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Gender Preference Identification Pins

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Zissy Turner

What is striking me the most is how sensitive and thoughtful people are when it comes to issues affecting them and their personal identity. There’s a generosity of spirit in learning and knowing about others’ experiences and taking them to heart. The planning committee really gelled and we created an institute where our fellows felt challenged yet comfortable in expressing themselves.   The pins were WGF Ari Witkin’s idea (Class 28) and we felt they were icing on the ca…


Now Hiring: Wexner Israel Fellowship Program Manager

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 by Becca Thomas

The Wexner Foundation invites applications for the position of: Wexner Israel Fellowship Program Manager.   The Wexner Foundation, based in North America and guided by the vision of our chairmen Leslie and Abigail Wexner, is focused on strengthening Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America and public service leaders in the State of Israel.    The goal of the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program is to provide Israel’s next generation of public leaders with …


Disconnect to Reconnect – How Celebrating Shabbat is Good for your Mental Health

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 by Justin Milrad

Growing up in Toronto, I really enjoyed our Friday night dinners. We would have my grandparents, uncles and cousins join us for Shabbat. I have great memories of playing in the backyard with my cousins and practicing my golf swing with my grandfather. When it came to mealtime, we would say the prayers, light the candles, break the bread, drink the wine and enjoy hearing everyone’s stories and experiences from the past week. We actually talked and savored being with one another.   So…


A Time for Review

Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2018 by Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson

The new moon is approaching and this Shabbat we will welcome the month of Elul: the mindset of the Days of Awe slowly embraces us. We begin the season of reflection, considering our own practices. We would like to reflect on our Foundation habits, specifically on how we communicate with you. To further amplify our efforts, I’m excited to introduce our new Director of Communications, Becca Thomas. Eager to start learning from our incredible network, Becca and our team have created the follo…


#WexnerRSJ – A Modern Day Exodus Journey

Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2018 by Stella Binkevich, Lenny Gusel, Lena Katsnelson, Boris Khodorkovsky, Lenny Vayner

Who is the New York RSJ (Russian-speaking Jewish) 2016 cohort? We are a diverse group: some of us were brought here as children, some as young adults, some fully formed. We are from Russia’s big cities, from towns in Ukraine, the Baltics, the Caucasus, and even Siberia. We are all Jews from the former Soviet Union, with a shared experience of liberation, emigration, and eventual resettlement in America, thanks to the efforts of so many in the American Jewish community.   For the las…


Utah Top 40: Reflections from Madregot 2018

Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2018 by Natalie Barth

I thought the Wexner Network would enjoy learning some of the themes and takeaways from our recent Wexner Heritage Summer Institute, where NY RSJ 16, NY 16 and Philadelphia 16 transitioned into becoming alumni. We are taking these nuggets with us as we move onward and upward on our Jewish leadership journeys. #THXWEX   1.    Change is the job of a leader. 2.    The destination is always out of our grasp but you can’t desist from going on the journey. 3…


Another Message to our "Wexner" Family from Israel

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018 by Ram Shmueli

In these challenging times, we all carry the responsibility to connect hearts and minds between brothers and sisters from both sides of the ocean.   Regretfully, I was surprised to read the publication on behalf of our friends Nadav Tamir & Or Rachlevsky in last week's WexnerLEADS, that could have been misinterpreted as a statement representing all Wexner Israel Fellowship Alumni and members of the Senior Leader Network.     With careful reading the authors …


Ein Ha’Yam Neighborhood — A Model of Coexistence

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018 by Kamil Sari

As part of The Wexner Israel Fellowship alumni conference in July, it was a privilege for me to host a group of participants at the Ein Ha’Yam neighborhood — a mixed Jewish-Arab community in Haifa, where my family has been living for nearly 80 years.   The Ein Ha’Yam circular trail is a grassroots tourism project, envisioned and operated by the residents of Ein Ha’Yam neighborhood in Haifa. The trail was founded in 2011, with the aim of drawing public attenti…


The Hard Work of Being an Orgasmic Leader

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018 by Rachel Braun Scherl

Building a business or an organization is hard—many entrepreneurs I work with experience the trials, tribulations, travesties and triumphs of turning their vision into a reality. And it seems that those challenges are exacerbated and different standards are applied when building organizations for Vagipreneurs (people in the business of female sexual health, reproductive health and wellness). But there is so much to be learned from the barrier breakers about staying the course to create cha…


A Message from Israeli "Wexnerim" to Our North American Family

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Nadav Tamir and several members of the Wexner Israel Alumni Community

Dear Wexner Foundation Alumni and Friends,   We, the Israeli Fellowship alumni who experienced a meaningful connection with our Jewish North American brothers & sisters during the time we spent together have learned to appreciate the value of pluralism—both religious & human—that the American Jewish communities hold at their core. Today we cannot be silent. The vast majority of us believe that a connection between the Jewish Diaspora and Israel, the nation state of the…


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