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Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021

For the professionals, trustees, and lay leaders of Jewish organizations—and for anyone who wants to learn to lead through a Jewish lens

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University

Now is the time to invest in the skills you need to lead in times of challenge and change

Gain new strengths professionally and personally

A tremendously valuable experience. Peter Bensinger, Jr., Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP and longtime nonprofit board member.

  • Identify your own leadership style and build on your unique aptitudes
  • Manage challenge and change from a position of strength
  • Identify opportunities and galvanize your team, even in tough times
  • Program overview >

Taught by senior Northwestern University and Spertus Institute faculty, the program includes one-on-one coaching sessions. Due to high demand, two cohorts will begin in 2021, with a choice of formats.

Program Components

Certificate Program Components

Choice of formats and start dates. Cohorts begin in spring and fall of 2021.

Spring 2021 | Weekly Online
Wednesday evening online sessions
Weekly for 15 weeks

  • January 21, 2021—Preferred admission deadline
  • February 24, 2021—Final admission deadline
  • April 7, 2021—Program begins

Fall 2021 | Seminar Format
Two four-day seminars
October 17–20, 2021 & January 9–12, 2022

Online, or at Spertus Institute’s award-winning Chicago campus if conditions allow

  • July 25, 2021—Preferred admission deadline
  • September 1, 2021—Final admission deadline
  • October 17, 2021—Program begins


Apply by preferred admission deadline to waive $50 application fee.

Everyone needs a coach

This program is designed for busy, working adults committed to their careers and communities. Professional coaching is an integrated part of the program. Participants meet individually with their coach to help as they apply what they learn to their own real-world circumstances.

Coach Amy Wishnick, Principal, Wishnick & Associates, with Sarah Van Loon, Director of Advancement & Engagement, AJC

Mentor Amy Vishnick, Principal, Wishnick & Associates, with Mentee Sarah Van Loon

Spertus Institute is accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission
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