Statement from Rabbi Elka Abrahamson
Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019
We have, understandably, received e-mails from Wexner Members, Fellows and Alumni concerned about the relationship between Mr. Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein as reported in recent news stories. Mr. Epstein was, at one time, a trustee of The Wexner Foundation. The Wexner Foundation and Jeffrey Epstein cut ties more than a decade ago. As reported, Les severed ties at that time as well.
Needless to say, it is a highly disturbing story. Sexual abuse and trafficking is abhorrent and when it involves minors, all the more so. It runs contrary to every value we believe in and teach, especially the fundamental tenet that all human beings are created in God's image. This is an individual who utterly twisted and tossed aside that sacred notion. We are sickened by Mr. Epstein's behavior.
We pray that his victims will finally see their abuser brought to justice and experience a measure of healing.
Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson
President, The Wexner Foundation