Zev Nagel of Los Angeles Awarded Prestigious Wexner Fellowship

Jun 26, 2008 — Yeshiva University (YU) alumnus, Zev Nagel ’05YC of Los Angeles, CA has been selected to receive a prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship this year. The fellowship program is open to aspiring Jewish leaders pursuing careers in Jewish education, the rabbinate, cantorate, and Jewish professional leadership. The Wexner Foundation introduced the program in 1988 to encourage the development of promising leaders in the North American Jewish community through graduate training, professional mentoring and specialized programming.

Of the 20 exceptional candidates chosen for the prestigious Wexner Fellowship, four are YU graduates. Aside from Mr. Nagel, they include Erin Cooper ’08SCW, Noah Cheses ’08YC, and Ari Gordon ’05YC – each of whom will receive an annual stipend of $20,000.

“The four Yeshiva University graduates selected are exceptional people who have exhibited great talent and maturity,” said Or Mars, director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. “They have articulated a deep love of the Jewish people and have cogent visions for how they will effect change in the Jewish world. They are going to be a valuable asset to the program.”

For the past two years Mr. Nagel has served as the speechwriter for Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, and the Israeli delegation to the UN. His long-term goal is to be involved in the political leadership of the Jewish community, working internally and externally to bolster Jewish life. This fall, Mr. Nagel will begin studying for his masters of arts in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.

“Without a doubt, it was Yeshiva University that turned me into an activist,” said Mr. Nagel, who served as the editor-in-chief of The Commentator, Yeshiva College’s student newspaper. “YU provided me with my first major leadership opportunities. I am incredibly indebted to YU for providing me with a college education that had relevance and meaning beyond the classroom.”

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools –– Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business ––– offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts, science, math and business courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.

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