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The Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies is a unique year-long program for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years professional experience. Participants learn to leverage opportunity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees, and lead through times of change.
The program is offered in a small-group cohort providing participants a network of fellow executives from across North America. It is taught by some of the most effective and creative faculty working today in the Jewish community and beyond.
Designed for busy professionals, the program combines seminars and online courses with executive coaching and a capstone project relating to each participant's own organization or agency. It can be completed in just 12 months, because experience counts for the equivalent of one year of graduate credit.
Begins June 4, 2017.
Deadline for preferred admission is March 31, 2016.
For a limited time, tuition is only $6,500, because generous fellowships cover 65% of the total cost for professionals working full-time in the Jewish community.
Separate scholarship funds are available for executives looking to transition to Jewish communal work.
Why This Program
- Arms Jewish professionals with executive knowledge and skills, expanding career opportunities
- Fosters a culture of executive development essential for successful, vibrant, and growing Jewish communities
- Focuses on leadership evaluation and development in key areas that are vital for successful Jewish leadership in the 21st century
- Provides a community of practice through a cohort of senior-level professionals
- Produces experienced Jewish leaders ready to conquer today's challenges
Leadership Skills Assessment
Core Curriculum Taught in Six Modules by Leading Faculty
This American Jewish Life
Seminar June 4-5, 2017
Taught by Dr. Steven M. Cohen
Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University
The Role of Israel in Jewish Life
Seminar August 6-8, 2017
Taught by Dr. Rachel Fish
Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Jewish Studies for Jewish Executives
Synchronous Online Course October 18, November 1 and 15, 2017
Taught by Dr. Dean P. Bell
Spertus Institute Provost, Vice President, and Professor of Jewish Studies
Working with Constituents
Seminar January 2018 (Specific dates to come)
Taught by Dr. Barry Chazan
Founding Director of Spertus Institute MAJPS Program and Professor of Jewish Education
Leading People Through Change
Seminar March 2018 (Specific dates to come)
Taught by Dr. Russ Rogers
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, School for New Learning, DePaul University
Becoming an Effective Jewish Leader
Seminar Course June 2018 (Specific dates to come)
Taught by Dr. Hal M. Lewis
Spertus Institute President, Chief Executive Officer, and Professor of Jewish Leadership
Coaches for current students include:
- Laura Kaufman, CEO, Partners in Effective Philanthropy
- Russ Rogers, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, New School for Learning DePaul University
- Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher, Jewish Week
- Jeffrey Solomon, President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
- Stefan Teodosic, Executive Director, Beber Camp, Perlman Camp and Perlman Retreat Center
- Gary Weinstein, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (Retired)
- Amy Wishnick, Principle, Wishnick and Associates
- Caren Yanis, Consultant and Past President, Crown Family Philanthropies, Former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundations
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