Tom Wexelberg-Clouser has retired as a major gifts director for the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) after nearly 27 years.
Wexelberg-Clouser came to Detroit in 1983 to work for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as a planning associate and then campaign associate. In 1991, he became the director of JTS’ Great Lakes and Canada region.
During his tenure with JTS, Wexelberg-Clouser, 68, of Oak Park, developed a partnership with the late Bill Davidson that led to the founding of the William Davidson School for Jewish Education in 1996 with the largest gift the seminary had received for Jewish education. Wexelberg-Clouser also participated in the development of the David and Inez Meyers Rabbinical School Leadership Program.
In 1999, he secured several important pieces from JTS for an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Art on Treasures of Jewish Cultural Heritage, including a letter from Moses Maimonides and a Haggadah printed in 1350.
“I have been blessed to work with incredible supporters, including the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation; the Shiffman, Hermelin, Graham families in Detroit; the Gross family in Cleveland; Harold Wolfe and the Tanenbaum family in Toronto; the late George and Renee Levine and the Melton Foundation in Columbus; and the Feldman family in Dallas,” Wexelberg-Clouser said.
In retirement, Wexelberg-Clouser and his wife, Sheyna, a hospice social worker, plan to spend more time in New York City where their daughters, Adina Chava “Chavie” Lescher, 32, and Rena, 30, live. He’d also like to explore study opportunities in Detroit and Israel and learn Italian.