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Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitsm

Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitsm

Fighting Antisemitism with Education

Spertus Institute launches program to provide Jewish organizational leaders with the skills to respond to antisemitism.

There is a critical need for Jewish communal leaders to respond to antisemitism with knowledge, strength, and skill. Although incredibly important, most professionals never receive formal training in this.

Beginning this year, a new Spertus Institute certificate program will address this need with the expertise it demands.

The new Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitism will provide a foundation in the history and current manifestations of antisemitism, along with a concrete toolbox of skills to respond. The program will include training in communications and messaging, building community alliances, organizational analysis, strategic planning, advocacy, program implementation, and program evaluation.

Spertus will soon be taking applications from those in leadership positions in North American Jewish organizations of all types, including social justice, social services, synagogues, advocacy, education, community relations, philanthropy, campus engagement, and interreligious partnerships.

As a signature Spertus educational initiative, this new program will engage critical contemporary and emerging issues through Jewish lenses, utilizing scholarship to build adaptive capacity for a rapidly changing world. Ultimately, it will empower participants to make substantial, significant impact in their communities.

Advisory Committee for Program Development

  • Dr. Dean P. Bell
    President and CEO, Spertus Institute
  • David Bernstein
    Founder, Jewish Institute for Liberal Values and Former President/CEO, JCPA
  • Dr. Catherine Chatterley
    Founding Director, Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Editor-In Chief, Antisemitism Studies, published by Indiana University Press
  • Dr. Keren E. Fraiman
    Dean/Chief Academic Officer, Spertus Institute
  • Rori Picker Neiss
    Executive Director, Jewish Community RelationsCouncil of St Louis
  • Mark Reisbaum
    Philanthropy Advisor, Reisbaum Consulting
  • Leah Soibel
    Founder and Executive Director, Fuenta Latina
  • David Waren
    President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago.

We anticipate having program details in late spring or early summer 2022.
Sign up to receive information when it is available > 

To learn how your support can make a difference for the future of this exciting new program, please call 312.322.1735.


Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. 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. 

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




Thursday, January 27, 2022