Wexner announces 2020 Portland cohort

As part of the Centennial Celebration of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the community will participate in the Wexner Heritage Program for the first time since 1996.
The Wexner Foundation has announced the new Portland class of the renowned Wexner Heritage Program, in which participants study Judaism and leadership for two years. The Portland cohort will participate in 36 learning sessions locally, attend the Wexner conference in August 2020 and participate in an Israel experience in 2021.
The diverse, cohort-based learning that is the hallmark of The Wexner Foundation programs will expose Wexner Heritage members to different approaches to leadership and tools for addressing pressing issues in the Jewish community, while deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values and texts.
“It is an honor for our Jewish community to bring the Wexner Heritage program back to Portland after 24 years in celebration of Federation’s centennial year,” said JFGP Board Chair Lauren Goldstein. “We look forward to the impact these 20 individuals will make on our Jewish community for many years to come, just as the initial group has done.”
The local initiative is made possible by the generosity of JFGP, with additional support from local donors, local Wexner Heritage Alumni and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. 
“We are delighted to welcome these outstanding leaders as they embark upon a transformative journey of Jewish learning and leadership development,” said Rabba Yaffa Epstein, director of The Wexner Heritage Program. “We are so grateful to our partners in Portland who share our vision of investing in the future of our community by offering training and enrichment to the volunteer leaders that will guide us into the next generation.”
The program generally is limited to volunteers, but to maximize the impact of the group and to help create synergy with the local community, the Wexner Heritage Program commonly reserves one slot in the group for a Federation professional. This year, as in 1996 when Charles Schiffman, z”l, participated, the Jewish Federation is being represented by the organization’s top professional, JFGP President and CEO Marc Blattner.
“The incredible array of people who participated last time and the long-term impact they have had on our community provides an example of what we hope and expect from this group,” said Blattner.
This year’s outstanding participants were selected through a highly competitive process. Of the 106 nominees, 78 completed the full application and 33 were interviewed before the Wexner Foundation selected the final cohort of 20.
The Wexner Foundation has more than 35 years of experience developing excellence in Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders in North America. More than 2,200 leaders from 35 North American cities have participated in the heritage program. New cohorts are also being announced for Cleveland, Ohio, and New England (Hartford and New Haven, Conn., and Western Massachusetts).
The Wexner Foundation trains and inspires leaders in the North American Jewish community and the State of Israel. Through diverse, cohort-based educational programs, the Foundation invests in promising professionals and volunteers and gives them tools to exercise transformative leadership.
For more information, visit wexnerfoundation.org

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Noah Barish
Emily Benoit
Marc Blattner
Anna Epstein
Josh Frankel
Nicole Frisch
Nadine Gartner
Lauren Goldstein
Simon Gottheiner
Jaimie Harper
Jessica Hilbert
David Hirsch
Leah Katz
Ronnie Malka
Christie Moore
Benjamin O’Glasser
Jonathan Singer
Mark Zeitzer
Jason Zidell


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