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Innovation Award

Innovation Award

Innovation & Collaboration Awards

The Innovation Award recognizes Jewish communal professionals and the organizations they serve. Presented by Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership.

With the goal of encouraging collaboration across the Jewish communal landscape, the Innovation Award is presented for projects, programs, or services that reach across institutions to serve the greater Chicago Jewish community. 

Thank you to Gould & Ratner LLP for their continued sponsorship.


Innovation Award recipients
From left: Mary Rubenstein of ELI Talks with Ilana Bley of Gould & Ratner LLP, Spring 2019. Photo by Joe Mazza-Brave Lux. | The late Mark Leipold, who championed Gould & Ratner's sponsorship of the Innovation Award, with SketchPad Director Irene Lehrer Sandalows, Andrew Silver from Gould & Ratner, and Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell, 2018. Photo by Dan Rest. 

Previous Awardees

Spring 2019 | ELI Talks, for creating a platform to share Jewish ideas through digital media

2018 | SketchPad, Chicago's Innovation Space, for creating a shared workspace for mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs

2017 | Chicago's Jewish Child and Family Services and Synagogue Federation Commission (JUF) for the Synagogue Inclusion Education and Engagement Project and Kahal and The Hillels of Illinois for the Study Abroad Initiative  

2016 | JCC Chicago and CJE SeniorLife for the Parkinson's Wellness Project and Jewish Children and Family Services and Jewish Women's Foundation for the Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions (JCARES)

2015 | Mishkan Chicago and Svara for the Bet Midrash Project and Keshet and Association of Independent Jewish Camps for the Inclusion Program for Campers with Special Needs

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership

For professionals and volunteers who work with Jewish organizations worldwide, the Center for Jewish Leadership presents opportunities to learn new skills, cultivate your talents, broaden your network, and gain the expertise you need to foster a vibrant Jewish future. Learn more >

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.