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Reflections on Hanukkah at the White House

December 22, 2014

When the invitation to attend the White House Hanukkah Party arrived in his inbox, Spertus President Dr. Hal M. Lewis suspected one of his more tech-savvy friends was playing a joke. But the invitation was real and what he had at first believed to be a well-played deception turned out to be one of his life’s truly special moments. 

Profile of Lillian Brodkey, Class of 1937

December 17, 2014

In honor of Spertus Institute's 90th Anniversary, we are pleased to share remembrances from a remarkable woman whose studies with us in the 1930s launched a lifetime of Jewish leadership.

Books for Hanukkah

December 5, 2014

By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — Do you, like me, dream of seeing a friend or family member unplug whatever glowing device they are usually staring into long enough to get lost in a good story or be wowed by exploring something longer than a BuzzFeed list?

Letter from the President — Winter 2014

November 24, 2014

Making the decision to seriously explore the wonders of Jewish Studies can sometimes be challenging, even daunting. We are prepared to do everything possible to minimize the obstacles and maximize the opportunities.

Driving Jewish Community Innovation and Entrepreneurship

November 21, 2014

The pioneering Center for Jewish Leadership launched at Spertus with a groundbreaking symposium on entrepreneurship, innovation, and Jewish leadership. View videos of presenters Howard Tullman, Jon Medved, Ariel Berry, Toby Rubin, Jay Goltz, and Dr. Hal M. Lewis. 

A Center for Jewish Leadership – Why Now, Why At All?

November 18, 2014

This year, as it marks its 90th anniversary, Spertus Institute launches the Center for Jewish Leadership to provide current and future Jewish leaders new and necessary opportunities to learn best professional practices in a Jewish context, informed by Jewish thought.

Meet Tal Rosen

November 18, 2014

Spertus is pleased to welcome Tal Rosen as Director of the Institute’s new Center for Jewish Leadership. Rosen comes to Spertus with field-tested insight into what fosters innovation in the Jewish communal sector. 

Leading the Leaders...

November 17, 2014

Great Jewish communities require great leaders. That may be a truism, but underneath it is a profound truth that the leaders of Chicago’s Spertus Institute for Jewish Leadership and Learning are taking to heart. And to class.

An Interview with Author David Laskin

October 30, 2014

David Laskin, award-winning author of the this year's Jewish Book Month selection, talks about embracing the present by exploring the past in a conversation with Brian Zimmerman for Spertus Institute.

Uncovering Jewish Family History

October 28, 2014

By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — Books about Jewish family histories — like the Jewish families they portray — come in all shapes and sizes. Some chronicle life in situations and places very much like your own family's experiences, while others share stories of Jewish families in circumstances and corners of the world entirely unlike your own.