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Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

The Innovation & Collaboration Awards recognize 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 & Collaboration Awards are presented for projects, programs, or services that reach across institutions to serve the greater Chicago Jewish community.

The application deadline is past for this year. 

Awards will be presented at Jewish Community Networking Night on April 2, 2019. Winning projects will be featured in publicity and media materials.

Thank you to Gould & Ratner LLP for their
sponsorship of the Innovation & Collaboration Awards.

Gould & Ratner LLP


Previous Years' Recipients

Spertus Institute Innovation Awards 2018Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean Phillip Bell with 2018 award recipients SketchPad Director Irene Lehrer Sandalow, JCUA Director Judy Levey, Lani Hart of Giving Tree, ELI Talks Director Mary Otts-Rubinstein, and Susan Horowitz of Mishkan Chicago.

2018 Awardees

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

2017 Awardees

Chicago's Jewish Child and Family Services and Synagogue Federation Commission (JUF) for the Synagogue Inclusion Education and Engagement Project

Kahal and The Hillels of Illinois for the Study Abroad Initiative  

2016 Awardees

JCC Chicago and CJE SeniorLife for the Parkinson's Wellness Project

Jewish Children and Family Services and Jewish Women's Foundation for the Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions (JCARES)

2015 Awardees

Mishkan Chicago and Svara for the Bet Midrash Project

Keshet and Association of Independent Jewish Camps for the Inclusion Program for Campers with Special Needs

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

Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and
volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and gain
the expertise to foster a vibrant
Jewish future. Offerings include: 

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish leadership series
  • Annual leadership symposium
  • Innovation & collaboration awards