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Letter from the President Fall 2021

October 12, 2021

Every year Spertus Institute identifies a core programmatic theme. Dr. Dean P. Bell explains why, in a year that COVID-19 challenged assumptions and compelled us to consider new ways of thinking, this year's theme is reimagining.

Spertus builds ties to Austin, TX

September 14, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Executive Leadership

May 3, 2021

As we emerge from a year of crisis, Spertus Institute is seeing increased demand for its programs. Particularly germane to current needs is the Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies, an accelerated leadership program for Jewish communal executives with 12 or more years in the field.

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.

Critical Conversations: Jews & Race

April 5, 2021

Spertus Institute proudly convenes a panel of experts to address the juncture of race and justice in Jewish life.