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Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Leadership training opportunity specifically for senior-level educators serving Jewish communities

Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators

Courses take place during two Chicago seminars

  • February 9-12, 2020
  • April 26-29, 2020

Presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University, this new certificate program is designed for educators working across the Jewish educational spectrum.

Due to the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, the cost of the entire program — including travel and hotel accommodations — is $1,000. (While participants from outside the US are welcome to apply, funding for travel and accommodations is available for US educators only.)

Jewish education happens both in and out of the classroom. We encourage educators from traditional settings, as well as those who educate in more informal environments, to apply.

Enhance Your Educational Leadership

Participants will learn to lead with authenticity, collaborate across institutions and communities, effectively communicate their educational vision, and lead schools and organizations through times of change.

Taught by leading scholars from Spertus Institute and Northwestern University, the program fuses a behavioral-based leadership approach with Jewish texts and context to create a unique, integrated approach to Jewish leadership. Leveraging a cohort-based model, participants will develop a network of fellow Jewish educators from across North America.

Program Components

  • Two Chicago seminars
  • Professional mentoring
  • Leadership assessment
  • Applied capstone project

Courses and workshops take place during the onsite seminars, with participants proceeding through the curriculum as a cohort, leveraging opportunities for peer learning.

The February seminar covers Models of Jewish Leadership and Collaboration. The April seminar covers Communications and Critical Conversations and Leading People Through Change. Both seminars include site visits and an integrative session to bridge theory and practice. East site visit illuminates an educational program that excels in one or more of the content areas.

Students are responsible for preparing pre-seminar readings, leadership assessments, and some short thought exercises in advance of each of the seminars.

This is a selective enrollment program. Applicants should have:

  • Five or more years of professional experience
  • A bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred)
  • Responsibility over educational programming, including curricular oversight and management of staff and/or interns
  • Experience with lay leaders, student representatives, or similar constituents
  • A strong commitment to developing and fulfilling their professional potential

Interested in finding out if this program is right for you?

Request Information

Or contact:
Anita Silvert
Director of Enrollment

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Key Admission-Related Dates

September 23, 2019 — Preferred admission deadline
November 20, 2019 — Admission deadline 
December 2, 2019 — Preferred admission candidates notified of admission status
December 30, 2019 — Regular admission candidates notified of admission status

After November 20, 2019, applicants will be considered on a space-available basis. 


About Northwestern University

  • Preeminent university recognized as a hallmark of academic excellence.
  • Provides exceptional opportunities for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Instructors with outstanding academic credentials and relevant professional experience create a highly interactive and collaborative learning environments.
  • Students study with peers who have rich, diverse backgrounds and can provide lifelong connections.

About Spertus Institute

  • Long and rich history of innovative programming that serves the needs of Jewish educators and communal professionals.
  • Outstanding, non-denominational offerings are grounded in Jewish thought, inspired by Jewish values, and resolutely relevant to contemporary life.
  • Graduate-level degree programs, professional certificates, and workshops blend theory and practice and are taught by leading faculty with real-world experience.
  • Serves students around the globe through on-campus and distance-learning programs.

Only at Spertus

Are You Ready to Lead?

Spertus Institute is guided by two principles: vibrant communities are learning communities and great Jewish communities need great Jewish leaders.

Effective Jewish leadership is essential for Jewish organizations to successfully serve, enrich, and perpetuate the Jewish community. Guided by Jewish wisdom and history, Spertus participants gain knowledge and expertise that is relevant, applicable, and meaningful to them and their careers. This experience cannot be duplicated by professional training programs. Targeted learning gives participants the precise proficiencies they require to maximize their organization’s performance, stay current on best practices, and avoid expensive outside consultants.


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

Program Support By

Jim Joseph Foundation 

About the Certificate program 
Lynne Lieberman

Spertus Institute’s Certificate in Jewish Leadership program has been one of the most valuable programs I’ve experienced. It provides participants with skills and tools for nonprofit leadership, training that most educators do not receive as part of studies or on-the-job experience. The program has empowered me to be a better leader.

Lynne Lieberman
Senior Director, Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Florida