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Center for Jewish Leadership

Center for Jewish Leadership

Learn. Grow. Lead. Gain the skills and expertise you need to foster a vibrant Jewish future. Spertus Institute Alum Sarah Van Loon with Andrew Silver, presenting Innovation and Collaboration Award.

Masters Degree Programs

Career-boosting graduate-school opportunities taught by creative faculty who bridge theory and practice. 75% of graduates secure a promotion or new higher-level job within one year.

MA in Jewish Professional Studies—Chicago

I can't recommend this program enough!

  • For young professionals working in or entering the thriving Jewish nonprofit sector
  • Fellowships cover 60% of costs for qualified students
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MA in Jewish Professional Studies—North America

Acquire real world skills and sharpen your sense of purpose.

North American cohort begins March 22, 2020

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Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies—North America

  • For executives with 12+ years of professional experience
  • Can be completed in one year
  • Fellowships cover 60% of costs for qualified students
  • North American cohort begins June 9, 2020
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Certificate Programs

Leadership training in a Jewish context. These streamlined programs emphasize rapid skill acquisition for established and emerging leaders of Jewish organizations. Presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University.

Certificate Program graduates

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Newly promoted managers and directors, lay leaders, and board members have found the program particularly beneficial.

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Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Leadership training for senior-level educators serving Jewish communities in both formal and informal capacities.

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Continuing Education Programs Open to the Public

Lay Leadership Academy takes place this year on November 20. Learn more >

It is immediately followed by Chicago's Jewish Community Networking Night. Learn more >

The Fundraisers Forum series continues December 5. Learn more >

The Spertus Institute at 610 S. Michigan in Chicago

All programs offer a pluralistic and holistic approach, integrating materials about Jewish life, culture, and history with best practices from the worlds of business and nonprofit leadership.

To find out which option is right for you,
contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert


Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership

The Spertus Approach
Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Let us bring the Center for Jewish Leadership to you!
Interested in offering Jewish leadership training programs locally in your own community? We have served Jewish communities from Milwaukee to Montreal to Tel Aviv with programs customized to their specific needs. Contact Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Keren E. Fraiman at kfraiman@spertus.edu to learn more.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.