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Introduction to Critical Conversations 2019

March 20, 2019

"Anyone familiar with Jewish tradition knows that robust dialogue and 'critical conversations' are central to the Jewish essence," said Spertus Chancellor Hal M. Lewis in his opening remarks for 2019's Critical Conversations.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

March 12, 2019

In today’s complex world, the hardworking professionals and dedicated volunteers who lead Jewish organizations need specialized knowledge and expertise to meet challenges and opportunities that are unique to Jewish communities.

Jewish Learning for Adults

March 10, 2019

What is adult Jewish learning and why is it important? How does the adult brain learn? How can we provide Jewish learning opportunities for adults in Chicago and beyond? These questions are just some of those addressed by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative.

Staff Profile: Brooke Herszage

December 19, 2018

Spertus Institute welcomes Brooke Herszage in the new position of Coordinator of Mentoring and Executive Coaching. She will be building relationships with mentors, coaches, students in the Center for Jewish Leadership.

Letter from the President — Winter/Spring 2019

December 17, 2018

"Spertus is an institution driven by values," says Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell. "We are committed to advancing Jewish communal leadership and making a real difference in people’s lives."

Alumni Profile: Marilyn Diamond

December 5, 2018

Spertus Alumna Marilyn Diamond—MA in Jewish Communal Studies, 1982—is the Honorary Consul General for Morocco in Illinois. We recently sat down with Marilyn to look back at her Spertus experience, discuss her remarkable career, and hear her thoughts for the future.

Israeli Soul Cookbook Release Celebration

November 20, 2018

Chicago food legend Ina Pinkney will interview James Beard-winning Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, the team behind Philadelphia's acclaimed Zahav, on November 29 when they release their new cookbook, Israeli Soul.

Global Jewish Leadership Seminar

November 20, 2018

Spertus Institute was thrilled to present the Kaplan Leadership Initiative's first Global Jewish Leadership Seminar with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). This program serves Jewish professionals in Europe, Russia, the FSU, and Latin America.

Spertus Institute Welcomes New Trustees

November 14, 2018

Spertus Institute proudly welcomes two new members — Irena Friedgan and Stephen Wolff — to its Board of Trustees.

Spertus and Pittsburgh

October 28, 2018

We are horrified by senseless attacks that took place in Pittsburgh. As an institution of Jewish learning and leadership, we pledge to redouble our efforts to spread knowledge and foster a welcoming, safe environment for constructive conversation and learning.