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Social Justice/Tikkun Olam

Pictured: Wexner NY I “kids” Sara Waxman (daughter of Spencer and Bettina Waxman); Ben Gargano (son of Laura Spitzer and Michael Gargano); and Benjamin Perla (son of Danny and Valerie Perla); at the JDC/Lauder Camp Szarvas, outside of Budapest, Hungary. Camp Szarvas, founded in 1990, offers a unique international experience for 1500 youth each summer, including 75 U.S. Fellows, with campers hailing from over 25 countries. Szarvas, central to Jewish

As part of Women’s Philanthropy from the Miami Jewish Federation Outreach project, this past Thursday more than 100 women got together to assemble 600 Deluxe Toiletries Kits that will be distributed to our Seniors and Holocaust Survivors in Miami.  This was a month long effort and presented quite a challenge as we needed to collect over 5400 items. We partnered with JCS (Jewish Community Services) who highlighted this need in

When the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that 11 more wealthy individuals and families have signed on to the Giving Pledge, I am moved. Not simply because I have dedicated my professional career to the pursuit of philanthropy and making the world a better place. Or because many of those who have pledged to give away at least half of their wealth to charity – inspired by Bill and Melinda Gates’

Jodi is an Atlanta 05 Wexner Heritage alumna.  She is an urban planner who works at Jamestown Development and Construction on new urbanist development projects. She connects her volunteers and values through direct service work in the community and by serving on the boards of Limmud Atlanta+SE and Repair the World.  Jodi can be reached at I’d venture to say that for most participants in a Wexner program, engaging

Daniel is an alumnus of the NY Wexner Heritage Program and is a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. In this role, Dan oversees ongoing grant programs geared toward improving the financial viability of day schools. Dan can be reached at If you ask a large group of parents whose children attend a Jewish day school to name the most pressing school issue on

Tara is a Wexner Heritage Westchester 07 alumna and is the founder of Marketing Matters, Ltd., a N.Y. based marketing consulting firm specializing in non-profits.  Tara also serves as a parent advisor to J-Teen Leadership, a teen-led community service and leadership organization.  J-Teen Leadership was founded by Amanda Bilski and her mom, Tracey Bilski, a Wexner Heritage alumna from NY.  Tara can be reached at Can you imagine leaving

Beth Cousens is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Class 14 and a consultant in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, and project management to Jewish educational organizations.  She can be reached at I confess, this isn’t really “my” leadership moment.  But I’ve been thinking about it since it happened during a small meeting I was part of a few weeks ago. While I was in my University

Rabbi Ruskay is the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement at AVODAH:  The Jewish Service Corps. She also serves on the Social Justice Commission of the Rabbinical Assembly.   Stephanie can be reached at When was the last time you volunteered?  Did you do it alone or with others?  What motivated you?  Did you return to volunteer there again?  Why or why not?  For over a decade the Jewish community

Robert Bank is a a lawyer, activist, and the Executive Vice President for American Jewish World Service. Prior to joining AJWS, Robert served as Chief Operating Officer at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), a national AIDS advocacy, service, and education organization. He can be reached at After working for over twenty years on a variety of social justice issues in the secular “non-Jewish world,” I was privileged to meet

Etta Zimmerman is a Wexner Heritage Alumna, Boca Raton 07. She serves as a member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and is a past Chair of the Board of Director’s for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.  Etta can be reached at I often wish that Oprah was Jewish, hence the Oprah effect of bringing to light the significant needs of our times and helping

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