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Ruach in the Windy City

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Ann Luban

On the last Tuesday in August, Chicago area Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumni, current Field Fellows, spouses and children, nearly 60 of us in total, gathered together for our first ever family gathering hosted in the beautiful Base Hillel. We took this opportunity to reconnect, or in some cases meet one another for the first time as we ranged from WGF Class I to Class 27, plus two current field fellows — some  Chicago natives and some alumni who had just moved to Chicago this su…

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WexCoComm Builds Engagement in Their Growing Network

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Anna Serviansky

WexCoComm is a group of Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumni who volunteer to think about how we all might make the most of our Wexner community and connections. We help shepherd initiatives, offer advice to the WGF/WFF professionals when asked, and try to identify ways that Wexner fellows and alumni can be of service to, and make the most of the talent and energy of, the Wexner community.     I remember when I applied for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, a WGF alumna and my assign…

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Understanding Jonah with Dr. Erica Brown

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Erica Brown

Thanks to Dr. Erica Brown for sharing these insightful videos about the story of Jonah, traditionally read on Yom Kippur. These 12 minute gems are based on her book Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet (Maggid Books). You can view Part 1 by clicking on the link above to the video, and can see Part 2 here.

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Wexner Service Corps Kicks off Year on the Ropes

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Jessica Goldberg

The Wexner Service Corps is a program designed to inspire and unite Columbus-area Jewish teens to engage in service learning. The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long service trip, followed by a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning.   To kick off the new year for Wexner Service Corps, we headed to Summit Vision, a local team-building activity center, to work on developing our group’s sense of teamwork and unity. We were s…

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New Israeli Fellows Prepare for Their Year at Harvard with Learning, Reflecting and Growing Together

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Nicole Hod Stroh

The Wexner Israel Fellowship, Class 30, gathered earlier this month in Rhode Island for the Wexner Israel Opening Institute. Only two months after being accepted into the program, these nine very diverse Israelis had the first in-depth opportunity to get to know each other as a cohort, to further explore Wexner’s values of leadership and peoplehood and to find our own relationship with these values as leaders.   The Institute started on Friday, August 10th, in Cambridge, with a lect…

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Heard Round WEXWorld: Metrowest Alumni Pooling Funds for Innovation

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Maxine Abrahams Schwartz, Bill Cohen, and Jonathan Liss, Brett Tanzman

Maxine Abrahams Schwartz, WHP Alum, Greater Metrowest 15   Our experience in the Wexner Heritage Program challenged us to make a difference in the world, and this is just the beginning. Partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Community Foundation of GMW, we will fund innovative new programming to spark Jewish engagement in our area. I am so proud to be part of this dynamic group of Wexner alumni.       Bill Cohen, WHP Alum, Greater…

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Carrying the Mitzvah to Be Responsible for One Another, Literally, to the Ends of the Earth

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Katie Berger and Leah Jones

"Kol Israel arevim ze bazeh" (All Israel is responsible for one another).    In an effort to re-home a Torah from a recently shuttered synagogue in Iowa to a new minyan in Paraguay, we used our networks to get the Torah scroll part of the way (Katie especially due to her childhood connections in Kansas City). A congregation in Ottumwa, Iowa, B'nai Jacob, was looking for egalitarian communities in need of Torah scrolls and found one seeking in Asuncion, Paraguay. In less than an …

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A Letter to My Daughter on the Eve of Her Seminary Year in Israel

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Lawrence Witt

I am guessing many of you in the Wexner Network have kids going back to school, including many in North America whose kids will be going for a year in Israel. I wrote this letter to my daughter as she embarks for an academic year of study in Jerusalem.   Dearest Malka,   In the midst of all the shopping, packing, shopping, planning, shopping, goodbye parties and did I say shopping, I did not want to forget some important thoughts that I would like to convey to you be…

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Wexner Delegate Council Meeting as Lead-in to Elul

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 by Sonya Bekkerman

In photo: Members of the WHP Alumni Council getting on the balcony, or at least to the top of the Rim Trail.   Don’t lead, listen.   I have always viewed serving as a delegate on the WHP Alumni Council as a tremendous privilege. It’s a humbling experience to be among such accomplished, learned and committed people. It plugs me back into the Jewish socket and demonstrates the force and raw talent the Foundation has harnessed for more than 30 years, a force that I am grat…

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