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Center for Jewish Leadership

Center for Jewish Leadership

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great leaders, the mission of the Center for Jewish Leadership (CJL) is to transform Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership and enhancing the abilities of Jewish professionals and lay leaders.

New opportunities for leadership development are designed to strengthen the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future Jewish leaders, magnifying the vibrancy of their communities and advancing the missions of the organizations they serve.

Programs offered through the CJL provide participants with a unique and holistic approach to Jewish leadership that seamlessly integrates deeper understanding of Jewish life, culture, and history with insights and best practices from the worlds of business and nonprofit leadership.

In Chicago


We also work with professionals and lay leaders outside the Chicago area, serving Jewish communities from Milwaukee to Montreal to Tel Aviv with programs customized to their region's needs. Contact Tal Rosen at or 312.322.1711 to learn more.

The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants
from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Video at left

Spertus President and CEO
Dr. Hal M. Lewis explains why we
need a Center for Jewish Leadership.
(Video courtesy of Kendra Gerstein.)

Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and
volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and gain
the expertise to foster a vibrant
Jewish future. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish Leaders on Leadership series
  • An annual leadership symposium
  • Community mentoring
  • Innovation and collaboration awards