, a San Francisco Wexner Heritage alumnus, enjoys shaking foundations of thought. He may be reached at It’s July 2007. If you want a great traditional dvar torah? Google Matot-Masei. Want something a little different. Keep reading. So, do you keep kosher? Oh, only in the home and on Passover you say. Why are we as a people so schizoid about this week’s parsha commandment of keeping

The Wexner Foundation Electronic Beit Midrash Parashat Pinchas Sefer Bamidbar: The Clash of Vision and Reality By Rabbi Fred Klein Fred Klein is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Class VI. He is the Director of Community Chaplaincy at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and the Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He can be reached at For millennia, philosophers have imagined what

Marjory Kaplan is an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Program, San Diego 03.  She is the, CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation in San Diego.  Marjory can be reached at Books have always been my mentors.  Reading Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, I was horrified by the stories of people trying to survive on minimum wage in this country.  Certainly we can all work to find systemic solutions

Evan Muney is a Wexner Heritage Alum from San Francisco where he serves on the Executive of the Federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee. He is also a partner in Camp Kimama, an international Jewish summer camp in Israel, where he will be spending this summer and promoting dialogue between Israeli and Diaspora Jews. He would be happy to have visitors. Contact him at Imagine an Israeli attorney and teacher

Yosef Israel Abramowitz, who blogs daily at, supported the candidacy of Einat Wilf for President of the World Jewish Congress. He is a member of Kol Dor and lives in the wilderness of the Arava. He can be reached at   KIBBUTZ KETURA–In one of those biting and perhaps ironic alignments of Torah and public Jewish life, we read Parashat Korah as three contemporary rebellions came to a climax

Susan G. Bluer is a member of Wexner Heritage, San Francisco ’06.  She practices employment discrimination law with her cousin and can be reached at “The personal is political.”  This is one of the first expressions or mottos I recall from my early days as an activist.  Now, some twenty-five years later, this phrase still typifies my approach to activism and leadership.  Too often, we think of leadership in