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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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Emerging from the Cave at New Member Institute

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 by Tammy Hepps

In the last session of this year’s Wexner Heritage New Member Institute in Snowmass, Colorado, Rabbi Moses taught us the Talmudic tale of when Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son emerged from a cave after twelve years of Torah study and prayer. Upon encountering the outside world, filled with its humdrum concerns, “every place that they directed their eyes was immediately burned” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbat, page 33b). Rabbi Moses sought to instruct us on how to c…

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On Judges, Kings, Priests and Prophets: Is the Jewish-Leadership Status Quo Sufficient?

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.

Parashat Shof’tim not only presents many different leadership dilemmas, but also succinctly offers multiple forms of leadership. The message is clear: No one single type of leader is sufficient. Each of these different forms and philosophies of leadership is both necessary and liable to fail. By himself, Moses dramatically failed God and the Israelites on many occasions. And Joshua, while a worthy warrior, by himself could not transform a nomadic rebellious tribe into a strong and just soc…

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Limmud Seattle

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Julie Kohl and Karen Treiger

Diversity, respect, empowerment, expanding Jewish horizons, enabling connections, arguments for the sake of heaven, learning and community. Do these values resonate with you? Well, then you should attend a Limmud.    Limmud is a volunteer-run Jewish festival, found in over 80 cities, 42 countries and on six continents. They last from one day to a week and bring all segments of the Jewish community together to study, to sing, to dance, to do art and, of course, to eat.   I am …

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