I have to remind myself every now and then that we’re growing a Chinese bamboo tree.  When you water a bamboo tree during its first year, nothing happens. Neither in the second year, nor the third, nor the fourth. You may not be sure that anything is happening underground, and one would understand if you gave up on it after that. Yet in the fifth year, within a span of

“The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles,” Israel’s Declaration of Independence, May 14, 1948. Every year around Passover, the Jewish People recount a story larger than life itself: an escape from a desert prison, the taste of sweet freedom and the journey to a Promised Land. We celebrate our resilience, our uniqueness, our legendary rise from the bottom of a

The author, above left, gets to work with fellow members of the Wexner Service Corps. During our most recent event at the Ronald McDonald House, we started the day learning about the Ronald McDonald House organization and the people it serves. The organization gives families a place to stay for free while their child is in the hospital. An amazing place like this, however, could not be run without the

Wexner Service Corps members packing Buddy Boxes including the author, Jessie Goldberg, third from the left. On Sunday, December 2, we met up at the Family Mentor Foundation to organize and pack Buddy Boxes for children in need. We split up into teams and created an assembly line to make the process smooth and efficient. We assembled, packed and checked the boxes to make sure they had the correct number

Pictured above and on the right is Blair Glimcher, a member of the Wexner Service Corps. 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. On Sunday, October 14, we volunteered

WHP Alum Larry Greenfield (LA/Bear Stearns) with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina Kudos to the Wexner team for inviting balancing perspectives on Jews and politics as we approach the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States. The substantive content in Jewish text, history and contemporary ideas of our studies in the Wexner Heritage Program in Los Angeles inspired me and empowered my intellectual contributions as a speaker and

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. On September 9, Wexner Service Corps was scheduled to help at an event called the Buddy Box 6000, where we would pack

It’s hard for me to say Happy New Year this week.  It seems wrong.  There is so much pain and loss now.  On the heels of devastating hurricanes and the ongoing crises in those areas hardest hit, we have now experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.  That “record,” set in Las Vegas, is eclipsing the one set only last year at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. 

Water is not a consumer good.  It is a fundamental right.  In 2010, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) received an influx of complaints from families who were disconnected from their water supply.  Tens of thousands of families who were unable to keep up with their steep water bills were gradually being stripped of their right to water. Over the past three decades, the Israeli government has yielded

I was privileged to serve under Shimon Peres as his Diplomatic Advisor where I gained remarkable insight into his creativity and political astuteness as a leader.  He significantly influenced my perception of the world,  teaching me the value of hope over impasse,  win-win over zero-sum and optimism in the face of challenges.  The book, No Room for Small Dreams, written in his penultimate year, perfectly captures these values while chronicling