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“And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.” Esther 4:14 This question/suggestion from Mordechai to Esther has resonated throughout the four zoom calls of Wexner Alums gathering to explore what we can do to respond to the crisis in Ukraine.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the global Project Kesher community has been organizing to support Ukrainian women and families. Operating in Ukraine since 1989, Project Kesher Ukraine (PKU) has a grassroots network of over 300 trained leaders from Ukraine who are originally from more than 40 cities. Now, though they are nearly all uprooted and moving around due to war, PKU-trained leaders are working to help others.

We are excited to share that the Wexner Service Corps, a year-long Jewish service-learning program for high school juniors and seniors in Columbus, Ohio, now has applications open for the 2022-2023 school year. Local high school students are encouraged to visit our web site for more information and to apply.

The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce three new classes of the renowned Wexner Heritage Program with dynamic volunteer leaders from Cleveland, Palm Beach, Florida, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am hoping that perhaps with a day of communal fasting followed by a raucous celebration of Purim and the world turned upside down we will balance ourselves out again.  And have renewed strength to do the work required to make what we know is possible real. 

If we allow ourselves to be counterintuitive and limit ourselves, it seems we might stimulate our creative sparks of imagination for our communal projects, in addition to our personal imagination.

During our ongoing shared global pandemic and time of political and social crisis, we better appreciate the need for both science and religion, for the rule of law, guidance of public policy, and the supreme sensitivity to human suffering and aspirations of all kinds.

The same things that fuel our imaginations when we are young fuel them as we age, however the demands on our time are so much greater. It is often easier to allow our imaginations to remain dormant, living a lifestyle that does not allow the space for creativity to develop.

In this way, imagination is not only about creative thinking or about forming grand, novel ideas. Rather, it is about seeing our way into someone else’s future reality and exercising our empathy and resourcefulness to build that reality.

Apply now for the 2023 Class of the Wexner Senior Leaders.
Applications are also open for Class 34 of the Wexner Israel Fellowship.