Hello Imposter Syndrome
On March 5, the first class of the newly expanded Wexner Field Fellowship (WFF), developed in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, came together for their first ever Spring Institute at the Inn at Serenbe outside Atlanta, GA. The fifteen Field Fellows spent most of the time getting to know one another and hearing each other’s Jewish Journeys, while also being oriented to The Wexner Foundation and the required components of the program, including professional coaching and ongoing Jewish learning. Yocheved Sidoff, a member of Class 1, reflected on the experience:
When I read the Wexner Field Fellows’ bios, I freaked out. Not gonna lie. Long lists of prestigious degrees, accolades, awards and unique experiences that oozed heavy-duty, envy-worthy accomplishments.
Then, I met them. Down to earth, funny, open and curious. From all over, doing all kinds of things, all committed to Jewish communal work and leadership.
And then, over the course of three days, we each shared our Jewish Journey. Who are we? And how did we get to where we are now? We talked about the people who shaped our passions, the peaks in our lives and the places we traveled. And, most importantly, what were the moments that pushed us to define our unique identity as Jews and compelled us to devote our professional lives to the Jewish community?
Suddenly, the people around me were no longer detailed CV’s of degrees and relevant employment. They were not just nice people to have a cup of coffee with.
Now, their souls shined bright. Their truths emanated. Their realness emerged.
And let me tell you, they’re beautiful.