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Social Justice/Tikkun Olam

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

I applied to the Wexner Service Corps in 2015 after hearing positive feedback from friends who had participated in the program previously. I was entering my junior year of high school, and I had never been on a service trip, let alone one with a focus on Jewish service. I spent two summers at Jewish camp during middle school, but, aside from religious school, that was the extent of my

 Apply now to be a Jewish Organizing Fellow! Early application deadline: January 25 Regular Application Deadline: March 1   JOIN for Justice’s Jewish Organizing Fellowship is recruiting for our year-long, paid community organizing training program in Boston. The Fellowship trains Jewish young adults (ages 21-30) to organize communities to effectively fight against structural injustice and inequality. If not already employed, Fellows apply for pre-approved full-time paid jobs as community organizers.    We seek

This is the patrol car of Sgt. Michael Smith who was laid to rest today.  He was stationed at the North Central Command Station, which provides service to the vast majority of Jewish institutions in Dallas.  Although you can’t see it, there are notes, drawings and messages from many Jewish organizations — day camps, congregations and community members.  There is even an Israeli flag with a note attached declaring that

Designed to inspire and unite Jewish teens in the Columbus area to engage in service learning, the Wexner Service Corps selects rising 10th and 11th grade students to participate in the Wexner Service Corps (WSC), beginning with a 5-day service trip, followed by year-round service in Columbus.   I was lucky enough to travel again with the Wexner Service Corps to Philadelphia with a group of 40 other Jewish Columbus