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Seven Blessings and Now Seven Programs

Over the past 30 years, The Wexner Foundation has become known as the preeminent organization for training Jewish leaders in North America and Israel.  Just as the Jewish wedding ceremony is built on the foundation of seven blessings, today, The Wexner Foundation trains leaders through seven core leadership programs: Wexner Heritage Program, Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Wexner Israel Fellowship, Wexner Service Corps, Wexner Senior Leaders, Wexner Field Fellowship  and the Wexner Summits. 

Wexner Heritage Program

The Wexner Heritage Program (1985) was designed to provide young North American Jewish volunteer leaders with a two-year intensive Jewish learning program, deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values and texts and enriching their leadership skills. By the end of 2017, more than 2000 North American Jewish leaders from 33 cities will have participated in the program.


Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program (1988) was created for outstanding rabbinical students and graduate students in Jewish education and Jewish communal service programs. In its early years, the Foundation established a grants program for academic institutions of all types to build and improve training programs for Jewish community professionals. Eventually, the Fellowship Program was expanded to include top candidates for academic Jewish studies and the cantorate. By the end of 2017, more than 500 outstanding Jewish professional leaders from a wide array of religious affiliations and professional groupings will have participated in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program.


Wexner Israel Fellowship

The Wexner Israel Fellowship (1989) annually selects up to 10 outstanding mid-career Israeli public officials to study for a Masters degree in the mid-career program of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The goal of the fellowship is to provide Israel's next generation of public leaders with advanced leadership and public management training. By the end of 2017, 250 Israeli public officials will have participated in the Israel Fellowship, including leaders who have gone on to become Directors General of government ministries, Generals and Commanders in the Israeli military and top advisors to Prime Ministers.


Wexner Service Corps

The Wexner Service Corps (2013) is a program designed to inspire and unite Columbus-area Jewish teens to engage in service learning. The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long service trip, followed by a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning. A select group of Corps members can return for a second year to join the Senior Leadership Cohort (SLC). The Service Corps launched in June 2013 with an inaugural service trip to New York and subsequent trips to New Orleans (2014), Detroit (2015), Philadelphia (2016) and Pittsburgh (2017) with 40 teens on each trip. Columbus Jewish teens have cumulatively put in thousands of service hours into serving both the Columbus community and the communities it visits. The Wexner Service Corps was inspired by Hannah Wexner and the mantle was taken up by her sister Sarah.


Wexner Senior Leaders

The Wexner Senior Leaders (2014) is an executive model leadership initiative, which aspires to leverage The Wexner Foundation's long established partnerships with the Israeli Government and Harvard University, with the goal of strengthening Israel's public service leadership. The program aims to strengthen skills and design strategies for leading transformative change, acquiring new tools for better decision-making, and developing strategies to be employed by some of Israel's most promising and influential senior leaders in the public sector. The program prepares a select cohort each year to exercise collaborative leadership within and across organizations and sectors.


Wexner Field Fellowship

The Wexner Field Fellowship (2016) is a special opportunity to grow as a Jewish professional, deepen your leadership skills and develop a rich network of colleagues to support your career. Wexner Field Fellowship, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, provides opportunities for professional growth to promising Jewish professionals who plan to continue to pursue a career as a professional leader in the North American Jewish community.

Wexner Summits

The Wexner Summits provide a platform for alumni across all five of our adult programs to work together to confront major challenges facing the Jewish world. Alumni coalesce around projects and emerge with new allies, inspiration and skill sets to move the dial on urgent issues. Our next Summit will convene on December 6th in Princeton, NJ and is entitled "Civil Discourse". Applications will launch mid-June.

The Wexner Foundation is dedicated to its singular focus of enhancing the leadership skills of their Members, Fellows and Alumni.  For additional information, please contact