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In Memoriam – Robert (Bud) Lifton

July 31, 2016

Spertus Institute mourns the loss of longtime trustee Robert ‘Bud’ Lifton. His leadership across the Chicago community was wide-ranging, heartfelt, impressive, and enduring. He will be missed here at Spertus and far beyond.

In Memoriam – Eric Joss

July 10, 2016

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership mourns the loss of our long-time trustee, Eric Joss. Eric was the embodiment of “mentschlikhkeit;” he was a gentleman of the highest order.

Spertus Transforms Gift Shop to Arts Lab

May 17, 2016

Changes are coming to the Spertus lobby. The space where the Spertus Shop has been located will re-open September 25 as a lab for Jewish art, artists, and the community.

Conference to gather Jewish communal professionals for networking

March 30, 2016

The 2016 JPRO Network Conference is bringing together hundreds of Jewish community professionals for professional development and networking; showcasing the leading thinkers, activists, and teachers who are advancing our communities and the Jewish people.

Chicago Premiere Brundibar Revisited

March 24, 2016

Documentary Film Nominated for Prix Europa Premieres in Chicago May 5. Anne Frank Center Berlin says about Greta Klingsberg in Brundibar Revisited: “Her story has to be heard”

Lighting Learning and Libations

March 10, 2016

Members of Chicago’s Jewish community were recently treated to a taste of innovative work being done by young leaders who are transforming the Jewish future through their work with the Center for Jewish Leadership.

The Subject Of Israel Education Is Not Israel

March 1, 2016

Barry Chazan for The Jewish Week — Today’s world is very much about personalization and customization. Mattresses, automobiles and worldviews that speak to “my” tastes, desires, interests, schedule and way of thinking and living are the vantage point from which we approach the world.

Adult Jewish Learning

February 29, 2016

Dean P. Bell for JUF News — Adult humans are complicated, to say the least. They navigate numerous competing goals and priorities. They possess varied personal identities, interests, strengths, and needs, not only from one another but over time.

Compensation and the Jewish Question

February 9, 2016

Imagine a world in which high performing college grads are recruited to work for Jewish institutions with the same attractive packages offered to classmates going into finance or law.

Attorney Turned Chaplain

February 5, 2016

One late evening, I was at my office. It was quiet and I found myself staring out at the Chicago skyline. I became painfully aware that I had many trappings of success, but I did not feel successful. Something was missing.