Creating Intentional and Collaborative Space:
Lessons from a Jewish Coworking Community

May 17 | 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EST



Join us to learn how an intentional and mission-driven space can foster collaboration and innovation. Hear from Director Irene Lehrer Sandalow about the creation and mission of Sketchpad, Chicago’s Jewish Innovation Space. Whether you’re interested in creating your own coworking community or how to create a collaborative and innovative culture in your current workplace, you will leave this conversation inspired with new insights and ideas.

SketchPad is Chicago’s Jewish Innovation Space. It is a shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs. SketchPad energizes and strengthens an open Chicago Jewish community by promoting collaboration and innovation for Jewish nonprofit organizations and professionals. SketchPad provides a coworking space and programming that stimulates cross-fertilization of ideas, further invigorating our communal landscape.


Irene Lehrer Sandalow has worked in the Jewish nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She has expertise in coalition building, project management, strategic planning, curriculum development, community education, outreach, and organizing. Most recently, Irene was the Chicago Senior Project Manager of URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution which facilitates a change process among congregations to generate new ideas and modalities of meaningful celebrations of b’nai mitzvah. Prior to that, Irene founded the Parent to Parent Initiative at The Jewish Education Project promoting parent leadership in Jewish day schools in New York. From 2006-2012, Irene worked at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) where she educated, mobilized, and organized members of the Jewish community in local and national social justice campaigns. Irene now serves on the board of directors for JCUA and SVARA.

Irene’s writings have appeared in eJewish Philanthropy, ZEEK: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Journal for Jewish Communal Service, and Sh’ma: a Journal for Jewish Ideas. She and her husband, Dr. Nathan Sandalow, are the proud parents of Eli, Abe, and Chananya (Henry) current (and future) students at the Chicago Jewish Day School.