The Wexner Foundation partners with Jewish communities to make WHP a reality.
Partnership is a core value of The Wexner Foundation, reflected in our goals, our programming, and our community relationships.
In order to enable communities to co-invest in and leverage future leadership, Leslie and Abigail Wexner decided in the early 2000s to engage funding partners for the Wexner Heritage Program. These partners ensure the strength and vitality of their own communities by sharing the responsibility for educating the next cadre of Jewish communal leaders.
Every year we partner with three communities to launch Wexner Heritage cohorts on their Jewish leadership journeys. The Wexner Foundation and the local community funding partners share the expense of the two-year program, contributing $350,000 each toward the total program cost of $700,000.
Each community partnership is a unique collection of local stakeholders. Funders have included Jewish Federations, individual philanthropists, private foundations, community foundations, and alumni of the Wexner Heritage Program, among others. This joint investment allows the program to be offered at no cost to participants. Community partners are asked to sign a letter of agreement in advance to secure their place.
After several years of successful partnership, the San Francisco Jewish Community set an extraordinary example of commitment by creating an endowment to ensure that there would be Wexner Heritage cohorts in the Bay Area Jewish community in perpetuity. Other communities are following suit and beginning to build endowments to bring Heritage classes back to their communities at regular intervals.
Since 2003, community partnerships have brought (or will soon bring) the Wexner Heritage Program to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, East Bay (CA), Houston, Los Angeles, Greater MetroWest New Jersey, Miami, Montreal, New York City (including two cohorts for Russian Speaking Jews in NYC), New England (Hartford, New Haven and Western Massachusetts), Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Seattle, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Westchester, NY.
As we look to the future to expand the reach of the Wexner Heritage Program, we have already confirmed our partnerships with communities through start dates of 2024 and are currently finalizing agreements for 2025.
If you are interested in pursuing a community partnership, please contact Rabbi Jay Moses
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