The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Wexner Heritage Program to 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 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 comprises 20 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 include 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; Mitch Gruber, chief program officer, Foodlink, At-Large Council Member, city of Rochester; Monica Gurell, special education teacher, Wilson Commencement Academy; Irena Pesis-Katz, senior director, PHM Informatics and Payment Innovation, University of Rochester; Yoram “Rami” Katz, chief operating officer, Excell Partners; Yosef Kilimnick, medical director, 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; and Martin Spokony, director, Talent Acquisition, Aspen Dental Management Inc.