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Executive MAJPS

Executive MAJPS

The Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies is a unique year-long program for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years professional/managerial experience. Participants from across North America learn to leverage opportunity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees, and lead through times of change.

The program is offered in a small-group cohort providing participants a network of fellow executives from across North America. 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 combines seminars and online courses with executive coaching and a capstone project relating to each participant's own organization or agency. It can be completed in just 12 months, because experience counts as the equivalent of one year of graduate credit.

2020-2021 cohort begins June 7, 2020.

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For a limited time, tuition is only $7,500, because generous fellowships cover approximately 60% of the total cost for professionals working full-time in the Jewish community.

Separate scholarship funds are available for executives looking to transition to Jewish communal work. 

Why This Program

  • Arms Jewish professionals with executive knowledge and skills, expanding career opportunities
  • 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 tomorrow's challenges

Program Components 

  • Leadership Skills Assessment 
  • Executive Coaching
  • Six-Module Core Curriculum (See schedule below)
  • Capstone Project

2019-2020 Cohort 4 Academic Calendar

This American Jewish Life
Seminar Course June 2-4, 2019
Dr. Leonard Saxe with Dr. Janet Krasner Aronson
Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University

Working with Constituents
Seminar Course September 8-10, 2019
Taught by Dr. Barry Chazan
Founding Director of Spertus Institute MAJPS and Professor of Jewish Education

Jewish Studies for Jewish Executives
Seminar Course January 12-14, 2020
Taught by Dr. Dean P. Bell
Spertus Institute President, CEO, and Professor of Jewish History

The Role of Israel in Jewish Life
Seminar Course March 22-24, 2020
Taught by Dr. Keren E. Fraiman 
Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Executive Officer 

Leading People Through Change
Seminar Course June 7-9, 2020
Taught by Dr. Russ Rogers
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, School for New Learning, DePaul University

On Becoming an Effective Jewish Leader
Seminar Course August 30-September 1, 2020
Taught by Dr. Hal M. Lewis
Spertus Institute Chancellor and Professor of Jewish Leadership

Download the EMAJPS 2019-2020 Academic Calendar as a PDF >

Previous Executive Coaches

      • Laura Kaufman, CEO, Partners in Effective Philanthropy 
      • Russ Rogers, Director of Graduate Programs,
        New School for Learning, DePaul University 
      • Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher, Jewish Week
      • Jeffrey Solomon, President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies 
      • Stefan Teodosic, Executive Director, Perlman Camp/Retreat Center 
      • Gary Weinstein, Former CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
      • Amy Wishnick, Principle, Wishnick and Associates 
      • Caren Yanis, Consultant and Past President, Crown Family Philanthropies, Former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundations

Capstone Project

Focused on the integration of theoretical constructs and frameworks from the course work with practical implementation in the student’s institution or community.

The Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies 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 the performance of Jewish organizations, stay ahead of best practices, and avoid expensive outside consultants.

To find out more, contact:

Anita Silvert
Director of Enrollment

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