Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.
As I have tried to reify this notion of proximity in my own work and life, I have found it helpful to think about it on multiple levels, each with its own specific action and accompanying spiritual work. The following framework is a work in progress; I welcome your reactions and reflections.
More than pre-Pandemic, I appreciate the value of getting closer to something in order to better understand it.
Professionals like me who work on campus strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for Jewish students so they can take pride in their identities...Our bests moments are the moments of pride in being Jewish, celebration, and self-affirmation. Antisemitism can’t take that away from us. And it won’t.
The truth is, I know that I probably would not have applied had the pandemic not happened, and so I am grateful for this silver lining in the cloudy COVID-19 days. This forced change that we all endured inspired to me to listen to my heart and consider what change and impact I wanted to make in the Jewish world.
WGF/DS Alum Stefanie Zelkind (Class 16)
Looking back on the past 34 years since the fellowship launched, we feel tremendous pride – in our Alumni, in our current Fellows, and in the program itself. And we know it’s time for a change.
When I embarked on my transition, I was looking forward to reaching my next destination. Six years later, I have realized that there is a deep value in holding on to the experience of transition itself. With the discomfort of transition comes a unique brand of wisdom and perspective.