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HUC-JIR is proud to announce the Wexner Fellows Entering HUC-JIR this summer

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Hayley Feldman, Rabbinical School
Carla Fenves, Rabbinical School
Rachel Isaacs, Rabbinical School
Emily Walsh, Rhea Hirsch School of Education (Davidson Scholar) 

This is the second year in a row that HUC-JIR has had four Wexner Fellows entering our academic programs. 

The Wexner Foundation Website: Visit Our New Homepage 

The Wexner Foundation is in the process of building an integrated website to encompass all of its leadership initiatives and constituencies. Upon completion, this site will not only contain information about our three leadership initiatives, but also password-protected pages for constituents to access rosters, Jewish and leadership learning, and ever-expanding interactive opportunities to create virtual Wexner communities utilizing cutting-edge technology and thinking. 

The first phase of integrating our sites is now completed. It is a "portal page" that will lead you to either of our existing sites, or By phase two (which we hope to complete by mid-September), our website will be fully integrated. 

All Foundation professional and support staff now have uniform e-mails. A full listing is available through the homepage. You can reach any of us by typing the person's first initial followed by last name Please do not use any other e-mail addresses to communicate with staff. 

To view our new home page click on You will be able to access both the and existing websites by clicking on the appropriate link. 

Welcoming New Classes: Wexner Heritage, Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars, and Wexner Israel Fellowship 

The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce the names of our newest classes of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program, the Wexner Israel Fellowship, and the Wexner Heritage Program. The processes leading to the selection of these cohorts of leaders were intensive, highly competitive, and rigorous. With these new classes of Jewish leaders, the Foundation renews its belief in the power of inspired leadership to rise to the challenge of building Jewish life in an era of unprecedented challenges. As the constituents of the three leadership initiatives also impact each other, we envision a day when North American professional and volunteer leaders, and Israeli leaders, will interact with greater common resolve, and in the truest spirit of partnership. Kol HaKavod to each of our new program participants! 

Wexner Heritage Members 2006 

Chicago Members 

Carole Caplan
Cortney Stark Cope
Alan Frankel
Jason A. Friedman
Peter Friedman
Mindy Gordon
David Gottlieb
Alexander Harris
Nina Harris
Brian Levinson
Allan Malmed
Robert Mann
James Matanky
Jonathan Polish
Stephanie Pritzker
Viki Rivkin
Jill Rose
Wendy Shapiro
William Silverstein
David Strulowitz 

Houston Members 

Audrey Fersten
Clive Fields
Sandra Finkelman
Steven Graubart
Elizabeth Grzebinski
Rick Guttman
Elyse Spector Kalmans
Dori Kornfeld
Robert Levy
Michael Levy
Margaret Jelinek Lewis
Glenn Lowenstein
Ron Moses
Bradley Rauch
David Scott
Tara Sondock
Robin Stein
Lisa Strauss
Marcie Baker Turrin
Shira Yoshor 

San Francisco Members 

Matthew K. Berler
Susan Bluer
Ruvim Braude
Elliott Felson
Richard Friedotin
Nimrod Goor
Jennifer Gorovitz
Melissa Hessekiel
Lily Kanter-Sarosi
David Katznelson
Shira Levine
Lisa Portnoy
Dane Ross
Dan Rubin
Rhona Edelbaum Sloan
Richard Sorkin
Paul Sunshine
Rachel Tasch
Jennifer Traeger
Jonathan Wornick 

Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Class XIX 

Hayley Feldman
Carla Fenves
David Goldberg
Shira Hammerman
Nessa Heilpern
Amiel Hersh
Rachel Isaacs
Adena Kaplan
Sarit Kattan Gribetz
Jacob Labendz
Amy Leichtner
Jill Levy
Katherine Light
Shoshanna Lockshin
Ariela Pelaia
Hindy Poupko
Jordan Rosenberg
Efrayim Unterman
Emily Walsh
Shawn Yanklowitz
Jewish Education*
Jewish Communal Service*
Jewish Communal Service*
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Education*
Jewish Studies
Jewish Education*
Jewish Education*
Jewish Communal Service*
Jewish Education*
Jewish Education*
Jewish Education*
Hebrew Union College
Hebrew Union College
Jewish Theological Seminary
New York University
New York University
Jewish Theological Seminary
Hebrew Union College
Yeshiva University - Wurzweiler
Washington University
Jewish Theological Seminary
Jewish Theological Seminary
Brandeis University
Columbia University
Jewish Theological Seminary
New York University
Yeshiva University
Yeshiva University
Hebrew Union College
YCT Rabbinical School

* Davidson Scholar 

Wexner Israel Fellowship, Class XVIII 

Joseph Asch, Senior Assistant to the Jerusalem District Attorney
Tuval Avishai, Squadron Commander, IDF
Efrat Bron-Harlev, Senior Pediatric Intensive Care Physician at Clalit HMO
Orit Farkash HaCohen, Legal Advisor for Public Utilities Authority
Yitshak Kreiss, Southern Medical Commander, IDF Medical Corps
Ruth Lande, Political and Economic Advisor in the Embassy of Israel in Cairo
Ziv Levy, Squadron Commander, Israeli Air Force, IDF
Oren Magnezy, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Liaison to the Knesset, Prime Minister's office
Ela Weber, Director of the District Outline Plans Department for the Planning Administration, Ministry of Interior
Havatzelet Yahel, Head of Land Settlement Department of the Negev in the District Attorney's Office 

Wexner Foundation's Summer Schedule 

June 8: 

Wexner Israel Fellows Graduation, Kennedy School of Government
9 members of Class XVII of the Wexner Israel Fellowship receive their MC/MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. 

July 5 - 7: 

Wexner Israel Fellowship Alumni Institute, Haifa, Israel
We anticipate a large number of participants from the 154 Wexner Israel Alumni. We welcome The Hon., Dr. Irwin Cotler who will serve as our distinguished faculty member. 

August 6 - 11: 

Wexner Heritage New Member/Summer Institute, Aspen, CO
New groups from Chicago, Houston and San Francisco join members from Atlanta, Cleveland and Los Angeles who have completed a year of study. 

August 20 - 25: 

Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Summer Institute, Stowe, VT
Our 64 Graduate Fellows/Davidson Scholars, Classes XVI - XIX, are studying in preparation for careers in the Cantorate, Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Education, Jewish Studies and the Rabbinate this summer or fall. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.