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Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program

Leadership Development for Jewish Communal Professionals in Graduate Schools

Program and Educational Overview

Wexner Graduate Fellowships are granted to exceptional candidates with 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. All Wexner Fellows will participate in four years of Fellowship-wide Institutes and gatherings, regardless of funding status, as follows:

  • Orientation (first year): three-day program in May
  • Leadership learning calls (first year): monthly peer consultations, by phone
  • Summer Institute (every year): five-day program, usually the 3rd week of August
  • Winter Institute (every year): four-day program in January, including MLK Day
  • Mid-Fellowship Retreat (third year): five-day program, usually second week of November, over Shabbat
  • Capstone Program (fourth year): two-day program, held in Columbus, OH


These programs build a cohesive community of Fellows while enhancing the leadership skills of each individual Fellow. All Fellows are afforded unique opportunities for ongoing interaction with outstanding Jewish leaders and for extensive collaboration with one other. Fellows receive leadership training, peer support, professional mentoring, and networking across career choices and denominational affiliations, both during school and throughout their lives.

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program experience extends well beyond the four-year leadership program. Our extensive alumni network serves as a professional community throughout Fellows’ careers.


Welcome to Class 29 of the Wexner Israel Fellowship

Meet Class 29 of The Wexner Israel Fellowship



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