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Social Justice/Tikkun Olam

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

Dear Wexner Fellows, Members and Alumni,   Les asked me to send this  video message, excerpted from remarks he delivered yesterday to an audience at his business here in Columubs, about the need for moral leadership in our day particularly following the ugly and disturbing events in Charlottesville. It is a fitting message as we move into Shabbat.   I am proud to send this in his name and as

In Photo: Collective Impact leadership meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, July 2017 Emerging from a year of intensive work by Wexner Israel and Graduate Fellowship Alumni, Wexner Heritage Alumni and Wexner Senior Leaders all working together through the Summit “Stronger Together: (Re)Imagining the North American Israeli Relationship”, a three-pronged project has emerged to improve civil society in Israel and to strengthen leadership and business relationships with North American groups. Our Summit project, entitled

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the Wexner Service Corps (WSC) in Pittsburgh. I have never participated in service work like this before. It made me more appreciative for all the opportunities I have. Partnering with Open Hand Ministries to work on the house renovation project was my favorite experience of the trip. Seeing the work and the difference we made in just two short days was very humbling.

Pesach is a story of the long journey from degradation to dignity and is a theme that continues to repeat itself throughout history.  This year at my seder, and during this week when we tell the story and journey from then to now and from bondage to freedom, I am mindful that the journey is far from over.  I recently went on a civil rights trip to Birmingham, Montgomery and