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Letter from the President — Winter/Spring 2019

Letter from the President — Winter/Spring 2019

Looking Ahead to Our Second Century

Letter from Dr. Dean P. Bell

Dear Friends:

Spertus is an institution driven by values. We are committed to serious and applied academics, advancing Jewish communal leadership, the welcoming nature of our nondenominational orientation, and the ways in which we make a real difference in people’s lives.

At my inauguration in October, I shared stories of some of the many people associated with Spertus. These students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders exemplify our work and inspire me and so many others through their commitment to lifelong learning, meaningful communal service, interfaith initiatives, and academic achievement. I spotlighted the academic excellence of our faculty, our thought leadership in core areas of contemporary Jewish concern, the many points of entry provided by our public and cultural offerings, and our commitment to providing open forums of conversations. This is something especially on display in our important Critical Conversations series, this year focusing on the theme of immigration.

As I mentioned in the last edition of Spertus News & Events, responsible institutions conduct regular and deep reflection and evaluation. This past fall we launched a strategic planning process intended to set the path for our next century, beginning on our 100th anniversary in 2024. I assure you that in its second century, Spertus will build on our core values and initiatives in exciting ways as we apply Jewish learning to the critical questions of contemporary life.

Thank you as always for your involvement and support.







Dr. Dean Phillip Bell
President/CEO and Professor of Jewish History
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership


Monday, December 17, 2018