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2018 Wexner Heritage Summer Institute: Madregot

We are so looking forward to seeing you in Snowbird this July. We have created an extraordinary program for the Institute, which we think you will find both inspiring and challenging. This year’s Wexner Heritage Summer Institute theme is Madregot: Mapping the Jewish Leadership Journey. We have developed an entirely new Institute model with a focus on leadership learning, in conversation with Jewish thought and text. We are thrilled about the outstanding faculty team we’ve assembled to deliver top notch learning opportunities. The Institute will sharpen your leadership skills and give you tools to develop your leadership vision through study, reflection, creativity, experimentation, workshopping and more.

Madregot brings together groups completing their first year of study (Chicago, Detroit and Montreal) with the groups that will be finishing the program (New York, New York RSJ, and Philadelphia). This will give you an opportunity to both deepen the relationships in your own cohort as well as learn from these other communities. There will be many moments for networking and creating synergy among all six groups.

Outlined below is specific information about the Institute. It is our pleasure to invite your spouse (married or engaged) to join us with the understanding that they will participate fully in all events. The Foundation will cover all expenses except incidentals and your spouse’s airfare. As you know, the Institute is a time for intensive and serious learning. Accordingly, The Wexner Foundation’s policy precludes children from being present, though Members who are nursing may bring their infants to Institutes. Nursing mothers may want to bring a caregiver for the baby at their own expense. Please notify us directly if you intend to bring a nursing child.

The Institute is being held at: The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Resort, 9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Snowbird, UT 84092, (801) 933-2222.

The Institute will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 8, with registration and lunch (programming begins later in the afternoon), and will conclude after breakfast on Friday, July 13. You will be free to explore Snowbird or Park City and its surrounding areas on your own Tuesday late afternoon and evening.

Travel Information
All flights should be booked by now, with a copy of your itinerary forwarded to Lori Baron. If you have not already booked your flights, please contact Lori immediately. Upon arrival at Salt Lake City airport, vans will transfer you to the hotel.

Hotel Registration
To confirm your participation and reserve your hotel room, please complete the online registration form linked below. Include your spouse’s name only if they are attending. All rooms are double occupancy; those attending without a spouse will be assigned a roommate. If you prefer a single room, it is available at an additional charge of $125 per night. Should your spouse be attending, but arriving late or departing early, in addition to your spouse’s airfare, you will be responsible for the Single Supplement Fee for the nights your spouse is not attending. The Registration Form has a section to indicate any dietary restrictions. (All meals are kosher).

Religious Services/Tefillah
Services at Institutes are an important community-building experience. They also provide an opportunity to reflect upon and process the learning that happens in the rest of the program. While attendance at religious services is optional, we have engaged inspiring prayer leaders, Rabbi Uri Topolosky and Josh Nelson. We highly recommend that you try one or both of the services. We need volunteers to read Torah on Monday and Thursday morning for both services and/or to give a short D’var Torah. Please check the box on the registration form if you are willing to help with either of these important roles. We will contact you to discuss specifics.

Please note that the Institute coincides with the three weeks of mourning on the Jewish calendar. The 9 days leading up to Tisha B’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of the two holy temples, will begin on Thursday night at sunset. We are committed to helping any members who are observing to find a comfortable accommodation and encourage you to speak to us about any concerns or questions in advance.