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Executive MAJPS Start Date

Executive MAJPS Start Date

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Executive MAJPS program has been launched for Jewish communal executives who have significant professional experience (12+ years). It is a unique year-long program in which participates will gain knowledge and expertise that is relevant, applicable, and meaningful to them and their careers. The program is offered in a small-group cohort providing a network of fellow executives. It is taught by some of the most effective and creative faculty working today in the Jewish community and beyond.

Designed for busy professionals, the program is delivered through seminars and a combination of online and onsite courses, with executive coaching and an individual capstone project relating to initiatives at participants’ own organization or agency.

The Executive MAJPS

  • Arms Jewish professionals with executive knowledge and skills
  • Fosters a culture of executive development essential for successful, vibrant, and growing Jewish communities
  • Focuses on leadership evaluation and development in key areas that are vital for successful Jewish leadership in the 21st century
  • Provides a community of practice through a cohort of senior-level professionals
  • Produces experienced Jewish leaders ready to conquer today's challenges

Program Components

  • Leadership Skills Assessment
  • Six Modules, Taught by Leading Faculty

This American Jewish Life
Seminar June 19-20, 2016
Taught by Dr. Steven M. Cohen
Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University

The Role of Israel in Jewish Life
Seminar July 24-26, 2016
Taught by Dr. Rachel Fish
Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Jewish Studies for Jewish Executives
Synchronous Online Course September 12, 19, and 26, 2016
Taught by Dr. Dean P. Bell
Spertus Institute Provost, Vice President, and Professor of Jewish Studies

Working with Constituents
Seminar January 8-10, 2017
Taught by Dr. Barry Chazan
Founding Director of Spertus Institute MAJPS Program and Professor of Jewish Leadership

Leading People Through Change
Seminar March 12-14, 2017 
Taught by Dr. Russ Rogers
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, School for New Learning, DePaul University

Becoming an Effective Jewish Leader
Six-Session Evening Course May 1, 8, 15, and 22, June 5, 12, and 19, 2017
Taught by Dr. Hal M. Lewis
Spertus Institute President, Chief Executive Officer, and Professor of Jewish Leadership

  • Executive Coaching
  • Capstone Project

For further details and eligibility requirements, contact:

Tal Rosen
Director, Center for Jewish Leadership

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"[Spertus] helped me reach a personal understanding of what it means to lead Jewishly." — Joshua Donner, Executive Director, Shapira Foundation, about his experience with the Spertus Masters in Jewish Professional Studies

Why Executive MAJPS?

"The biggest challenge in Jewish life today is finding good leadership for tomorrow." —Leadership Pipelines Initiative

Only at Spertus

Guided by Jewish wisdom and history, the Executive MAJPS builds on Spertus Institute's highly regarded Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies, but its content and design is specifically for those leading Jewish organizations to successfully serve, enrich, and perpetuate the Jewish community.

This experience cannot be duplicated by business school programs. Spertus Institute's targeted training gives participants the precise proficiencies required to maximize their organizations’ performance, stay ahead of best practices, and avoid expensive outside consultants.

Prior educational and professional experiences account for the equivalent of one year of graduate-level coursework, keeping the program length to a single year.


Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.

Downloadable Info Sheet

EMAJPS Fact Sheet
What is Jewish Leadership?
Center for Jewish Leadership