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

“As the #MeToo movement has grown and spread across industries and sectors, it has laid bare an inescapable truth: the Jewish community is subject to the same kinds of issues, inequities and power dynamics that exist in other communities.” — from the SafetyRespectEquity Coalition Israel is ranked fourth of the 36 OECD countries (The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) with the highest gender related wage gap. (Canada is 6th and the US

The elections in Israel on Tuesday, April 9th are quickly approaching. Get up-close-and-personal with several members of the Wexner community who have joined a party ticket for their first time. We are excited to be able to offer some insights into what motivated these candidates to run in an inspired conversation facilitated by Dana Savoray-Hadar, Deputy Director of The Wexner Foundation, Israel. Join us on Wednesday, March 27th at 10:30

Applications are now open for The Wexner Service Corps (WSC,) a year-long Jewish service-learning program for high school juniors and seniors in Columbus, Ohio. WSC, created with inspiration from Hannah Wexner, is designed to educate and unite Jewish teens through community service and connecting to their shared Jewish texts and tradition. Each year, WSC accepts 40 students from a diverse cross-section of the Jewish community. WSC participants attend a week-long