Jun 13, 2007 — Three YU alumni are among the 20 outstanding young graduates chosen this year for Wexner Foundation Grauate Study Fellowships.
The fellowship program was established by Jewish philanthropists Leslie and Abigail Wexner to encourage promising candidates to meet the challenges of professional Jewish leadership in the North American Jewish community.
Moshe Goldfeder ’07Y, Sharon Weiss ’03S, AG, and Avi Narrow-Tilonsky ’06Y have been awarded the prestigious fellowships, which provide a stipend for students toward graduate studies in Jewish education, Jewish communal leadership, the rabbinate, the cantorate, and Jewish studies.
Goldfeder enters the semikhah [ordination] program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) this fall as well as Fordham University Law School as a first-year law student; Weiss begins doctoral studies in education and Jewish studies at New York University; and Narrow-Tilonsky, a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Jewish Future until this summer, enters RIETS as well as Baruch College-The City University of New York to study for a master’s in public administration.
Eitan Ben-David, a graduate of Columbia University, also won a fellowship to study at RIETS and New York University.
The Wexner Foundation was established in 1984 by businessman Leslie Wexner, who founded The Limited, Inc. (now Limited Brands). Alumni of its programs serve in leadership roles throughout the Jewish community and benefit from an extensive alumni network linking them to nearly 2,000 North American and Israeli leaders.
Goldfeder said, “I am honored at the responsibility before me—to realize my dreams and to represent YU and its dreams to the broader Jewish world.”