Dov Wilker, who grew up in River Vale, attended the Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, and graduated from Pascack Valley High School, was named a Wexner Field Fellow. The son of Simone and the late Bernie Wilker, of Washington Township, Mr. Wilker was among a group of 15 chosen from a field of almost 300 applicants. This is the fifth cohort the three-year leadership development program for Jewish communal professionals.
The Wexner Field Fellowship provides opportunities for professional growth to promising Jewish professionals who plan to continue to pursue careers as professional leaders in the North American Jewish community.
Dov Wilker has been the regional director of AJC Atlanta since 2011, and he’s been AJC’s national director for Black-Jewish relations since 2018. Active in the community, Mr. Wilker is on the LEAD Atlanta Alumni board, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Georgia Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Council for the Atlanta Ballet, and he is a member of the Grady Hospital Ambassador’s program.
Through the professional development program, Field Fellows will participate in six cohort-based institutes (or the virtual equivalents) on leadership and Jewish issues with skilled leadership teachers and peer Jewish educators; receive one-on-one professional coaching and Jewish learning, along with access to funds to be used for customized professional development opportunities. They will become part of the Wexner Foundation’s network of 3,000 professional and volunteer leaders in the North American Jewish community and in Israel.
Mr. Wilker made aliyah and earned his international MBA from Tel Aviv University, which led to a job with an Israeli software start-up. He began his career with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the southeastern United States and previously served as AJC Atlanta’s assistant director. He has been recognized as a “40 under 40” by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Jewish Times and was honored with the Asian American Heritage Foundation’s Distinguished Community Service award.
Mr. Wilker is married to Julie Jacobson and they have two daughters