Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson (HUC-JIR/NY '85) to Serve as President of The Wexner Foundation

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Chairmen of The Wexner Foundation, are pleased to announce that Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson (HUC-JIR/New York '85), who currently serves as Foundation Vice President, Leadership Programs, will become its next President on October 1, 2011.  She will succeed Larry Moses, outgoing President, who sought new challenges which would allow him time to pursue his passions of writing and teaching.  Mr. Moses will continue to serve as Philanthropic Advisor to the Wexner Family.  Rabbi Abrahamson and Mr.  Moses have been close colleagues for more than a decade and the two will work in tandem toward a seamless leadership transition.

In a letter announcing the leadership transition on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Wexner expressed profound gratitude to Larry Moses, who has served as a senior professional with The Wexner Foundation since its formation in Columbus, Ohio, twenty-five years ago, assuming the presidency in 1998.

Appointing Abrahamson as the next president of the organization was, according to Mr. and Mrs. Wexner, "a straightforward and natural decision, made with excitement for the future direction of the Foundation.  She combines many strong leadership gifts.  Steeped in Jewish learning and grounded in Jewish values, she is creative, a strategic thinker, an enthusiastic and wise teacher, and gifted leader.  As our new partner, she will participate in the authoring of the next impressive chapter in the life of the Foundation."  Rabbi Abrahamson was recently named as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in North America by Newsweek Magazine.

Leslie Wexner is President and CEO of Limited Brands.  The Wexner Foundation, established in 1988, focuses on strengthening Jewish leadership in North America and Israel.

For further information, contact Karen Collum at kcollum@wexner.net


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