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Jewish Professional Studies

Jewish Professional Studies

Chris Herman, MAJPS Graduate

21st-Century Jewish Community Leader Chris Herman (above) is now Coordinator of Pittsburgh's Diller Teen Fellows Program, an international leadership experience for Jewish teens.

He developed his leadership skills through Spertus Institute's Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program, a world-class, career-boosting Jewish educational opportunity. First piloted in Chicago in 2008, the MAJPS program is specifically designed to advance the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community. 

The program has proven to be so influencial for graduates and the organizations they serve that the program is now sought after by Jewish communities worldwide. Today, citywide cohorts are being offered around the US and national cohorts are underway in Canada and Israel.

Do you work for a Jewish organization? Want to work in the Jewish community? Have staff members who deserve an opportunity to grow as Jewish professionals? The next Chicago MAJPS cohort begins this fall.

Applications being accepted now

Fellowships are available for select students
who begin the program this fall!

With the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is, in specific cases, able to provide scholarships — called Midcareer Fellowships — to qualified students beginning the MAJPS program this fall. Fellows receive a tuition reduction of 45% bringing the cost of the entire program to just over $9,000.

See if you qualify>

Next Steps

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Applications now being accepted for the Fall 2015 Chicago cohort.

Midcareer Fellowships

Fellowships Available
For This Cohort 

This fall, with the generous support of an outside donor, Spertus Institute is able to offer substantial scholarships — called Midcareer Fellowships — to incoming MAJPS students who meet specific criteria, including employment with a Jewish agency or organization.
See if you qualify>

Interested in learning more?

Contact Director of Enrollment Stacey Flint, who will meet you to discuss your goals and share how the Spertus MAJPS program can accelerate your career or empower your staff. Reach her at or 312.322.1707.

Characteristics of Spertus Institute Degree Programs

  • Non-traditional programs geared toward busy, working adults
  • Emphasis on application of learning
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Program support through expert library resource assistance and academic advising

Mazel Tov

These alumni have recently taken on important new roles.

Rachel Cort, Spertus Institute AlumRachel Cort (above) accepted a new position as Managing Director of Mishkan ChicagoJoshua Donner (from our Pittsburgh cohort) is now Executive Director of the David S. and Karen A. Sharpira Foundation. We look forward to working with them in their new positions!

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