The Wexner Foundation, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, announced its Class 4 of the Wexner Field Fellowship, comprised of 15 professionals selected for the three-year program.
The new Field Fellows will be exposed to different approaches to leadership and tools for addressing pressing issues in the Jewish community, the New Albany-based organization announced Jan. 7. The fellows are integrated into The Wexner Foundation’s network of more than 3,000 professional and volunteer leaders in North America and Israel, including the 30 professionals who are currently in the Field Fellowship Program, as well as 25 alumni.
Wexner programs draw from a diverse, cohort-based learning style, according to the release.
“We faced the tremendous challenge of selecting our new class from a deep and talented pool of candidates,” said Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, Wexner Foundation president, in the release. “The field is richly blessed. I am excited about the ways in which these 15 mid-career Jewish professionals will contribute to the Wexner Field Fellowship and more importantly to the Jewish organizations and communities they will lead. This new cohort of transformational leaders will add mightily to the community of Wexner fellows and alumni shaping the Jewish future.”
The cohort consists of: Ari Brickman, senior philanthropic officer, key relationships for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in North Bethesda, Md.; Yehuda Chanales, director of educational advancement at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland; Keren Fraiman, dean and chief academic officer of the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago; Rachael Fried, executive director at Jewish Queer Youth in New York City; Gavi Geller, executive director of the Jewish community relations bureau of AJC in Overland Park, Kan.; Addie Klein, director of community engagement at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in Philadelphia; Stephanie Levin, chief engagement and innovation officer at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, Calif.; Evan Majzner, vice president of development and strategic initiatives at itrek in New York City; Janu Mendel, executive director at Repair the World in Miami, Fla.; Harry Pell, associate head of school at The Leffell School in Hartsdale, N.Y.; Hillel Rapp, director of education at Bnei Akiva Schools in Toronto, Ontario; Lani Santo, executive director of Footsteps in New York City; Yaffi Scheinberg, executive director and head of school at Kayla’s Children Centre in Toronto, Ontario; Matt Weintraub, executive director of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Calif.; and Ari Weiss, executive director of Cornell Hillel in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Wexner Foundation has developed Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders in North America for more than 30 years, according to the release. The Wexner Field Fellowship was created in 2013, in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco, to focus on developing promising Jewish professionals’ leadership skills while immersing them in a rich network of Jewish colleagues.
To learn more about the fellows, visit bit.ly/WFFClass4.