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Wexner Heritage Program


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. Serious Jewish learning will unite these individuals, who live in the same community but might otherwise never have worked together. The relationships created among members are the heart of the program.

The Farash Foundation is pleased to partner with the Wexner Foundation in this farsighted initiative. Rochester’s inaugural class of Wexner Heritage Program participants will convene in Spring 2019. During the summer they also will meet with cohorts from other communities.

Inaugural participants in Rochester are:

Deborah Biedenkopf
Principal, MB2Group, LLC

Lauren Deutsch
Executive Director, Worker Justice Center of New York

Eitan Freedenberg
Teacher, Vertus High School

Monica Gebell
English Language Arts Instructor, Pittsford Sutherland High School

Leah Goldman
General Counsel, ITX Corp.

Kate Goldstein
Community Volunteer

Sharon Gray
Senior Program Officer, Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

Dr. Mitch Gruber
Chief Program Officer, Foodlink
At-Large Council Member, City of Rochester

Monica Gurell
Special Education Teacher, Wilson Commencement Academy

Irena Pesis-Katz
Sr. Director, PHM Informatics & Payment Innovation,
University of Rochester

Yoram (Rami) Katz
COO, Excell Partners

Yosef Kilimnick, MD
Kilimnick Pediatrics

Daniel Kinel
Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LP

Marc Reich
Director of IT Applications, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Susan Rizzo
Research Program Coordinator, Center on Cognition and Language,
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Scott Rogoff
Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP

Tiffany Rothenberg
Community Volunteer

Pauline Rutberg
Controller, Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC

Matthew Ryen
Partner, Lacy Katzen LLP

Martin Spokony
Director, Talent Acquisition, Aspen Dental Management, Inc.

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