The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is the largest annual gathering of Jewish community visionaries and catalyzers of change in North America.

This annual convening is just what it sounds like: a Collaborative Laboratory, where a unique cross-section of leaders, ventures, and philanthropists come together to ignite new thinking and seed game-changing collaborations that move the needle on our community’s biggest challenges. The Collaboratory is the only space where this network can support each other in opening up new possibilities, spurring Jewish life to take bold leaps into the future.

We will be canceling The Collaboratory as an in-person convening. Since our last communication about this possibility, much has changed. Gatherings should now be restricted to no more than 10 people. Network members are being pulled in many directions as you try to balance taking care of loved ones with mission-driven work and the emerging realities of the virus’ impact. Our priority is always keeping our network, team, and community safe. Canceling this year’s in-person convening was the obvious decision.

The Collaboratory has always been a place for our network to ignite new thinking and seed collaborations to address our community’s biggest challenges. We are aware that this year’s theme, “Break Through Together,” is increasingly relevant. We are all trying to figure out what it means to be “together” in an era of social distancing, and to “break through” in the face of so much uncertainty. We know that this network is a powerful space to tackle these questions, and to provide the ideas and support we need as we navigate this together.

The Collaboratory team is exploring ways to bring the convening to you virtually and in a way that is most meaningful for this moment. We are doing this through the same thoughtful (yet expedited) Research & Design process we used to develop the in-person agenda, and we will keep you posted as plans develop. If you have ideas for the best way to leverage virtual time together, please email We want to hear from you.

We want to thank everyone who committed their time, talent, and resources towards the in-person convening. This includes our talented team of program designers and conference planning wizards; the network members and presenters who stepped up to share their expertise in sessions; and the sponsors, Host Committee members, and funders who made this convening possible. Thank you so much.

You’ll hear more from us soon. Until then, please reach out to each other, your neighbors, and your immediate and far-flung communities to give and receive support; to share ideas for making it through this time; and to imagine new ways for remaining connected as we navigate this uncharted territory together.

Thank you,

The Collaboratory Team