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Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program Announces Class 32

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019

The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce Class 32 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. As these exceptional individuals pursue graduate training for careers in Jewish Education, Jewish Professional Leadership, Jewish Studies and the Rabbinate/Cantorate, they will participate in a prestigious four-year professional development program comprised of leadership training, cohort-based learning, peer support, professional mentoring and networking, developed in partnership with the William Davidson Foundation.

Twenty outstanding students were selected through a highly competitive process for this four-year intensive program. Utilizing the diverse, cohort-based learning that is the hallmark of The Wexner Foundation programs, Wexner Graduate Fellows/Davidson Scholars will be exposed to different approaches to leadership and tools for addressing pressing issues in the Jewish community, while being integrated into The Wexner Foundation’s vast network of more than 3,000 professional and volunteer leaders in North America and Israel, including the 60 outstanding professionals who are currently in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. 

Class 32 Fellows:
 
Hannah Kapnik Ashar, Hadar Advanced Kollel
Aya Baron, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Emmanuel Cantor, Jewish Theological Seminary 
Ezra Cohen, Yeshiva University
Shira Eliassian, Yale University
Benjamin Gladstone, New York University
Molly Goldmeier*, Brandeis University 
Lily Goldstein*, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Gordon*, Yeshiva University
Avigayil Halpern*, Hadar Advanced Kollel
Joshua Jacobs, American Jewish University
Rebecca Kaufman, Hebrew Union College
Hannah Kober*, Stanford University
Lauren Luger*, Brandeis University
Miriam Moster, City University of New York
Sion Setton*, Yeshiva University
Ora Weinbach*, Yale University 
Emily Goldberg Winer, Yeshivat Maharat
Jonah Winer*, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Mindy Schwartz Zolty*, Yeshiva University
 
*Denotes Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar

These exceptional candidates have exhibited a strong personal commitment to the Jewish community, a record of demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and the potential to assume significant professional leadership roles in the North American Jewish community. In addition to receiving generous funding, all Fellows are afforded unique opportunities for ongoing interaction with outstanding Jewish leaders and for extensive collaboration with one another. All Fellows will participate in four years of Fellowship-wide Institutes and gatherings, building a cohesive community of Fellows while enhancing their individual leadership skills. Fellows receive leadership training, peer support, professional mentoring and networking across career choices and denominational affiliates, both during school and throughout their lives.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of scholars into The Wexner Foundation fold and look forward to watching them grow and develop into their respective fields over the next four years and beyond,” said Stefanie Zelkind, Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. “Their dedication to the Jewish People, to their chosen career paths and to their futures as leaders in the Jewish community continues to inspire our work. We are grateful to our partners at the William Davidson Foundation who share Les and Abigail Wexner’s vision of investing in the future of our community by offering training and enrichment to the leaders that will guide us into the next generation.”

The Wexner Foundation has more than 30 years of experience developing excellence in Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders in North America. 

“We are delighted to welcome this newest class of William Davidson Scholars,” says Darin McKeever, president and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation. “They represent the vanguard in Jewish education and communal leadership and we are proud to support them. We salute The Wexner Foundation for their exemplary stewardship of the nation’s premier graduate fellowship/scholarship program.”

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program experience extends well beyond the four-year leadership program with an extensive alumni network that serves as a professional community throughout Fellows’ careers. To learn more about Class 32, please click here.