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Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Application Deadline for this year is March 1, 2018


Awards will be presented at Jewish Community Networking Night on April 19.


A initiative for Jewish communal professionals from the Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute.

With the goal of encouraging collaboration across the Jewish communal landscape, the Innovation and Collaboration Awards are presented to professionals and organizations offering programs or services that reach across institutions to serve the greater Chicago Jewish community.

Two awards are given each year. One highlights the work of alumni of any of Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership offerings. The other accepts any area applicants. 


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

Gould & Ratner LLP

Past Years' Award Recipients 

2017 Awardees

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

Kahal and The Hillels of Illinois
Study Abroad Initiative  

2016 Awardees

JCC Chicago and CJE SeniorLife 
Parkinson's Wellness Project

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

2015 Awardees

Mishkan Chicago and Svara 
Bet Midrash Project

Keshet and Association of Independent Jewish Camps
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 and collaboration awards