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Spertus recognized in Slingshot Guide 2018

Spertus recognized in Slingshot Guide 2018

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership named a top 50 innovator among Jewish organizations across North America

The Slingshot Guide highlights the best of today's thriving, diverse Jewish nonprofit sector.

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership has been named one of North America’s top 50 Jewish organizational innovators in the thirteenth annual Slingshot Guide. The Guide is a sought-after resource for volunteers, activists, and donors looking for innovative projects that foster relevance and vibrancy in the Jewish communities they serve.

The Center for Jewish Leadership was selected from among hundreds of finalists whose applications were reviewed by more than 100 experts in grant-making and Jewish communal life. The Slingshot Guide references the Center's grounding in the belief that "great Jewish communities need great leaders" and its mission "to transform Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership." It refers to the Center for Jewish Leadership as the “premier Jewish leadership training center for the professionals and lay leaders of Jewish organizations," ascribing its success to local, national, and international programs that offer degrees and certificates as well as thought leadership symposia, projects that foster institutional collaboration, a lay leadership academy, capacity-building workshops, and mentorship opportunities. About the Center, Slingshot says "its alumni will be the next generation of leading thinkers who will transform Jewish life professionally."  

Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approaches, the impact of their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. These organizations are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and responding to the needs of individuals and communities — both within and beyond the Jewish world. Spertus Institute is proud to have its Center for Jewish Leadership among the 50 organizations honored for meeting those standards.

Stefanie Rhodes, Executive Director of Slingshot, said: “Slingshot’s work is to help Jews find, fund, and connect to meaningful, exciting experiences in Jewish life. We are proud to highlight organizations doing exceptional work, serving as trailblazers for what is possible, meeting communities’ evolving needs, and inspiring all of us. Whether we look to the guide for funding ideas, best practices, or trends in Jewish life, it remains a resource for all of us, providing new tools and optimism for our collective future. We would like to thank our generous partners for helping support the Chicago edition of Slingshot 2018 — The Crown Family Philanthropies and the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund.”

Sarah Rueven, Slingshot’s board chair, agreed, "We are excited to highlight the work of organizations that strengthen Jewish life by rising to the challenges of the day and making our community more relevant to our generation. We are inspired by projects that help people connect to Jewish life in ways that both feel both fresh and relevant, while honoring our traditions. Readers will learn about valuable new projects and gain a deeper insight into the emerging needs in Jewish life, as identified by our community's top leaders.”

Being listed in the Guide is often an important way for selected organizations to attain additional funding and expand the reach of their work, as the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways.

Spertus Institute’s Tal Rosen said, “We are thrilled to have the innovative work of our Center for Jewish Leadership included in Slingshot's 2018 Chicago guide. We are proud to be recognized with a group of fellow entrepreneurial organizations whose work is at the forefront of Jewish innovation. And we are especially pleased that professionals and volunteers from many of these organizations have participated in Center for Jewish Leadership programs!”

To learn more about the Center for Jewish leadership, visit or contact Tal Rosen at

Monday, June 4, 2018

About the Slingshot Guide

The Slingshot Guide, now in its thirteenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs, and projects in North America.

The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact, and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community, including how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences.

In addition to its print publication, each edition is available as a free download at, where you can learn more about Slingshot’s work and their strategies for the future.