The Ideas Incubator

The Ideas Incubator aims to inspire and expand the ecology of Jewish education in greater Chicago. We are here to support Chicago Jewish professionals by offering a multitude of professional development opportunities. Each experience will offer a new paradigm of thinking and innovative ways to enhance you personally and professionally.

Incubator Workshops

Each workshop brings together educators and leaders from supplementary schools, camps, synagogues, community organizations, and youth groups from across the denominational and organizational landscape in greater Chicago. These workshops will introduce high-level learning from leading educational innovators, theorists, and practitioners. Over the last 4 years, these events have been the core of the Incubator's activity, and are highly desired by Chicago area Jewish educators.

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Next up: A Conversation with Ayelet Gundar Goshen

NOVEMBER 19, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm at The iCenter | RSVP

Join us in conversation with critically-acclaimed Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen as we explore themes and values through Israeli literature and art. During this experience, she will highlight her two most recent novels, followed by a robust conversation:

Liar explores the psyche of a young girl who falsely accuses a man of sexual assault. Using narrative propulsion, Gundar-Goshen explores the very nature of deceit, lies that we tell ourselves and others, and the grim consequences of fake news.

In Waking Lions, after one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation. This acclaimed novel is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire.

Reviews for Liar, Ayelet's Newest Novel 

Kirkus, Starred Review
Booklist, Starred Review
Jewish Week, Fall Arts Guide
Hey Alma, Interview
People Magazine, Review
Shelf Awareness, New Books List
Seattle Times, Recommended Reading
USA Today, Recommended Reading

A Few Top Reviews for Waking Lions

NY Times, Book Review
The Wall Street Journal, Life and Arts 
National Public Radio's "Fresh Air", Maureen Corrigan, Arts and Life

Click here for more information about Ayelet Gundar Goshen

2nd Story

JANUARY 30, 2020

Join us for an interactive storytelling workshop with the innovative and creative team at 2nd Story. 2nd Story is dedicated to creating and crafting story-sharing experiences that foster meaningful connections between individuals and communities in the workplace. 

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MARCH 19, 2020

Join us for this interactive experience that will offer you language and equip you with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, and create spaces for all people to feel seen and valued.

Click here for more information about Keshet


MAY 2020

Amplifier envisions a world where everyone has the opportunity to create positive, powerful change through collaborative giving. Join us for a taste of a collaborative giving circle as a new entry point to empower you in your personal and professional life.

Click here for more information about Amplifier