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David Laskin’s "The Family" selected for this year’s Jewish Community ONE BOOK initiative

July 8, 2014

The 2014 One Book | One Community selection is David Laskin's The Family, a memoir that follows the author's amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the 20th century.

The Tzitzit: A colorful history

June 10, 2014

Last Sunday I attended my first Greater Chicago Jewish Festival. What a thrill to be immersed in such a vibrant Jewish atmosphere.

Dr. William H. Barrows

May 27, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce that longtime Spertus Institute donor and friend Dr. William H. Barrows has died after a fiercely waged battle with brain cancer.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

May 21, 2014

Spertus Institute faculty member Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is featured in the publication of The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University.

I Thought You Said You Wanted To Run Things Like A Business

May 15, 2014

In this article from, Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis addresses the claim that our communal institutions should run "run more like businesses."

Can I see some ID?

May 6, 2014

In Illinois, where I now live, all new residents are required to obtain an Illinois driver's license or identification card within 90 days of arrival, surrendering the identification from the state where they lived before. In the Land of Lincoln, identity is clear: either you're an Illinoisan or you're not.

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

May 5, 2014

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe is the latest publication by Spertus faculty member Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern.

Trusting Our Leaders

April 29, 2014

In his blog "The Leading Edge," Spertus Institute President Hal M. Lewis discusses what leaders can learn from Moses Maimonides about building trust.

Fiddler in My Head

April 1, 2014

Why the music of 'Fiddler' is so darn catchy: a lesson in earworms and Jewish tradition from Spertus Institute's Brian Zimmerman.

It’s Gotta Be Spring Somewhere

April 1, 2014

Just back from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel dishes on delicious recipes for Passover.