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Letter from the President — Fall 2017

August 16, 2017

I have long believed that the identification, training, and nurturing of the next generation of leaders is critical to an organization’s future. These responsibilities are not tangential; they are the very definition of what it means to lead effectively.

Jewish Literacy for Jewish Professionals

August 2, 2017

By Spertus Director of Enrollment Management Anita Silvert for eJewish Philanthropy — Cultural literacy is vital to feeling part of a group, part of a community. 

36 Ways Spertus Students & Alumni Are Changing the World

July 18, 2017

These 36 community-building leaders have studied at Spertus Institute. The work they do is necessary, far-reaching, and transformative — and it is changing the Jewish world.

Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

July 10, 2017

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership proudly welcomes four new members — Lauri Konik Zessar, Dr. Michele Sackheim Wein, Odette Olson, and Dr. Jessica Lederhausen — to its Board of Trustees.

Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When?

March 13, 2017

Chicagoans can view works by artist and activist Ben Shahn in the Ground Level Arts Lab through August 27. His images of immigrants, refugees, and civil rights workers are as powerful today as they were during his lifetime.

Student Profile: Ellie Gettinger

March 1, 2017

Ellie Gettinger is the Education Director of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. As a student in Spertus Institute's graduate program for Jewish professionals, she's adding new knowledge to her already considerable expertise.

Gender Issues

August 15, 2017

By Dr. Hal M. Lewis — As a Professor and the CEO of an Institute dedicated to growing lay and professional leaders, I am increasingly concerned that even our most enlightened programs are failing to address critical issues related to gender in the nonprofit workplace.

Alumni Profile: Lillian Brodkey, Class of 1937

July 13, 2017

Happy 100th birthday to Spertus Alumna Lillian Brodkey, a remarkable woman whose studies with us in the 1930s launched a lifetime of Jewish learning and leadership.

Developing the Next Generation of Jewish Leaders

July 10, 2017

By Dr. Hal M. Lewis  — The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs.

Israel: Many Voices

June 19, 2017

Illustrating the varied facets through which members of the Jewish community experience Israel, seven local storytellers took the stage in a remarkable program presented through a community-wide initiative.