STRENGTHENING LEADERSHIP IN THE NORTH AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL

Leadership Initiatives For

PROFESSIONALS

Training emerging and current professionals to exercise leadership in North American Jewish communities.

Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program

WEXNER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP / DAVIDSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

For outstanding rabbinical students and graduate students in Jewish education and Jewish communal service programs.


Perfect For:
Graduate Students

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Wexner Field Fellowship

WEXNER FIELD FELLOWSHIP

For promising Jewish communal professionals who plan to continue their careers as leaders in the North American Jewish community.


Perfect For:
Jewish Professionals

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Leadership Initiatives For

VOLUNTEERS

Educating and inspiring exceptional volunteer leaders in North American Jewish Communities.

Wexner Heritage Program

WEXNER HERITAGE PROGRAM

For providing up-and-coming North American Jewish volunteer leaders with an intensive Jewish learning program, deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values and texts and enriching their leadership skills.


Perfect For:
Jewish Volunteer Leaders

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Wexner Service Corps

WEXNER SERVICE CORPS

The Service Corps is open to high school juniors and seniors in Columbus, OH, to participate in a year of monthly volunteering and Jewish learning followed by a week-long service trip. A select group of Corps members can return for a second year to join the Senior Leadership Cohort (SLC).


Perfect For:
Teenagers in Columbus, Ohio

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Leadership Initiatives For

ISRAELIS

Developing outstanding leaders for public service in Israel.

Wexner Israel Fellowship

WEXNER ISRAEL FELLOWSHIP

Up to 10 outstanding mid-career Israeli public officials are selected annually to study for a Masters degree in the mid-career program of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The goal of the fellowship is to provide Israel’s next generation of public leaders with advanced leadership and public management training.


Perfect For:
Mid-level Israeli Public Officials

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Wexner Senior Leaders

WEXNER SENIOR LEADERS

An executive model leadership initiative, which aims to strengthen skills and design strategies for leading transformative change, acquiring new tools for better decision-making, and developing strategies to be employed by some of Israel’s most promising and influential senior leaders in the public sector.


Perfect For:
Senior-level Israeli Public Officials

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WEXNER ALUMNI SUMMITS

Bringing together alumni of our network focused on solving critical problems though collaborative leading.

Wexner Summits provide a platform for alumni across all five of our adult programs to work together to confront major challenges facing the Jewish world. Alumni coalesce around projects and emerge with new allies, inspiration and skill sets to move the dial on urgent issues.

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Wexner Network in action

Spotlighting the ways our Alumni, Fellows and Members are leading their communities.

Articulating Jewish Visions

“The chavruta methodology is fundamentally empowering,” said Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. “You can—you should—read the text for yourself and form your own understanding. Every text is multi-vocal. When you read it in partnership, with multiple voices, you are discovering the richness of the text, and it comes alive as a result.” Read more from The Covenant Foundation.

WHP Alum Dr. Andrew Mandel (New York 16) has developed the Tzedek Box app, a way to stay connected and accountable to the Jewish call for justice. Visit tzedekbox.org to make your own box and join in on the observance of Yom HaTzedek on April 25.

Being an ally to ensure equity among all genders in the Jewish community requires action and strength. WFF Pilot and WGF/DS Alum Tilly Shemer (Class 28) and WGF/DS Rabbi Dan Ross (Class 27) along with many others, are leading the charge for equity as they invite others to Live the Pledge.

Receiving the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in Israel were Wexner Senior Leaders: Dr. Osnat Luxenburg (2015) Dep. Dir. Gen. and head of Medical Technologies, Professor Chezi Levy (2015), Dir. Gen. of the Health Ministry and Avi Ben Zaken (2020) Dep. Dir. Gen. for Infrastructure Planning and Dev.

WHP Alum Julie Platt (LA/Bear Sterns) is on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Future Pledge, a movement working to ensure that vibrant Jewish life continues by calling on Jews to pledge that half or more of the charitable giving in their Will support the Jewish people and/or the State of Israel.

A Life-changing Program in Every Sense of the Word

“A wonderful opportunity to take a step back and work on myself, create a better sense of my goals and aspirations and strengthen my leadership and management skills. Joining an active community of senior, interdisciplinary professionals of the highest standards has been critical to my ongoing professional development.

 

WIF Alum Nicole Hod Stroh (Class 30), Executive Director, Merage Foundation Israel

MORE ABOUT US

We’ve been focused on developing leaders since 1985. Learn more about us.

History

Founded in 1980’s, The Wexner Foundation has been a pioneer in the field of Jewish private philanthropy, a field that has grown to include dozens of foundations that devote themselves on a national and international scale to the needs of the Jewish people.

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Program By The Numbers

Focused on leadership since 1985, we have supported the training of 3,000 Wexner Fellows and Members in North America and Israel through our leadership initiatives.

Alumni

At the core of our work is an expansive and diverse Alumni network exercising transformative leadership locally and globally.

Our Team

Driven by professionalism, Jewish values and a commitment to excellence, our Wexner Foundation team supports all current and past Fellows and Members as they put their leadership skills to use within their own Jewish communities.

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Our Funders

Motivated by a passion for the North American Jewish community and the State of Israel, Les and Abigail Wexner, pioneers in Jewish private philanthropy, are steadfast in their belief that a diverse cadre of connected leaders, educated in Jewish life and in the art of leadership, are essential for the enduring strength of our People.

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The Latest from The Foundation ›

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

Three Wexner Heritage Program Cohorts Announced

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.

The Pandemic Time Zone

The weeks and then the months piled up and most Mondays we opened the new week with a collective deep breath before moving forward with our work, even if how far forward we could plan remained unclear.

Losing Count During a Year in Lockdown

“We have quite a valuable lesson to learn from our Israeli sisters and brothers. Let us all remember the sacrifices made by us and so many others as we celebrate the post-COVID world that although it may tarry, is sure to come.”

Making Tik Tok Torah

One of my favorite Jewish ways to mark time is through the annual Torah reading cycle. Each week, Jews from all over the world read the exact same parasha.

Wexner Learning Library ›

Stay up-to-date with the latest recordings and teachings from members of our dynamic staff, faculty and network.

The Latest from The Foundation ›

Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.

Wexner Learning Library ›

Stay up-to-date with the latest recordings and teachings from members of our dynamic staff, faculty and network.