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About Spertus Institute

About Spertus Institute

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is guided by two truths: that vibrant Jewish communities are learning Jewish communities and that great Jewish communities need great leaders. Everything we do is informed by these truths.

Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities are designed to enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life.

Graduate programs and professional workshops serve constituents in the Chicago area and around the world through a variety on onsite and distance learning options.

Public programs — including films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibitions — are offered at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.  

We often hear from students and participants that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and even transformative. That is by design, because the Institute strives to offer thought-provoking content with real-world application, unparalleled resources, and a welcoming environment that encourages people to connect in an open exchange of ideas. This results in meaningful, important opportunities for personal and professional growth for constituents and communities. 

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Our logo is a flame accompanied by the biblical phrase, yehi or, let there be light.
It symbolizes commitment to education, culture, and community, today and for the future.

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Spertus Institute is a partner with
The Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

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At Spertus, community is a verb, not a noun. We are proud to have thoughtfully created a welcoming educational environment for all who walk through our doors. Will you be next? 
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Our Unique Approach

  • Thought-provoking, relevant content
  • Unparalled resources
  • Welcoming environment


Spertus Institute is currently closed to the public. We plan to reopen as soon as it is safe.

Sunday 10 am- 5 pm
Monday-Wednesday 9 am- 5pm
Thursday 9 am- 6 pm
Friday 9 am- 3 pm



Where we Live

Spertus Institute
610 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

The Spertus Institute campus is located in an award-winningenvironmentally sustainable building in the heart of Chicago’s historic academic and cultural corridor. Designed by Krueck Sexton Partners, the building features state-of-the-art public and program spaces, including classrooms, the Asher Library, the 400-seat Feinberg Theater, plus spaces for community, corporate, and private events. Learn more >