We are pleased to announce that applications for both Class 5 of the Wexner Field Fellowship and Class 33 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program are now open. Our deep commitment to strengthening the leadership of the North American Jewish community compels us to onboard new classes, even while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. The uncertainty around safe travel and in-person gatherings continues while the need for inspired leadership in our schools, shuls,

Dearest Friends, It was nearly six decades ago that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, z”l, spoke about the imperative to pursue justice. He expounded on Amos 5:24, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream,” and wrote: “A mighty stream, expressive of the vehemence of a never-ending, surging, fighting movement–as if obstacles had to be washed away for justice to be done. . . Righteousness as a

As you know, given the concerns expressed by this community, we initiated an independent review of Jeffrey Epstein’s involvement in The Wexner Foundation. The review represents what is widely regarded as best practice in cases like this and is part of our ongoing effort to be transparent and appropriately responsive. Completing this work in a thorough fashion required time. The Columbus law firm of Kegler Brown was selected by the

It is with great excitement that we share the news that The Wexner Foundation has named Rabbi Dr. Tali Zelkowicz as the Director of Curriculum and Research. She assumed the position earlier this summer. Dr. Zelkowicz’s unique skill set made her an ideal match for this new position as she’ll be able to apply her expertise as a sociologist, researcher and educator. As a sociologist of Jewish education, Tali has

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The Wexner Field Fellowship is a leadership learning opportunity for high-potential, full-time Jewish communal professionals to deepen their leadership skills and develop a rich network of colleagues. Up to 15 exceptional professionals will be selected for a three-year program with a cohort of lifelong professional learners that is focused on enriching their ability to exercise leadership as Jewish professionals. Wexner Field Fellows are matched one-on-one with a professional coach as

Aug 2019

Letter from Les

Dear Wexner Foundation Community,  For 35 years, the work we have achieved together in this community has continued to be one of the great honors of my life, and that is why I am writing to you now. In recent weeks, there has been considerable media attention on my past connection to Jeffrey Epstein. To be clear, I never would have imagined that a person I employed more than a

Les Wexner issued the following statement on July 15. I would never have guessed that a person I employed more than a decade ago could have caused such pain to so many people.  My heart goes out to each and every person who has been hurt.  I severed all ties with Mr. Epstein nearly 12 years ago.  I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such

We have, understandably, received e-mails from Wexner Members, Fellows and Alumni concerned about the relationship between Mr. Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein as reported in recent news stories. Mr. Epstein was, at one time, a trustee of The Wexner Foundation. The Wexner Foundation and Jeffrey Epstein cut ties more than a decade ago. As reported, Les severed ties at that time as well. Needless to say, it is a highly disturbing

It is with great excitement that we share the news that The Wexner Foundation has named Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik as the next Program Director of the Wexner Service Corps. She will assume the position this summer. No stranger to working with the country’s rising Jewish leaders, Rabbi Sharon most recently taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies to second grade students at the Columbus Jewish Day School and previously to middle

Applications for Class 5 of the Wexner Field Fellowship are now open. Apply today.