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Wexner Heritage Program

Jewish learning and leadership development for volunteer leaders in North America

Meet our Heritage Alumni

Tara Slone-Goldstein - a Wexner Heritage Alumnus from NY Westchester.  She is on the advisory committee of J-Teen Leadership, a community-service, leadership development organization for high school students.  She also serves on the board of The Jewish Education Project where she is actively involved in the Westchester Jewish Teen Learning Initiative. At UJA-Federation of NY, Tara served on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Committee and is active in Women’s Philanthropy. As a graduate of Wexner Heritage Westchester ‘07, Tara co-organizes the group’s continued learning.  

Tara is a principal of Marketing Matters Ltd., a consulting firm that specializes in branding and marketing. Founded in 1996, non-profit clients include: Brand Israel Group, Elsevier Foundation, Liberty Science Center, Long Island University, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, and The Conference Board. In addition, Marketing Matters offers a customized management tool, The Management Mirror, that enables senior management to strengthen employee engagement and thereby, productivity. Tara is also a workshop facilitator at the Support Center – Partnership in Philanthropy.  

Tara received her M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business and her B.A. from George Washington University. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York with her husband, Wayne, their three sons, Zachary, Joshua, and Adam and their labradoodle, Maggie.

Howard Zack, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from San Francisco was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Lived in Bay Area since 1983. Most recently, Building Community Co-Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair for his shul's redevelopment which culminated in move-in August 2010. Capital Campaign continues.  He sits on the AIPAC National Council and a member of the  AIPAC Summit ’13 Cabinet. He is active in the San Francisco Federation Capital Planning Committee; Allocations; Board of Governors and Ex Officio Branding Skunkworks. He has sat on the Brandeis Hillel Day School Board and the  Board of NorCal Camp Ramah.  He is a Board member of Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). He is married to Diane also a Wexner Heritage Program alum.  They have 3 children: Marty, Nathan, and Alana.

  
Alan Stern, a Wexner Heritage Alumnus from Los Angeles is a Partner of Specialty Commodities, Inc., an International Commodities Importing, Trading and Distribution company with offices throughout the United States, Far East and the Middle East. Some of Alan's communal activities include serving as Chair of The Jewish Community Foundation’s (Los Angeles) Cutting Edge Grants Committee and President of Congregation Etz Chaim (Los Angeles). He is a Fellow and Special Delegate (LA) of the Wexner Heritage Program. He studied at the Gateshead Talmudical College in the U.K., and received his Bachelor's degree with honors in Business Administration from the City of London School of Business Studies (City University). A native of London, he currently resides in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife Lisa and their three children.

 Ted Einhorn, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from Cleveland, is the General Counsel of the NRP Group LLC, a privately held company that develops, builds and manages affordable housing developments nationwide.  Prior to joining NRP, Ted worked as an attorney in private practice, specializing in real estate transactions and environmental law.  

Ted is an active member of the Jewish community in Cleveland, having served in numerous capacities at the Jewish Community Federation, including as a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Community Relations Committee, and as Chair of the Young Leadership Division.   In 2006, Ted was the recipient of the Federation’s Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Young Leadership Award, the Federation’s highest leadership honor for members of the Jewish community under the age of 40.  Ted has also served Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, in Beachwood, Ohio as a Trustee, as Chair of the Worship and Ritual Committee, and as Chair of the Membership Committee the Pardes School as a Trustee and Vice President, the Gross Schechter Day School as a Trustee and as Chair of the Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Egalitarian Practice, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland as a Trustee and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Israel Engagement.

Ted lives in Beachwood, Ohio with his wife Amy, Director of Institutional Advancement at Gross Schechter Day School, and his children, Emily, Orly and Kobi.

“The gift of participating in the Wexner Heritage Program and studying with the Wexner faculty taught me many lessons that have directly enhanced my volunteer work.  As I studied with individuals from across the spectrum of the Jewish community, in terms of observance, identification and background, my eyes and ears were opened to a wide variety of approaches and solutions for issues facing the organizations I care about.   As a result, I find myself more open to a variety of approaches to Jewish observance and identity and more accepting of ideas that may appear out of the mainstream, but actually represent the gradual change and response to change that has characterized the evolution of Jewish thought and practice over the centuries.  I have made new life-long friends, learned a tremendous amount and have grown personally in ways I did not anticipate when I began this journey.”

 

Lorin Fife, a Wexner Heritage alumnus from Los Angeles, retired from the practice of law in 1998 to focus more on family, art and community-oriented activities.  Prior to his retirement, Mr. Fife served as senior vice president and general counsel of the SunAmerica Life Companies and as senior vice president and general counsel for regulatory affairs of SunAmerica Inc., a financial services holding company with approximately $110 billion in assets. 

Mr. Fife has served as a Vice President and currently serves as Treasurer of the Jewish Community Foundation.   In addition, he serves on the Foundation’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, as well as a number of other Foundation committees and support organization boards.  Mr. Fife also has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and co-chairs the Israel and Overseas Committee of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles.  In addition, he serves as the Los Angeles Chairman of the Federation’s internationally acclaimed Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership.  He also serves on the national committee overseeing allocations of Israel Emergency Campaign funds raised by the United Jewish Communities during and after the second war in Lebanon and served on the Los Angeles Allocations Committee for the Federation’s Jews in Crisis Campaign during the Second Intifada.  A longtime member of the Federation’s Planning and Allocations Committee, Mr. Fife also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force which helped to chart a new direction for the Federation, and chaired the Federation’s East Valley Task Force. 

Mr. Fife also served his congregation, Adat Ari El, as President and as Chairman of the Board, and as Chairman of the Board of its Day School.  In addition, he has served on the National Executive Committee and as the Los Angeles General Campaign chair for the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel; as a co-chair of the Regents of Camp Ramah in California and on Camp Ramah’s Board of Directors. 
 
An accomplished portrait and landscape artist, Mr. Fife has exhibited his oil, pastel and watercolor paintings in galleries in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Fife graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.  Following his military service, he did post-graduate studies in business and economics at Tel Aviv University before earning his law degree from the University of Southern California.  A native of the San Fernando Valley, he has been married to his wife Linda, also a Wexner Alumna, for over 30 years.  Linda, an educational consultant working in the Jewish community, co-chaired Limmud L.A. and also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation, and as a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation’s Valley Alliance.  In addition, she serves on the Camp Ramah and New Community Jewish High School boards of directors. 

 Laura Lauder, a Wexner Heritage alumna from San Francisco, has held countless positions on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Jewish Community Federation and its $2.8B Endowment Fund Committee, where she chairs the Allocations Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Jewish Education Service of North America, the Jewish Funders Network and the National Public Radio Foundation.  She and her husband Gary co-founded the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute in 1996. She recently became a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the late 1990s, Laura chaired the capital campaign for the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, which now houses nearly 400 students K-8, including her own children.

Laura is the founder of DeLeT, a fellowship that gives selected applicants access to a career in Day School teaching. The program is modeled on Laura’s experience in the Wexner Heritage Program. 

“I realized I had an opportunity – no, an obligation—to leverage my extraordinary experience using unique Wexner leadership development model. I had to help another group of much more important people:  those who help us raise our Jewish children every day in the classroom: our Jewish Day School teachers. Thus, the Day School Leadership through Teaching initiative was born in 2001. And now, 7 years later, this program has trained and placed nearly 100 new day school teachers across the country. It was thanks to Les and Abigail for the inspiration and the opportunity for a spectacular Jewish education that led to this effort.”

 

 

 

 


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