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Message from Spertus Institute's President

May 31, 2020

Underpinning our values at Spertus Institute is a commitment to justice and fairness, to the inherent worth and value of all people, the necessity of tolerance, and peaceful and respectful engagement across difference.

Coronavirus Update for Spertus Institute Friends and Patrons

May 28, 2020

We have joined our neighbors across Chicago in an effort to slow the escalating impact of COVID-19. As staff and faculty gradually and safely return to our facility, we continue to offer a variety of programming online. 

Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

May 15, 2020

Spertus Institute is thrilled to welcome two accomplished local leaders—Shelley Stern Grach and Dr. Alicia Gejman—to its Board of Trustees. Both have impressive backgrounds in nonprofit board experience and have studied in Spertus graduate programs.

WGN Radio Interview with Dr. Dean P. Bell

April 13, 2020

Hear Spertus President Dr. Dean P. Bell interviewed about how past pandemics can help us contextualize what we are going through today, including where we might find some hope in lessons from the past.

Jewish Education is an Essential Service

May 26, 2020

Elana Kahn, Spertus Institute's new Associate Dean for Outreach, explains why she upended her life during a global pandemic to tackle a new challenge. The answer lies in understanding what is essential.

Responding to Coronavirus

May 19, 2020

Dr. Dean P Bell unearths lessons from Jewish history for responding to COVID-19. Bell, author of "Plague in the Early Modern World: A Documentary History," has been serving as an expert on pandemic history for media during the current crisis.

Introducing Elana G. Kahn, Associate Dean for Outreach

April 17, 2020

Spertus proudly introduces Elana Kahn, new Associate Dean for Outreach. Kahn is a veteran communal professional and alumna of Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Professional Studies program.

Now More Than Ever We Must Speak the Language of Values

March 31, 2020

Jewish nonprofit organizations' response to the Covid-19 pandemic is inspiring. Real leadership must infuse these deeds with deeper meaning by speaking the language of our values.

Tips for Using Zoom

March 25, 2020

At Spertus Institute, we have a long history of offering high-quality remote programming. As experienced Zoom users, we’ve assembled some of our favorite tips and resources.

ViewPoints: Interreligious Dialogue

March 24, 2020

The same keys that could unlock potential solutions on a global scale might also increase harmony at your neighborhood’s school board meeting, with colleagues from the other side of the political spectrum, or around your family’s dinner table.