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Wexner Graduate Fellowship

Leadership development for Jewish communal professionals in graduate schools and the field

Wexner Field Fellowship

Through a partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program recently piloted the Wexner Field Fellows Program. Promising Jewish professionals currently working full-time in a Jewish communal organization based in North America, who are seeking professional growth and plan to continue to pursue a career as a professional leader in the North American Jewish community, are eligible.

If you are working full-time and plan to continue to do so while pursuing part-time professional development, you may be eligible for the Wexner Field Fellowship, although please note the application will not be open until mid-2016.  Please contact Ruthie Warshenbrot at RWarshenbrot@wexner.net to be notified when the application opens.

If you are in your first year of full-time graduate school, or applying to study full-time next fall, please visit the Wexner Graduate Fellowship page.

Meet our Wexner Field Fellows

Aliza Abrams Konig
Class 26
Field Fellow

Aliza Abrams is the Director of the Department of Jewish Service Learning at YU's Center for the Jewish Future (CJF).  She holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women and a Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Aliza’s career began at the CJF as the Presidential Fellow in the Department of Community Initiatives.  Through the CJF, Aliza has worked with thousands of college students, led over 20 different service missions around the world and has sent over 3,000 students on Torah Tours, a program which enhances Synagogues across N. America over a variety of Jewish holidays.  Aliza is a member of the inaugural Wexner Field Fellows program through the Wexner Foundation. 

Sheila Katz
Class 26
Field Fellow

Sheila Katz is the Director of Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others.  Sheila is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action.  She has presented at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, American Association of Colleges & Universities Global Education Summit, Millennial Impact and at the White House Interfaith Gathering.  Sheila has been named one of 13 people changing the world by CraigsList founder Craig Newmark and is a 2010 recipient of the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award.  Previously, Sheila was the Assistant Director at North Carolina Hillel and a Teach for America Corps Member in NYC.  She holds a master's degree in teaching from Pace University and a bachelor's degree in Politics from Ithaca College.  Sheila is currently a Wexner Field Fellow through the Wexner Foundation.  

Jennifer Weinstock
Class 26
Field Fellow

Jennifer Weinstock has been applying her expertise as a development professional for more than 17 years with an emphasis on relationship-building strategies between donors and organizations. She is currently the Senior Development Officer at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA and a Wexner Field Fellow.  Before coming to Gann this spring, Jennifer was Strategy Manager for Growing Annual Fund Revenue at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education for six years. Jennifer worked in women’s division at both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She also spent more than a decade at WGBH, Boston’s public broadcasting station, as the senior Major Gifts officer, Director of Stewardship and Director of the Major Gifts Annual Fund. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she was very active in Hillel and lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband Amiel and three sons who all attend Jewish day school and Jewish camp. They are active members of the Young Israel of Brookline.  

Elizabeth Fine
Class 27
Field Fellow

Elizabeth Fine first started at JDC as a Jewish Service Corps fellow and now works as Director of International Initiatives. Elizabeth worked with the Jewish communities of Moscow and St. Petersburg to redesign leadership development programs that help young Jewish adults create and support Jewish communities that meet their needs. As part of that effort in Moscow, Elizabeth worked to develop Kaet, a JDC program that brought the PresenTense social entrepreneurship model to its first location outside of Israel and the United States. While working in Moscow, Elizabeth also cultivated donor relations, oversaw missions to Moscow, and worked with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. During her six-year career as a corporate litigator in Chicago, Elizabeth served as a member of the Jewish Federations of North Americas' (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet. Locally, she founded and chaired the Jewish Professional Women’s Forum and the Young Lawyers’ Group, and served on committees at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  

Jonah Geller
Class 27
Field Fellow

Jonah joined Capital Camps in 2012 and has worked professionally in Jewish camping for 16 years. Prior to his tenure with Capital Camps, Jonah served as executive director of Michigan-based Tamarack Camps and director of Camp Tel Yehudah in New York. Originally from Pittsburgh, Jonah’s educational background includes Journalism, Jewish Studies and Hebrew. He is married to Jennifer Noparstak and is the proud father of three children – Ari, Ezra and Lea.  

Ian Kandel
Class 27
Field Fellow

Ian Kandel is the Director of AZA, BBG and the Teen Movement at BBYO International. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Washington, D.C. where he volunteers frequently in politics, campaigns and new voter education, while working to engage Jewish teens in Jewish life around the world. His own Jewish identity was formed by family stories of supporting the establishment of the State of Israel and from his participation in his local youth movement as a teen. After graduating from The George Washington University with degrees in political science and Judaic studies, and spending a term at Tel Aviv University, he joined BBYO as a full-time professional and has served in positions at both the local and international levels ever since. Ian has received an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College of Boston and is involved in several networks including the ROI Community, Rock the Vote and JewishDC. Having traveled to more than 25 countries, he craves any chance to go abroad. Ian also enjoys outdoor adventure, soccer, tennis, music and photography.

Aaron Henne
Class 28
Field Fellow

Aaron Henne is the artistic director of theatre dybbuk, a company whose work focuses on Jewish folklore, history and rituals. He is also a professional mentor at Otis College of Art and Design, has served as Artistic Director for the SIJCC's Culture Lab and has taught storytelling workshops at Dreamworks, LucasFilm and Pixar. Aaron is a board member of The Association for Jewish Theatre, a 2014 PresenTenseLA fellow and a Wexner Field Fellow.

Tilly Shames
Class 28
Wexner Field Fellow

Tilly is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly has worked with Hillel in Toronto and Michigan for 12 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive Director in 2012. Tilly brings to Michigan, along with her Canadian accent, a passion for Jewish life, community-building, and social justice. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs with a focus on development studies from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa. She graduated summa cum laude from York University with a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Tilly previously taught at Holy Blossom Temple’s high school in Toronto, and worked at the Canada-Israel Committee and United Nations Environment Programme. She loves art, traveling, yoga, anything food related, and diving into a conversation about our Jewish future.

Sarah Shulkind
Class 28
Field Fellow

Sarah is the Head of School at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, California, a nationally recognized Jewish Day School with 650 students from preschool through eighth grade. Before coming to Sinai Akiba in 2012, Sarah served as the Middle School Director at Milken Community Schools for seven years. Sarah also helped to start Wildwood School's secondary campus, and worked as a teacher and division leader there for five years. Sarah has presented and published on a wide range of topics in education and leadership both in Jewish and secular venues. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, her masters degree in teaching and curriculum at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and her doctoral degree from UCLA's Educational Leadership Program. Sarah and her husband Andrew, who met as teenagers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, live in Los Angeles with their three daughters Lucy, Olivia and Sadie. They are active members of IKAR and Sinai Temple.

Joshua Suchoff
Class 28
Field Fellow

Josh is the director of annual giving at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC) in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in political communications from The George Washington University and has been working in the advancement field for over half a decade. In partnership with professional colleagues and lay leaders, Josh focuses on the creation and implementation of donor-centric and data-driven advancement strategies, which have bolstered JPDS-NC’s annual giving program, increased engagement, and promoted program visibility. Josh currently serves on the board of Congregation Minchas Yitzhak and is a volunteer for GW Hillel focusing on alumni outreach and fundraising. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife, Shoshanna, and three kids, Yair, Moriah, and Yedidya.