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Alumni Portal Spotlight
Alumni Portal Spotlight
Spotlight on Spertus Alumni
Spertus Institute alumni are doing inspiring work all over the world.
They are executives, educators, and entrepreneurs; social workers and advocates for social justice; faith leaders, fundraisers, philanthropists, and more — within and beyond the Jewish community. We are proud to share examples of the value they bring to the organizations and communities they serve.
Making Camp Accessible to All
Pictured above are Spertus Certificate in Jewish Leadership graduate Deb Weiner (who was then working at Keshet, a lauded Chicago-based organization that serves individuals with disabilities) and Harrell Wittenstein (Executive Director of the Association of Independent Jewish Camps). Together they piloted a project establishing integrated programs for campers with special needs, for which they received Spertus Institute's Innovation and Collaboration Award, an award for projects that foster a community of practice among area organizations. Funded with a grant from the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, their initiative combines consultations, camp visits, staff training, support calls, and camper intake. “When done correctly, inclusion is mutually beneficial for both the special needs camper and the typically developing camper," said Abbie Weisberg, Executive Director of Keshet, herself a proud Spertus aluma (MS in Nonprofit Management, Class of 2006).
It is our pleasure to recognize alumni with recent promotions and new positions:
- Ali Terkel, MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Senior Associate for AJC ACCESS Global
- Stella Beili, MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Manager of Strategy and Development for the RSJ (Russian-Speaking Jewry), Jewish Agency for Israel
- Max Dayan, MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Director of Development, NCSY Chicago
- Brad Sugar, MA in Jewish Professional Studies Chicago, Class of 2010, to Senior Development Executive, American Friends of Hebrew University
- Micky Baer, Certificate in Jewish Leadership, to Director of North Shore Operations, Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS)
- Deb Weiner, Certificate in Jewish Leadership, to Director of Annual Giving, Alpha Epsilon Pi
- Karen Martin, MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Chicago Class of 2014, to Assistant Director, Metro Chicago Hillel
- Rachel Roth, MA in Jewish Professional Studies, Chicago Class of 2015, to Chief Operating Officer, American Conference of Cantors
- Jimmy Male, MS in Nonprofit Management, Class of 2015, to Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Dianna Clegg, MS in Nonprofit Management, Class of 1996, to Executive Director, Erasing the Distance
- Anita Silvert, MA in Jewish Education, to Director of Enrollment Management, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership