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Letter from the President

August 25, 2021

Every year Spertus identifies a core programmatic theme. COVID-19 challenged assumptions and compelled us to consider new ways of thinking and being. Therefore, this year's theme is reimagining.

Spertus builds ties to Austin, TX

August 24, 2021

Judaism celebrates lifelong learning. But for Jewish professionals— the staff serving the Jewish community—cost is often an obstacle to continuing their education. When funding is available, students seize the opportunity.

The Spertus Chicago Scholarship

August 3, 2021

Funded by an anonymous donor, The Spertus Chicago Scholarship aims to invigorate Chicago’s Jewish community by investing in the education, training, and development of Jewish communal professionals.

Spertus Welcomes New Staff

August 1, 2021

Marcia R. Lehman joins the Spertus Institute staff as Vice President for Advancement. Dr. David Gottlieb, who has served on the Spertus faculty since 2019, steps into a new role as Director of Jewish Studies.

Profiles from the Field

February 25, 2021

Recent conversations with Spertus alumni and students confirmed their resourcefulness and resilience. Learn how they have utilized what they learned at Spertus to serve their communities in these challenging times.

Students & Alumni Reimagine Community

August 26, 2021

As we enter a new Jewish year, in a world still grappling with the impact of COVID-19, how will communities transform? We checked in with Spertus students and alumni to get their opinions.

In Memoriam Sylvia Spertus

August 1, 2021

Spertus Institute mourns the longtime friend and supporter Sylvia Spertus. Spertus Board Chair Dr. Sharon Silverman said, “Sylvia was an inspiring leader who cared deeply about Jewish education, culture, and community."

Spertus Celebrates Its 2021 Graduates

June 28, 2021

This year’s graduation was unlike any in our 97-year history. Because of COVID-19, the ceremony was virtual, but although the format differed, the pride was just as warm as we marked our graduates’ transformation from students to ambassadors.

Planning for reentry: A message for Spertus students

June 4, 2021

As we consider how we will learn in the next academic year, we want to share our process, values, and timeline.

Teaching Resilience

April 30, 2021

At Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, we have integrated long-standing work on vulnerability and resilience into our leadership training, professional programs, and graduate courses.