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Jewish Community Networking Night

Jewish Community Networking Night

Chicago Jewish Community Networking Night

What happens when you bring together
people from all the organizations
that serve Jewish Chicago?

On April 21, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership was privileged to host a special evening for those who work for and with the many important organizations that serve Jewish Chicago. We networked with colleagues, recognized innovation and collaboration, and awarded leadership. Most importantly, together we learned and discussed ways to ensure the future vibrancy of our community. To those who were able to join us, thank you.

Spertus Institute

The topic for the evening was leadership, particularly consideration of this recent finding:

Did you know?
The vast majority of Jewish nonprofits — 75% to
90% by some estimates — must find new executive
leadership in the next 5-7 years. Yet many
organizations don't yet have the capacity or
expertise to cultivate the necessary talent. 
— The Leadership Pipelines Initiative 2014

Listen to audio from the program

To help us frame the conversation, we enjoyed a rare opportunity to hear David Edell, who joined us from Development Resource Group (DRG) in New York. Here are some questions and comments to consider for the future:

For futher discussion
What qualities do our next generation of
organizational leaders need? 

Does your organization have a staff member
(or members!) qualified to be the next CEO?

How do Jewish organizations attract and
retain talent?

How do we make the Jewish community a
great place to work?

Favorite quotes from the evening
"Competence and character are not substitutes
for each other."
Dr. Hal M. Lewis

"[Organizational] culture eats strategy for breakfast."
— David Edell

Atendees of Jewish community networking night

Top group of photos above, left to right: Aleeza Lubin, BBYO, and Leslie Rosen Stern, Meeting Your Mission. Tal Rosen, Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute with Ali Drumm, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, and Sam Rodin. Cindy Sher, JUF News, and Gali Cooks, The Leadership Pipelines Alliance. Aleeza and Ali are recipients of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership. Ali and Sam are graduates of the Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies.

Photos immediately above, left to right: Beth Greenberg, Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking, with Einav Zohar, Response, JCFS. Rabbi Scott Aaron, Community Foundation for Jewish Education, with Paula Harris, JUF, and Richard Juran, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Israel Office. Max Dayan, The Libenu Foundation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Jointly sponsored by Spertus Institute and Northwestern University, this prestigious program  prepares leaders to have maximal impact on the organizations they serve.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership Recipients
We congratulate certificate recipients from the third Chicago cohort (above, left to right) on their achievement.

Debra Weiner 
Associate Director, Donor Relations and Marketing, Keshet

Rabbi Zev Kahn
Executive Director, Jewish Education Team

Aleeza Lubin
Director of Jewish Enrichment, BBYO

Anne Greenstein
Executive Vice President of the Board, Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago and Trustee, Institute for Jewish Spirituality and Quest Academy

Issac Brubaker
Day and Overnight Camp Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services — Camp Henry Horner

Peter Bensinger, Jr. 
Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott LLP and Trustee, Spertus Institute, Lurie Children's Research Institute, and Chicago Sinai Congregation

Becky Adelberg 
Manager of JCC 20s and 30s and JCC PresenTense, JCC of Chicago

Steven Dishler (not pictured)
Director of International Affairs, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicagoland

Lora Zygman (not pictured)
Assistant Project Manager, Hebrew Union College

The next Chicago cohort begins Fall 2015. Find out more>

Rabbi Lizzi Heydeman, Tal Rosen, Rachel Cort, Ellie Spitz

We also congratulate the recipients of the first Innovation and Collaboration Awards. Photo above, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Rachel Cort, and Ellie Spitz of Mishkan Chicago and Svara were recognized for their collaborative Bet Midrash project. (They are shown with Tal Rosen, Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute.)

Below: Deb Weiner and Harrell Wittenstein of Keshet and AIJC were recognized for their pilot project focused on making camp an inclusive and integrated environment. 

Deb Weiner. Harrell Wittenstein

We look forward to making the Innovation and Collaboration Awards an annual tradition and hope these partnerships serve as models for future collaborations.