Jewish volunteer leaders will study Judaism and Leadership over the course of two years

The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce three new cohorts of the renowned Wexner Heritage Program with dynamic volunteer leaders from Cleveland, OH, New England (New Haven, CT, Hartford, CT, and Western Massachusetts) and Portland, OR.

In Cleveland the program is supported by the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and other local donors, in New England by the Jewish Federation of New Haven, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Harford, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, local Wexner Heritage Alumni and other local donors, and in Portland by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland with additional support from local Wexner Heritage Alumni and other local donors.

Twenty outstanding volunteers from each community were selected through a highly competitive process for this two-year intensive program. Utilizing the diverse, cohort-based learning that is the hallmark of The Wexner Foundation programs, Wexner Heritage Members will be exposed to different approaches to leadership and tools for addressing pressing issues in the Jewish community, while deepening their understanding of Jewish texts, history and values. Members will also be integrated into The Wexner Foundation’s vast network of more than 3,000 professional and volunteer leaders in North America and Israel.


Members in Cleveland:

  • Robert Fishman
  • Rachel Immerman Glickman
  • Michelle Hirsch
  • Michael Hoenig
  • Gayle Horwitz
  • Shoshana Dessler Jacobs
  • Gabrielle Jerusalem
  • Ethan Karp
  • Hallie Kogelschatz
  • Justin Lappen
  • Mariely Luengo
  • Yoel Mayerfeld
  • Lisa Mayers
  • Leon Mendlowitz
  • Jared Miller
  • Cameron Orlean
  • Erika Rudin-Luria
  • Rachel Rothner Stark
  • Erica Starrfeld
  • Richard Uria


Members in New England:

  • Sarah Aroeste Blaugrund
  • Chaim Davis
  • Adam Deutsch
  • Lauren Eisen
  • Joshua Feldman
  • Gerry Garcia
  • Vlad Katsovich
  • Julie Katz
  • Jason Kay
  • David Kieval
  • Elyse Krantz
  • Rachel Leventhal-Weiner
  • Benjamin Lewis
  • Heather Lieber
  • Merrill Mandell
  • Sami Merit
  • David Ochs
  • Frank Roberts
  • Betsy Schulman
  • Chaim Abba Vail


Members in Portland:

  • Rochelle Abitz
  • Noah Barish
  • Emily Benoit
  • Marc Blattner
  • Anna Epstein
  • Josh Frankel
  • Nicole Frisch
  • Nadine Gartner
  • Simon Gottheiner
  • Jaimie Harper
  • Jessica Hilbert
  • David Hirsch
  • Leah Katz
  • Ronnie Malka
  • Liza Milliner
  • Christie Moore
  • Benjamin O’Glasser
  • Jonathan Singer
  • Mark Zeitzer
  • Jason Zidell

The Wexner Foundation has more than 35 years of experience developing excellence in Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders in North America. The mission of the Wexner Heritage Program is to expand the vision of Jewish volunteer leaders, deepen their Jewish knowledge and confidence and inspire them to exercise transformative leadership in the Jewish community. More than 2,300 leaders from 34 North American cities have participated in the program.

“We are delighted to welcome these 60 outstanding leaders as they embark upon a transformative journey of Jewish learning and leadership development,” said Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. “In the post-Covid world we find ourselves in, developing excellent leaders is critical for the Jewish community, and we know that these new members will take their place alongside our accomplished Alumni as visionary change agents in Jewish life. We are so grateful to our partners in these five communities who share Les and Abigail Wexner’s vision of investing in the future of our community by offering training and enrichment to the volunteer leaders that will guide us into the next generation.”

To learn more about the Wexner Heritage Program, please click here.