Jewish professionals will receive professional development and education in leadership and Judaic studies over the course of three years The Wexner Foundation, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, is pleased to announce Class 5 of the Wexner Field Fellowship. In what was the most competitive pool to date and in the middle of a pandemic, no less, 15 outstanding professionals were selected for this three-year intensive program. Utilizing the

Wexner Alumni are invited to participate in a new study of leaders in Jewish life today. The study asks:  Who are today’s leaders – both lay and professional? How were they educated and how did Jewish education play a role in making them the leaders they are today? These are the central questions asked in this 2021 Jewish Leadership Study, sponsored by Keren Keshet, under the leadership of Mem Bernstein

As we enter December, I pray that you and yours are safe and healthy. It is difficult to capture the complexity, loss, and also the resilience and strength we have witnessed in 2020.  The last 18 months at The Wexner Foundation have been particularly challenging. We encourage you to read our Year in Review. In it, we attempt to capture the remarkable efforts of our team and the steadfast commitment

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

Applications for the 2021-2022 Cohort of the Wexner Service Corps are now open. Apply today.