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Registration Information

Left to right: Michael Waitz, Sheri Hokin, Susan Levin-Abir, Shalom Klein

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership is a selective admissions program. It requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent, 3-5 years of professional or managerial experience, and a strong commitment to developing and fulfilling their professional potential.

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For assistance with your application or
any questions about the program or procedure,
contact Spertus Institute Director of Enrollment
Stacey Flint at or 312.322.1707.

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  • The application calls for a short statement of purpose (600 words) that describes your professional goals and what you will bring to share with your colleagues in the program. Include this in the field provided.
  • Your resume needs to be submitted. There is a place to unload it within the application (preferred) or you may email it to Stacey Flint at Please include the words "Resume for Certificate Application" in the subject line.

We recommend that admissions be submitted by July 1, 2015. Partial scholarships are available and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Selection process: This application will be reviewed by an Admission Committee of faculty from Northwestern University and Spertus Institute. Applicants will receive an admission decision by email, generally within 15 business days. Cohorts are limited to 20 participants.

Program cost: The total cost of the program is $2,500. This fee can be paid in two payments. There is no application fee. For information about scholarship assistance, contact Stacey Flint at or 312.322.1707.


“I have been able to take what I learned in each class and use it to enhance the work I do professionally.”
— Michael Waitz, Director of Centennial Development, Alpha Epsilon Pi

“...taught me to be more effective as a leader.”
— Sheri Hokin, Trustee, Jewish Women's Foundation

“I gained business skills, collaboration skills, and greater self-awareness.”
— Susan Levin-Abir

“I strongly recommend this program to lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community.”
— Shalom Klein, Vice President, Moshe Klein and Associates and Director, Jewish B2B Networking

Did you know?

Tuition and fees paid out-of-pocket
for accredited higher education certificate programs like this one may qualify for a deduction on your federal taxes, depending on your income.
Check with your tax adviser for details.

Is this program for me?

This program has been developed
for established and emerging leaders (including lay leaders) of Jewish organizations. To date, we have served leaders of organizations focused on social service, philanthropy, education, culture, and advocacy.

We have found that newly promoted managers and directors — and the organizations they serve — have much to gain from this program.

Consultants and professionals working outside the Jewish community will also find the program offers benefits to their work through its focus on best practices in a Jewish context.