Keshet: Life and Love for Those with Disabilities

When we think about the most pressing issues cities have to deal with, we wonder about poverty, starvation, illiteracy, and other situations that may negatively affect the environment and our local communities. Usually, we look for solutions to these problems and create NGO’s and nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing the necessary resources some people are lacking. However, just a few of us are able to identify the lack of resources available to help individuals with disabilities as a pressing issue.

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Statistics show that in the United States over 12 percent of the population has reported a disability. This means that more than 32 million people in the country are having a difficult time doing things that for most of us are simple and taken for granted. Also, 10 percent of the population in Illinois has reported having a disability, which means that at least 1,300 people need help and support to live a regular life.

These numbers are shocking and few people stop and look for solutions to help improve the life quality of individuals with reported disabilities. However, Yosef Meystel knows that in Chicago, there is an organization that has been working to serve individuals with disabilities. This organization is called Keshet and it is a nonprofit recognized as one of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations in America.

What is Keshet?

The word Keshet means “rainbow” in Hebrew. This idea of protecting diversity and empowering people of all ages with reported disabilities is what makes Keshet the rainbow that most Chicagoans need to follow to find the pot full of gold.

Keshet is a nonprofit organization that serves over seventy zones in Chicago. It has an international approach and offers consultations from experts from all around the globe, moved by the idea of doing whatever necessary to help individuals with disabilities to reach their highest potential. This mission is what keeps the organization alive.

Both children and adults are served in the same way and the organization members do whatever is in their hands to allow them to overcome intellectual and physical challenges. This is how Keshet serves over 1,000 individuals with special needs every year, touching the lives of many, including family members, supporters, peers and stakeholders around the world.

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How did it start?

Keshet was born 35 years ago. Since day one, students, residents, employees and campers with special need in more than seventy different zones in the Chicago area and the Midwest have been supported by the organization.

During these 35 years, the organization has trained more than 15,000 staff members to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Staff members are always willing to become better versions of themselves to develop successful programs of inclusion. Also, Keshet integrates nearly 100 local leaders from extremely different backgrounds to provide the necessary inspiration, funding, and direction to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission: doing whatever necessary to let individuals with special needs meet their highest potential.

Beliefs and Values

Keshet believes that anyone should have the opportunity to work, learn, have fun, and live in a way that enhances love, self-esteem, and self-respect. For this reason, members of Keshet are served as important members of their community and are encouraged to enjoy life alongside regular developing peers. This way, becoming an active part of the community represents a reward and promotes love and acceptance.

There are some values that have to guide the organization to become what it is today:

  1.    Every member of the community should be an active participant of its development, regardless its age or disability they all should have the same opportunities.
  2.    There are no specific criteria for program acceptance. Individuals with complicated needs are welcomed to the program.
  3.    No one should be turned away because of its inability to pay for Keshet services. The organization works restlessly to find donors, foundations, and partners to keep tuition fees at a low cost and offer scholarships.
  4.    Every member of the organization is invited to share its history of success, this way the organization aims to involve stakeholders in the life of the community led by the organization.

Keshet Programs

The organization aims to integrate students, employees, residents and campers to their community by carefully designing experiences and programs that are relevant and successful for participants and their peers.

There are many programs that include education, adult, camps, Sunday, recreation and residential programs. All of them work hard to bring people together, eliminating barriers of discrimination and teaching individuals to participate in the local community. Anyone who has the time and desires to work at Keshet is welcomed.

Programs are usually individualized and integrate several concepts and consultative services. They are available for individuals from kindergarten to adulthood and are meant to be shaped based on personal needs. The organization understands that we are all different and disabilities should be treated in a special way.

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A Nonprofit Helping Families Solve Their Issues in Chicago

Big cities are great places to live in but they also have major issues to deal with. As one of the biggest cities in the United States, Chicago is not the exception to this statement. Statistics show that some Chicagoans are starving, others are victims of abuse or come from a broken family. Many nonprofits work to address some of the most pressing issues from different perspectives. Yosef Meystel knows that there is one nonprofit in particular that works helping families in need throughout the Chicago area and it is called Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS).

JCFS has been working for Chicagoans for over 160 years. It is a nonprofit organization committed to guiding families in the Chicago area that need help solving their crisis and pressing issues. All services provided by JCFS are based on Jewish values, which aim to strengthen the lives involved in local communities. Also, the organization is partner with some charitable foundations in Illinois such as the Jewish United Fund of Chicago, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Center for Independent Futures

Regardless your background or religion JCFS wants everyone to know that they are not alone with their struggle and anguish. They can always count on the support of the JCFS’ highly skilled staff members, which are always willing to provide community members with advice, training, and solutions to care for children, teens, older adults and their families. This way, JCFS has given its support to over 26,000 people each year, having a positive impact on its community.

JCFS as an organization counts with a strategic plan that aims to have a positive impact in Chicago within the next three years. Over 1,000 stakeholders participated in the development of this plan, including clients, staff, board, donors, volunteers, and Chicago community members.

Who Can Be Helped by JCFS?

The answer is simple: anyone! JCFS is there for all Chicagoans who need support. No matter if you are dealing with autism, a cognitive problem, or even alcoholism, JCFS is always going to be there to offer support with advanced illnesses, special training, and education, counseling for individuals or families, among other initiatives.

It is a matter of engagement and reciprocity. JCFS only asks its members to engage with the programs and volunteer helping others, this way you can contribute to the growth of the organization and guarantee there is going to be there for you in case you need it. It is all about transformational change conducted by the same members of the community that understand its needs and care about solving them.

JCFS offers a wide variety of programs based on the diversity of its members. They can offer to counsel and care for abused and neglected youth, as well as therapy for adults and children who have dealt with traumatic experiences or difficult circumstances. Also, JCFS offers support services for people with disabilities and their caregivers or families, among other services such as general counseling, special education, grief counseling and special education.

The organization’s talented staff is prepared to help children and their families regardless their religion, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Everyone is welcomed to participate in inclusive activities and camps, support one another and engage with an organization that is always willing to help families in the Chicago area.

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Mission and Values

Jewish Child & Family Services aims to provide adults, children, and families with vital, results-driven, supportive, individualized and therapeutic services. No matter the background, each year the organizations is committed to helping individuals facing challenges with mental health, life transitions, basic human needs and any type of disability.

For this reason, the organization’s statement is to provide the necessary conditions to anyone in the community in order to make it stronger while helping it with its problems. This powerful statement is the one that impulses JCFS to become the best connection to get trusted and innovative care.

JCFS values are based on Jewish values and are oriented to care for life in a responsible way. The words Tikkun Olam refer to the idea of repairing the world and making it more perfect. This is one of the most important values for the organization, which aims to create a model society, responsible for the welfare of every human being. This means contributing to social justice, helping others heal and care for them.

The process of ensuring that the mental health needs of the community are addressed and that the organization is going to do everything that is at hand to do its best for its clients and members are also some of the core values of JCFS.   

The main mission is to always strive for excellence while supporting, protecting and nurturing families in Chicago. It is necessary to understand what families are going through in order to be able to help them. Always keeping in mind that communities are essential to living and for this reason, it is vital to keep them healthy and strengthen

 

The Mariners Inn: providing for homeless people and drug abusers

Being homeless or having a drug problem is a very difficult situation for the person, friends, and family. It is a spiral where people get so involved that it is just very difficult to get out of it.

In Detroit, the drug problem and the homelessness problem has risen to levels never imagined before. Fortunately, there are places and people willing to help. One of those places is at 445 Ledyard St Detroit, Michigan and its name is the Mariners Inn.  They have been helping people in need since 1925 and here is their brief story and some of the services they provide.

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What the Mariners Inn does is to help people that are fighting homelessness and substance abuse by giving them social services that take the best out of them and have the best possible results. They provide 24-hour residential treatments for drug users and for adult homeless people and are focused on providing a really good and complete therapeutic environment.

The story started back in the year 1925 in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and it was the first licensed, full-service treatment center that took care of homeless people and tried to help with substance abuse.  The Mariners Inn was first called the Detroit Protestant Episcopal City Mission Society. In the year 1934, the headquarters moved to a building owned by the Board of Trustees of Mariners’ Church and it was redesigned to make it a hotel type of shelter where housing, food, and clothing were given to people that were in real need.  In 1955 the building was used for another purpose and the Mariners Inn moved to Cass and Ledyard.  As for today, the Mariners Inn is a very well-known center that has professional approaches that actually work. The  Mariners Inn is legally running with all the certificates and the permits that are needed and it is considered a residential and outpatient treatment centre  that answers to the Office of Substance Abuse Services for the State of Michigan Department of Public Health and it has the certification and support of the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

As for their mission, it is to give people a complete and really good substance abuse approach so they can become law-abiding citizens, gain their confidence back and their independence from their substance or problem.

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So how do they do it? They think that recovery is real and here are some of their programs for people to come to life again:

THE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM

This is where most people start in order to go to the Mariners Inn. They receive people starting at the age of 18 and they handle very complex problems such as trauma, developmental disabilities, economic problems, legal problems, loss, miseducation or lack of it and many other things that come with the streets.

As for the treatment, it consists of 12 steps, interviews, behavioral therapy, artistic expression and many other disciplines and activities designed to restore self-confidence and social behavior.  The curriculum is aimed at topics that really give men the opportunity to be part of society again such as how to be a parent, good relations, HIV, how addictions work, anger management and many other topics that really address the problem.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

Another service that the Mariners provides is the alternative therapy that uses art to heal all the problems men take to the shelter. The art program objective is to give men a way to express themselves and to let go of emotions and fears by using the tools they need to produce any type of artistic expression that comes from their creativity.  The program is managed by a tutor but there are free open hours for people that wish to continue with their art for more hours than normal.

As part of the art program, the Mariners Inn has a Choir where they get the people involved in creating music that brings wellness and reduces stress. The Choir is very good for people that don’t make healthy  brain connections and with communication problems  

This program was designed by two volunteers with a music class given every week for the people in other programs at the Mariners Inn.  It then went to be a very big program with presentations in the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and the St. John Open Arms Program’s yearly grief memorial.

URBAN GARDEN

Taking care of a garden has amazing benefits that can give people the understanding of the soil and earth and the space around them. It teaches patience, enhances imagination, sparks anticipation and gives people a sense self-pride and self-confidence.  The Urban Garden, called Growing Dreams, became part of the Grown in Detroit cooperative which gave the people involved the chance to learn about retail and many other topics related to gardening.

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Venture Partnerships in Chicago

Yosef Meystel is known for constantly addressing the trend of philanthropy, especially in the Chicago/Midwest area. 2017 Just started and with it, given today’s juncture, the need to spare no efforts in supporting people in need have definitely gone through the roof. Long gone are the times where a single individual was able to provide help and fulfill other people’s need single-handedly: times have changed and even though such philanthropists still exist —and even though their intentions are laudable—, there is indeed a much more efficient way to carry out philanthropic activities.

Such is the case of social venture partnerships: such groups are composed of philanthropically-minded individuals who strive to make a positive repercussion on the lives of those in their communities. In Chicago, for instance, there are several of these groups, and thanks to their philanthropic approach, innovative and scalable nonprofits organizations have received a significant help through assorted activities and volunteers: the whole idea behind such partnerships is to improve and enhance the living conditions of the different communities by putting into work their knowledge, their will, and, mostly, their ongoing support.

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Such model would not be possible if those people had not understood that today’s landscape presents different needs than the ones known philanthropists like Rockefeller had to endure; today, the best way to provide help and assistance is to empower entrepreneurs who are constantly seeking to provide innovative approaches to their work and can make a significant change in the lives of men, women, and children who are now facing the challenges of this era. By laying out multi-year, ongoing financial aid and commitment, venture partnerships strive to support organizations that, regardless of their size, have proven to be ready for escalation, thusly, increasing the odds of making a more sizeable impact.

These two scenarios are, then, trending and spanning over the philanthropy framework: the increasingly emergence of intermediaries that are responsible for raising money, the crescent fame of the model itself. Amongst the sheer array of venture partnerships that currently operate, there are indeed several that have been born and launched in high schools —which also serves a depiction of how people are now raising awareness of the struggles other individuals have to endure, to the point where even at schools, both students and teachers, focus on supporting ideas about success in college and engaging youngsters in social work.

Research has showed that over 45,000 youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 are currently not in school —such metric actually exceeds by 5% the national average—; it is not a secret that the homicide rate in Chicago as been, meanwhile, rising, where half of all deaths of African American males between the ages of 15 to 25 are entailed. Given the nature of the city: where multiple races and cultures converge, the risk for these youngsters to suffer something pejorative is the focus of these venture partnerships; their mission is to invest and support innovative programs and scalable business ideas to widen the impact in such communities.

In reality, many positive things have been achieved: recently a group of non-profit organizations based in Chicago managed to amass around $4 million in grants from their funds as part of a massive donation. More than 150 different groups and organizations went on to apply for these donations, however, only three emerged as the most benefited, who later provided astonishing aid and support. An endeavor called Dovetail Project received around $1 million for its aid and support for young fathers. This people seek to provide help in regards to young father’s employment, GED completion and even wages.

These venture partnerships have also supported educational programs. Earlier the past year, a venture partnership gave a non-profit called Changing Voices around $1 million for an artistic program aimed at youngsters recently released from correctional centers and facilities. Nevertheless, such efforts are always done carefully; in fact, part of the money is also used to assess whether such endeavors effectively impact the participants in terms of adaptation and long-term employment. Philanthropy has shifted its approach compared to earlier connotations: today’s digital framework has demanded that people prepare themselves enough to face the challenges; education is more than ever a top priority, and venture partnerships have already noted that: thousands of dollars are now granted for aiding and supporting educational programs and students who struggle with their internships, workforce, college preparation, etc.

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It is important to note, that given the fact that these venture partnerships do not operate like traditional funds, further assessment is required in regards to their effectiveness, however, what is ahead seems to be promising: the initiatives will now focus on providing youngsters and communities with personalized teachings so that their odds of thriving in the digital —and highly competitive— era become, at least, attainable.

Detroit impact center

Detroit has been hit by poverty in a hard way. After the industrial boom they had, many factories and companies fled to California where the technology trend was growing at a fast pace. Detroit was left with a lot of security and social problems to deal with.

To tackle this issue, the Detroit Westside neighborhoods decided to get organized in order to get the resources and the things they needed to make it in life and to start breaking the poverty cycle that hit them when the industrial era was coming to an end.

These neighborhoods started a non-profit called Detroit Impact in order to have a bigger community development and a better quality of life for the community, especially children, and young adults that are the ones that feel the impact of social issues in bigger ways. Since the year 1991, they have been taking resources and creative empowerment to people in the Westside community of Detroit. The first issues they tackled were the problems that low-income and at risk youth had to deal with. They open meetings and courses in order to teach values, motivation and a strong self-esteem and many lectures and activities to reach out to these young adults and give them the opportunity to become responsible members of the community. All their programs are cooperative and they have very good relationships with parents, churches, schools, the business community, and neighborhood residents.

This charity relies on the donations of the general public and on companies that are very interested in their work. Their programs are run by volunteers and backed up by the entire donations made by people and companies.

What they are trying to do is to change the World child by child, one at a time by teaching, mentoring, motivating, guiding and encouraging them to be all they want to be with good values and respect for others. Here are their programs:

Academic Support

They support young adults with preparations for the S.T.E.P.P.S and SAT.  Their courses combine basic reading understanding, math, writing production, and communicative skills. They also have courses where they help students with their homework. They use personalized tutoring to help children and young adults relate what they see at school with what happens in their everyday life.  

Mentoring

This program focuses on giving young people the tools to be productive members of their community. They use a Restorative Practice approach and a Kingian conflict resolution curriculum to train children on good manners and community behaviour so they can have the skills and tools to achieve success in whatever they choose to do and share it with their near community.

Computer Center

Their computer Learning Center is a cornerstone for the community. Here the people have the opportunity to learn about software, use the World Wide Web and apply and study from programs that are computer based. Also, students become part of their special Microsoft Learning Center Program that provides training in software programs such as  Movie making and editing, WINDOWS 8, graphic and video Design, Professional Office and website development.

Motown Writers Journalism Class

This class is essentially a writing class. In this class, they teach young adults to observe research and compile information. Also, this class makes teenagers produce pieces of writings on their lives and teaches them about poetry and many African American writers. If teenagers show more interest in writing they can stay for Poetry Slam Club that encourages them to write on a professional level and to build more writing and comprehension skills.

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Free time Recreation Program and Remote Car Circuit

This is a fun way to spend Saturdays with the family. This program has the adventure Kid’s Club which is aimed at kids that are 6 to 12 years old. This program provides Arts & Crafts, Bible Study, and lunch. They also have an activity that is a Remote Car Circuit which gives the people the opportunity to know first-hand how to build and race a 1/28 scale remote control model car

Money is important for the youth.

This program is aimed at young adults that are just about to face the real world with financial issues and responsibilities. This program will give information to young adults on how to manage their money in the best way and how to manage their expenses in order to have a healthy financial life. The information given in this program is very important because the lessons allow the students to have exposure to real life situations that can happen if there is no financial stability. Some of the topics are budgeting, life planning and financial goals, patterns on spending issues, needs, etiquette, networking, investments and any other topic that young people face when it comes to managing money.

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Advisors in philanthropy: client centred planning for companies and people.

We have been talking about many charity institutions, philanthropy strategies, philanthropists and philanthropy ideas that have helped the people in the Chicago area and that have gone over boundaries even to reach countries overseas.

Well, this time we are going to take a look at a network that is dedicated to promoting principles and practices that directly relate to philanthropic resources and how to use them and allocate them in the best way possible. Their name is Advisors in Philanthropy

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They are based in Illinois at 16 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 625 and since 2005, when they signed their own declaration of interdependence on that same year on the 4th of July, they have been helping charities and philanthropic ideas around the United States.

Let’s take a look at what they are all about and some of their committees that are the base of their work.

First of all, AiP is not part of any for-profit company nor is a part of any charitable agency or foundation. AiP knows that independence in this world is a very strong asset and the thing that allows them to reach as many charities as possible, no matter their focus or goal and that allows them to work and act as they please with the strategies they think are right in order to include members who are already independent themselves.  AiP is just a big group of client focused philanthropic professionals that are willing to help and give advice to donors and clients so they can correctly direct and allocate their philanthropic resources in the community and they can also connect their money to the real meaning of their charity work. AiP also focuses efforts on professional advisors so they can get inspired, educated and motivated to integrate philanthropy in their companies or daily life. Then, these guys and girls will inspire and empower their customers and networks to help the community that surrounds them.

Their vision and mission statements are very clear: their Vision is to be the first and most important advisor for philanthropic planning and for strategies within companies and for the individual that enhance and help the most in need communities. Since AiP is a forum where people that know about advisory in the philanthropic world get together, the idea is to inspire, teach and empower clients to effectively direct all their philanthropic efforts the way they should be directed.

Their mission statement is also very simple and it is to inspire and educate advisors that in turn will help clients and people plan their philanthropic approaches and make those approaches an integral part of their companies and corporate governance; also, to create and support a network of people that are related to philanthropy one way or another and to promote the highest ethical standards in philanthropic planning.

In order to complete their work, AiP is divided by committees. Committees are the best way for people and companies to get involved with the AIP programs and to get the most out of the AiP memberships. These committees allow people to meet other members, build relationships, show and promote talents, and learn new skills. They have 4 committees:

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  • Conference and  education committee:

This committee is in charge of planning the content and the logistics for the annual Conference On Philanthropy and monthly webinars. They have to set the conference themes and session topics; find and nominate the keynote and breakout speakers and all the needed speakers for the conference and the order in which they will appear.

  • Membership committee:

They are basically in charge of growing the organization through recruitment and retention of members in the network. They are responsible for contacting new members, welcoming people to the organization, designing and doing acceptance and exit interviews with each and every member, identifying potential people that could be part of the team and planning campaigns that will attract more people to AiP.

  • Member benefits committee:

This committee is the internal communication of AiP. They are responsible for understanding the needs of the members and how they can be rewarded or helped in order to make their job better and more productive. This committee creates surveys and does phone interviews in order to identify trends and topics that their members are talking about or that they need or could need in the future. Also, with the survey’s results, AIP can understand what members are expecting from AiP and recommend benefit strategies to the Board of Directors so they can give these benefits to their teams and networks.

  • Community committee:

The Community Committee is the one responsible for taking the message to everyone everywhere.  Their responsibilities include speaking at charity events, helping local chapters with their development, being a collaborative leader and designing strategic partnerships locally and nationwide.

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The importance of the Wexner Foundation for the Midwest region

As we have seen, the American Midwest has one of the most important Jewish communities worldwide, having greatest companies and organizations. These businesses are considered significant promoters for social development and the founders of multiple social programs. In addition, these firms have created amazing foundations, which help the community not only in the United States and the Midwest region but also in other countries and cities around the world.

One of the most imperative businessmen in the Midwest is Leslie Wexner, the founder of the giant corporation L Brands. It owns remarkable companies like Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works or La Senza, reaching net incomes for more than $900 million dollars per year and employing more than 95.000 workers in the entire planet.

Wexner was born in 1937 in Dayton, Ohio and for more than 20 years, has been the CEO of L Brands. During his time as the head of this giant business, Leslie has been an important philanthropist, working a lot for the American Midwest and Israeli community, creating and designing multiple social programs for them. For this extraordinary purpose, Leslie founded the Wexner Foundation, a philanthropic organization supported and funded by L Brands.

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The Wexner Foundation

This organization was founded in the early 1980’s with the main purpose of creating good leaders for society, especially for the Jewish community. This significant idea was proposed by Wexner, due to the need that Israel and the Jewish people had for strong leaders. In other words, this Institution was formed with the principal commitment of creating, promoting, forming and strengthen Jewish and Israeli leaders.

At the beginning, the Wexner Foundation was divided into two different organizations; the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Wexner Foundation. The first one was focused on the creation and development of volunteer leaders, while the second one was dedicated to the promotion of emerging Jewish professional and public leaders through two different institutions; the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Wexner Israel Fellowship. Almost 20 years later, the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Wexner Foundation merged, giving origin to what is known today as the Wexner Foundation.

Currently, the organization has its headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, and offices in New York City and Jerusalem, Israel. Through its history, the Wexner Foundation has supported other philanthropist institutions and initiatives both in Ohio, the United States and Israel.

Supported foundations

In Ohio, the Wexner Foundation has promoted programs like the Columbus Jewish Federation, the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Wexner Jewish Student Center of Ohio State University, the Wexner Heritage Village, the Columbus Torah Academy, the Columbus Jewish Day School, the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, the United Way of America campaign, the Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital, the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

In the United States, the institution has supported organizations like the Birthright Israel

Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, the Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the Jewish Education Service of North America, the all major rabbinical seminaries, the Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For Israel, the Foundation has worked with some philanthropist organization, like the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv University.

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Programs

Wexner Graduate Fellowship

The main purpose of this program is to stimulate the development of Jewish professional leaders, giving financial and educational support for those recently graduated in multiple industry fields. By this program, the students are formed under the Jewish values and traditions, letting them promote the Jewish philosophy through their leadership.

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship has two main programs; the Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program and the Wexner Field Fellowship. The first one gives every year 20 scholarships in multiple fields with leadership basis. The second program seeks for the improvement of leadership skills that graduated must develop, besides, it lets them establish connections with other leaders and students.

The Wexner Heritage Program

This essential program has a very stunning purpose; to promote the Jewish volunteer leaders so they can apply all their knowledge and expertise to the Jewish community, both in the United States and Israel. Put differently, this branch pursues the creation of leaders who voluntarily want to work for the society, helping and supporting them with their knowledge.

The Wexner Israel Programs

The Wexner Israel Program does emphases in the formation of leaders for the public services in Israel. This initiative seeks to strengthen the skills and abilities of those leaders who work in public areas. The Wexner Israel Program has alliances with the Israeli Government and Harvard University, which helps participants to expand their vision about leadership and the society needs. This is a monthly program dictated annually, both in Israel and the United States, which let applicants establish important connections with Jewish members in both countries.