The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is partnering with the acclaimed Wexner Heritage Program to encourage, inspire, and further develop the future leaders of Rochester’s Jewish community. This initiative is designed for a select group of volunteer leaders who were chosen by the Wexner Foundation following a competitive selection process using proven criteria, including the ability to shape and transmit a vision of Jewish life and communal responsibility.
With initiatives in major cities throughout the country, the Wexner Heritage Program is a two-year Jewish study experience with an additional focus on leadership. Each local seminar group consists of 20 outstanding and diverse Jewish volunteer leaders. Substantive Jewish learning will unite these individuals, and the relationships created among members are the heart of the program.
Rochester’s inaugural class of Wexner Heritage Program participants will convene in Spring 2019. Their work will include a series of intensive seminars and out-of-town institutes over the course of two years. At the institutes, they will also meet with cohorts from other communities.
“We are so pleased to bring this opportunity to Rochester,” said Holli Budd, Farash Foundation executive director. “This program now has more than 2,000 alumni across the country, and they include many of the top lay leaders of their respective Jewish organizations. We hope and expect our Rochester participants will add to the vibrancy of our community here in the years ahead.”
Inaugural participants in Rochester are:
Principal, MB2Group, LLC
Executive Director, Worker Justice Center of New York
Teacher, Vertus High School
English Language Arts Instructor, Pittsford Sutherland High School
General Counsel, ITX Corp.
Senior Program Officer, Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation
Dr. Mitch Gruber
Chief Program Officer, Foodlink
At-Large Council Member, City of Rochester
Special Education Teacher, Wilson Commencement Academy
Sr. Director, PHM Informatics & Payment Innovation,
University of Rochester
Yoram (Rami) Katz
COO, Excell Partners
Yosef Kilimnick, MD
Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LP
Director of IT Applications, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Research Program Coordinator, Center on Cognition and Language,
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
Controller, Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC
Partner, Lacy Katzen LLP
Director, Talent Acquisition, Aspen Dental Management, Inc.