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Waldor-Wexner announces new cohort
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Waldor-Wexner announces new cohort

The next class of Wexner fellows from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ has been announced.

The two-year Jerry Waldor Institute-Wexner Heritage Program, which brings together 20 fellows from the Greater MetroWest community, aims to give participants — through a series of shared experiences, intensive discussions, travel, study, and reflection — deeper connections and commitment to federation and the local Jewish community. 

Local philanthropists and federation have partnered with the Wexner Foundation to underwrite the program, which is designed to develop the next generation of community leaders. Archie Gottesman, a Wexner alumna, and Dr. Lynne B Harrison, a devoted supporter of Jewish education, chaired the Wexner campaign to raise money for the next two-three Greater MetroWest Wexner classes. This endowment will fund two additional cohorts over the next 10 years. 

The new Wexner fellows are Taryn Berelowitz, Shari Brandt, Lisa Buber, William Cohen, Lisa Gutkin, Marc Leibowitz, David Leit, Craig Levine, Jonathan Liss, Lee Murnick, Ariel Nelson, Jamie Ramsfelder, Aviva Roland, Lina Rubin, Rachel Scherzer, Maxine Schwartz, Dina Simon, Stacy Stuart, Brett Tanzman, and Jane Wilf.

“We are so grateful to Lynne and Archie — and to all of the Wexner alumni who have ‘paid it forward’ — to help ensure that there will be at least two more cohorts of Wexner classes here in Greater MetroWest,” said federation president Leslie Dannin Rosenthal. “Wexner is both a personal Jewish journey for each participant and the creation of a dynamic entity that serves as a resource for the entire Greater MetroWest community, as the individual participants take their learning out to their families, synagogues, and community organizations.”

The Wexner Foundation was created in 1985 by Leslie Wexner, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands. Its Heritage program has been conducted in 31 communities throughout North America; its more than 1,500 alumni have gone on to become top leaders in their communities. 

When the program returned to the Greater MetroWest community in 2007, the local version was named in honor of Jerry Waldor, a major philanthropist and Jewish community leader who died in 2005. 

Upon completion of the program — which has a faculty of distinguished professors, rabbis, professionals, and civic leaders — participants are offered opportunities to move into high-level leadership positions within federation and its network of agencies.

For more information, contact Aviva Roland at 973-929-3179 or aroland@jfedgmw.org.

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