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Letter from the President — Fall 2015

August 3, 2015

There is something powerful about regularly articulating a sense of appreciation for the blessings we have received. The start of a new year offers a particularly poignant opportunity to do just that. 

Lev Golinkin's Memoir Selected as Jewish Community 2015 One Book

July 27, 2015

Chicago’s Jewish community marks Jewish Book Month with "One Book | One Community" in which a single book is selected as the focus of activities throughout the city and suburbs. This year's selection is"A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka" by Lev Golinkin.

Spertus Welcomes Ellen Hattenbach as VP for External Relations

June 24, 2015

Strategy Expert and Community Leader Ellen Hattenbach joins the Spertus Institute staff in a new position created to foster opportunities for Jewish learning and advance initiatives that develop future community leaders.

Rabbi Dr. Byron Sherwin (1946-2015)

June 23, 2015

Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin, Spertus Institute Director of Doctoral Programs, died May 22 after a long illness. He was an internationally renowned Jewish theologian, ethicist, and scholar, and a prodigious author, who will be missed by students and colleagues around the globe.

Where Eulogy Virtues Are Resume Virtues

June 22, 2015

Continuing the discussion about Jewish leadership, Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis shares his thoughts on a theory put forth by New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Lisa Rivo, co-director of the National Center for Jewish Film, to speak at Spertus Institute

April 27, 2015

By Jan Lisa Huttner for JUF News — Thanks to the National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF), you can visit the Lodz that was on Sunday, May 31, when NCJF co-director Lisa Rivo arrives at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership to screen a newly restored print of Molly Picon's classic film Mamele.

From East Ridge to Vatican City

April 21, 2015

Mazel tov to Spertus Institute alumna Deborah Levine, whose book, "Teaching Curious Christians About Judaism," has been travelling in rarefied circles. And we're proud to say that this book began as her Jewish Studies thesis.

Jewish Community Networking Night

April 21, 2015

Once a year, Spertus Institute hosts a gathering for the professionals and volunteers who serve Jewish Chicago. This special evening provides an opportunity to network with colleagues, celebrate successes, and together learn new ways to advance the work we do to strengthen our communities.

People of the Books: Graphic Novels and Serious Subjects

April 20, 2015

By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — A new generation of cartoonists are using graphic novels to tackle tough subjects. One of these artists is 27-year-old Liana Finck, whose first book, "A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York," brings to life the trials and triumphs of Jewish immigrants on New York’s Lower East Side.

Alumni Profile: Rachel Cort

April 13, 2015

Mazel Tov to Spertus Alumni Rachel Cort, the newest addition to the Mishkan Chicago team. Rachel most recently served as the Associate Director of jU Chicago, an innovative start-up organization she co-founded to empower Jewish students at the University of Chicago.