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Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards

Innovation and Collaboration Awards


The Innovation and Collaboration Awards are an 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 award types are given each year, each to individuals representing two or more organizations working together on behalf of the Jewish community:

  • One award highlights projects of Spertus Institute alumni (of any program).
  • One award highlights any Greater Chicago area projects.  

Application deadline is March 1. APPLY NOW

Awards will be presented at Jewish Community Networking Night on April 19, 2018. Winning projects will be featured in publicity and media materials. 


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) 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 and collaboration awards