2019 WGF Alumni Institute
Wexner Summits: The Network In Action -
The Wexner Foundation started a new alumni program 3 years ago called “Summits: The Network in Action” to bring together top alumni across our programs (WSL, WIF, WGF, WHP) who formed working groups to address major challenges facing the Jewish and Israeli world*. These Summits, which are by application only, have yielded several initiatives that are going strong and looking to go to the next level. We have selected the most impressive projects among them and have invited their core team
members to attend a Summit Accelerator, a one-time gathering in Princeton, NJ, April 7 - 8, 2019. There are 30 project team members coming. In addition, we have invited 30 new participants – also alumni from across our programs. These new “consultants” are joining us in order to help workshop the 12 Summit Projects that have been chosen to participate. Consultants will be expected to serve as thought partners at the Summit Accelerator and join or continue to support (in some way) one or many of the projects presented.
*Our 3 Summits to date have been convened to address the following issues:
(Re)Imagining the Israel-North American Jewish Community Relationship (launched 2016)
Social Justice (launched 2016)
Civil Discourse (launched 2017
Please complete the form to register for the WFF Spring Institute which will be held at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, NC from March 3-6, 2019. All current Wexner Field Fellows are required to complete the registration. Thank you!
Please complete the form to register for the WGF Winter Institute, which will be held at The Sanibel Marriott Resort and Spa in Ft. Myers, FL, from Jan. 20 - 23, 2019.
All current Wexner Graduate Fellows/Davidson Scholars and Wexner Field Fellows, Classes 28 - 31, are required to complete the registration, which will also provide the opportunity to volunteer to lead various parts of the institute.
In our first online course Rabbi Larry Hoffman will teach a 4-part series on what he calls "The Ultimates" -- the nodal moments in our lives when we are filled with wonder, gratitude, grief, fear -- and rely on Jewish ritual to enrich and comfort us. Even as Jewish leaders, we sometimes go through the seminal rites of passage in our lives -- birth, marriage, bar/bat mitzvah, death -- without a deep understanding of the history and range of interpretations of our central ceremonies and prayers. We bless our children or our parents without ever having really explored what these blessings really mean to us honestly and deeply as adults. Rabbi Hoffman will explore with us specific liturgical texts and what our life-cycle ceremonies teach us about Judaism's advice on living our lives. Enrollment is first come, first served and will be capped at 18 Wexner Heritage Alumni. There is a cost of $350 to participate, please click on link to PayPal to process payment.