Lifelong Chicagoan Jerry Witkovsky (MSW, University of Illinois) has been a beloved mentor to thousands of individuals and generations of families. This is thanks to 47 years of professional leadership – 18 of them, as General Director – of Chicago’s Jewish Community Centers.
MOST EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT CEO
In 1995, Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine named Jerry named one of the city’s “Most Effective Nonprofit CEOs”.
AUTHOR AND GRANDPARENTING ACTIVIST
Since retiring in 1997, Jerry focused his considerable energies on grandparenting. He loves to help multigenerational families work (and play) together to create a rich family life.
GRANDPARENTS IN THE SCHOOLS
He spearheads annual orientation programs for grandparents in a growing roster of Chicago public and private high schools. Programs are designed to keep grandparents engaged with their grandkids during the crucial teen years.
His joyful commitment to his six grandchildren and one great grandchild, and to their parents (aka his adult children) and his passionate belief in the transformative power of becoming a “Teaching-and-Learning” family, is at the heart of his book, The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection. He takes those ideas a step further and adds a prescription for action in the Grandparent Connection School Kit.