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Memorial Foundation Board Briefings - Recent News September 2012

September 10, 2012


The 25th Anniversary of the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship

The Foundation is this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship.

During that time the Foundation has organized twenty-four Fellowship programs and five mini Fellowships in Eastern and Western Europe, South America, Australia, Asia, South Africa, Israel and North America. More than 800 young men and women have been identified and trained in this program for leadership positions - communal, cultural, and professional - in Jewish communities around the world.

What we have successfully achieved in the last twenty-five years is creating a microcosm of Klal Yisrael that works. It comprises Fellows from Jewish communities, large and small, on six continents, representatives from all the religious denominations as well as secular Jews, both lay and professional leaders and representatives of the political right and left.

Our programmatic goals for the Fellowship have been the individual redefinition and growth of the Fellows as Jews and potential leaders, developing in them a sense of Klal Yisrael, motivating them and helping them develop the skills to build Jewish communities in the spirit of Klal Yisrael, engaging in collective action with other alumni and their peers when they return to their communities, and finally, distilling the collective wisdom that inheres in the Fellowship and making it available to the Jewish community, locally and globally.

There are two guiding principles responsible for the success of this program. Firstly, the central core of the Fellowship is the Fellows themselves. The Foundation provides a context and framework for the Fellows but they give shape and substance to the program.

Even more critical is that the Foundation has no overt agenda - political, Zionist, religious or ideological for the Fellowship. As mature adults, the Fellows are given the opportunity to decide for themselves the path and vision they wish to pursue when they return to their communities.

The attached document, the Foundation's 25th Anniversary Report of the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship, will provide you with a much fuller and comprehensive report of what we have accomplished in the past quarter century.

We would be appreciative to learn your reactions to, and comments about, this report.

With best wishes to you for a New Year of peace and good health.
Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jerry Hochbaum
Executive Vice President