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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-22

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Friday, May 22, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Wexner Foundation
To nain Leaders

Leslie Wexner of Colum-
bus, Ohio, who built a small
family clothing store into The
Limited, Inc., the world's
largest retail apparel chain,
wants to do for American
Jewish life what he did for
his business: attract the best
and the brightest to ensure
success.(JTA) — The 49-
year-old billionaire busi-
nessman this week an-
nounced the first major
philanthropic program of his
Wexner Foundation, a mul-
timillion dollar institute
whose goal is to strengthen
Jewish life in the U.S. The
program will target "the
crisis facing our most impor-
tant Jewish institutions in
their struggle to attract, sup-
port and retain the very
highest calibre of professional
leadership," according to a
spokesman.
Attention will be focused
on three critical groups: rab-
bis, communal professionals
and educators. The founda-
tion will begin a series of
programs to attract gifted
young men and women to
commit themselves to careers
of professional service, to im-
prove the training of these
professional leaders, to retain
outstanding practitioners
within the profession, and to
enhance the performance
level of those in the field.
The president of the Foun-
dation is Rabbi Maurice Cor-
son, and the advisory board
will be chaired by Dr. Henry
Rosovsky, a Harvard
economist. Robert Hiller,
former executive vice
president of the Council of
Jewish Federations, will
chair the institutional grants
committee.
The new program calls for
up to $4 million in grants the
first year to various institu-
tions, including universities
and theological schools, to
enrich curriculum. The aid
will also provide fellowships
for graduate studies in the
rabbinate, for Jewish com-
munal service and Jewish
education. The intention is to
make the new fellowships as
prestigious as the Woodrow
Wilson Fellowships.
Wexner, who has given
some $25 million through his
foundation, which has assets
of $100 million, said he was
shocked to discover how few
people want to enter the rab-
binate. "In sheer numbers,
the future leaders are not
there. I wonder about the fu-
ture and about our leader-
ship, in terms of having the
best, the brightest and the
most insightful.
"My experience in busi-

Les Wexner:
"I wanted to return something
to the community."

ness," he continued, "has con-
sistently shown me the key to
success in any endeavor is to
have the best possible lead-
ers."

Rabbis Urge
Divorcees
To Get 'Gets'

New York (JTA) — The
New York Board of Rabbis
last Monday unanimously ap-
proved a resolution calling on
its members representing
every trend in Judaism in the
U.S. to encourage their con-
gregants, in the event of civil
divorce, to obtain a Jewish
divorce, a "get."
The resolution was drafted
by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein,
Board president, and its ap-
proval is believed to be the
first such action ever taken
by a major rabbinic group
comprising Orthodox, Con-
servative, Reform and Re-
constructionist rabbis.
The resolution states: "On
moral and humanitarian
grounds, we find it abhorrent
when one spouse refuses to
participate in the 'get' process
after a civil divorce and when
the other spouse desires a
`get:" The measure urges all
rabbis and congregations and
the entire community "to
deny all privileges of member-
ship to a person who holds
another Jew captive in such
a manner?'
The resolution recommends
that the rabbis urge all
couples to sign a prenuptial
agreement pledging both
partners to cooperate in ar-
ranging for a "get" before a
rabbinic tribunal should their
marriage terminate.

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