Last winter, during the Q&A portion of a panel I’d participated in at B’nai Jeshurun, a synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a 5-year-old Black girl’s question punctuated the evening’s conversation with a question that pierced my heart like an arrow.

As I watched the tragic death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests across our country and the world, I recalled Rabbi Paley’s introduction to Tikun Olam during my cohort’s first Wexner retreat. If ever there was a need for repair, it is now. Based on my experience, it is a tough road. Acknowledging that the dice are loaded in my favor was counterintuitive. It was not my daily experience.

The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce three new classes of the renowned Wexner Heritage Program with dynamic volunteer leaders from Cincinnati, OH, Rochester, NY and Seattle, WA. In Cincinnati the program is supported by a partnership with the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; in Rochester, with the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation; and in Seattle, the Samis Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle along with alumni of

It is with great excitement that we share the news that The Wexner Foundation has named Rabba Yaffa Epstein as the next Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. Yaffa will assume the position this summer. Many in the Wexner network have had the privilege of knowing and learning from Rabba Yaffa given her prolific presence as a beloved teacher of Torah around the globe, especially in North America and in

“Now that you know your stuff, do you really care about the people you serve and do they believe you care?” – Les Wexner As we begin another year on the calendar, we’re about to turn over another leaf of our Wexner Heritage Program. The WHP provides young North American Jewish volunteer leaders with an all-inclusive curriculum to enrich their Jewish leadership skills. We’re thrilled to bring the program to

2018 brings another outstanding group of new Wexner Heritage Program classes.  With deep gratitude to all nominators – including alumni of all Wexner programs, local community funding partners, selections committees and candidates, The Wexner Foundation is thrilled to announce the newest cohorts for Atlanta, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.  All three selection processes were highly competitive and brought more nominees and applications than ever.  As always, difficult choices were made.  We

Help others climb the mountain of Jewish leadership with the Wexner Heritage Program.  As a current member, alum or friend of Wexner programs, you are invited and encouraged to nominate candidates to be part of the next Wexner Heritage Program classes.  We are now accepting nominations for 2018-19 classes in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Click here to nominate a candidate!   Our network of Wexner alumni, members and fellows

Wexner Heritage members are all over Israel today, grappling with the key issues facing Israel and the Jewish people: religious tensions, political challenges, and social divisions.  And we are celebrating the blessing of being together as Jewish leaders on this journey.  This week-long Institute is the conclusion to the two-year Wexner Heritage Program, and the beginning of a lifetime as a Wexner Heritage Alumni. Pictured above, Ram Shmueli, Israeli fighter

(Pictured left to right)  Rabbi Jay Moses, Dr. Erica Brown, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg and Rabbi Ben Berger At the New Member Institute this week in Utah, Heritage members from Washington DC, Cincinnati, and Dallas were treated to a panel discussion with Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Rabbi Jay Moses, and Dr. Erica Brown. The panel, entitled “Eilu V’Eilu: Jewish Conversations for the 21st Century,” was moderated by new Wexner Associate

This week, 40 teens from Columbus, Ohio used their first week of summer vacation to travel to New York City with the Wexner Service Corps (WSC).  The teens repaired homes and buildings in neighborhoods still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, making a significant difference in the lives of people still impacted eight months later.  This week-long trip has been documented on their Facebook page and will continue to be updated until their