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The Wexner Network in Full Force at AIPAC

Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Top photo: WHP Alum Elliot Brandt (SF-Pro) warms the crowd; Right photo: WIF Alum Gidi Grinstein, WHP Alum Howard Zack, WHP Alum Anita Greenwald and husband Rich

Close to 150 "Wexnerim" came together at the height of our gathering last Sunday night during the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC. A good time was had by all as people across all of our programs networked and were prompted to share an impactful "take-away" from their day with someone they didn't know.

Thanks to Wexner Senior Leader Michal Shalem (WSL 15), Chief of Staff for Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat filled us in on his recent successes and urgent to do's. Elliot Brandt, AIPAC National Managing Director and also our alum (WHP SF Pro) addressed the crowd as well, graciously reflecting that most of the National Board consists of Wexner Heritage Alumni, not to mention its regional chairs and some of its most committed donors as well.                                                      Above: WHP Alumni Sam Garelick and Phil Darivoff                                        

Wexner Staff Angie Atkins, Director, Wexner Heritage Alumni, and Rabbi Ben Berger, Director, Wexner Heritage Program, ran the event and gave special thanks to Wexner Field Fellow Graham Hoffman (Class 1), Deputy Director of Development at AIPAC, who helped them secure the perfect venue and gave key advice on every detail, large and small, to pull off such a successful evening.                                                                                                                                                                        Above: WGF Alum Aaron Lerner and WHP Alum Julie Gadinsky  

 During the conference, our fellows, members and alumni could be seen 

everywhere: as experts leading sessions, as professionals within AIPAC, as heads of Hillels and synagogues bringing their activists, and as captains of lobbying teams going up to the Hill. During a conference that brings together 18,000 people, it was a joy to see so many familiar faces and to see the commitment, strategy and love for Israel in evidence from so many from our Wexner Network.        Above: WGF Alum Ari Gauss, WFF Graham Hoffman, WGF Nora Feinstein and WGF/WFF Tilly Shames