Jun 13, 2007 — Moshe Goldfeder, Sharon Weiss, Avi Narrow-Tilonsky, and Eitan Ben-David have been awarded Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowships.

The prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program was established in 1988 by the Wexner Foundation ( to encourage promising candidates to successfully meet the challenges of professional Jewish leadership in the North American Jewish community. Wexner Graduate Fellowships are awarded to 20 outstanding individuals who seek to prepare themselves through graduate training for careers in Jewish education, Jewish communal leadership, the Rabbinate, the Cantorate, and Jewish studies. By providing a stipend for students, the Wexner Foundation helps to alleviate some of the financial burden so that students can concentrate on their studies.

Mr. Goldfeder will begin the semikha program at the YU affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) beginning this fall, and will also attend Fordham University Law School as a first-year law student; Ms. Weiss, a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women (SCW) and Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration will begin doctoral studies in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University (NYU); Mr. Narrow-Tilonsky, who graduated YU in 2006 and is finishing up a Presidential Fellowship at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will enter REITS as well as Bernard M. Baruch College to study for a masters degree in public administration;

“I am grateful to have an organization as intellectually vibrant and influential as the Wexner Foundation behind me to help turn my dreams into reality. As an incoming Fellow, I am both honored and humbled at the responsibility before me – to realize my own dreams, and also to represent YU and its dreams to the broader Jewish world,” Moshe Goldfeder said.

Sharon Weiss’ passion for education and her commitment to the Jewish community have inspired her to pursue a demanding career. “People often complain that those who dedicate themselves to the Jewish community and to Jewish education don’t receive enough recognition. I’m grateful that the Wexner family is committed to recognizing these people and to assisting them financially and practically.”

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