You are here



Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities are designed to enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life.

Graduate programs and professional workshops are offered in the Chicago area, in select locations across North America and in Israel, and through distance learning.

Public programs — including films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibits — are offered at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

We often hear from students and participants that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and even transformative. That is by design, because the Institute strives to offer thought-provoking content with real-world application, unparalleled resources, and a welcoming environment that encourages people to connect in an open exchange of ideas. This results in meaningful, important opportunities for personal and professional growth for constituents and communities.


Our logo is a flame accompanied by the
biblical phrase, yehi or, let there be light.
It symbolizes commitment to education,
culture, and community, today and for
the future.


Describing Spertus

We asked three students studying improv at Chicago's renowned Second City to come up with a tagline for Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. The outcome was surprising and hilarious — and we have it on film. Click below to enjoy!

View in full screen >

JUF Logo Blue

Spertus Institute is a partner with The Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

About Spertus Institute

We exist to create dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, that enable personal growth and the development of future community leaders.

Our Unique Approach

  • Thought-provoking, relevant content
  • Unparalled resources
  • Welcoming environment

Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis about the mission of Spertus Institute.

View in full screen >



Sunday-Wednesday 10 am- 5 pm
Thursday 10 am- 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 3 pm

Closed to the public Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays. 

For the Jewish holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Spertus will close at 3 pm on Sunday, October 23 and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25.


Spertus Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue, directly across the street from Chicago’s Grant Park.



Spertus Mission

Spertus Institute is a center for Jewish learning and leadership that invites people of all backgrounds to explore the multifaceted Jewish experience. Spertus Institute inspires learning, serves diverse communities, and fosters understanding for Jews and people of all faiths.

Spertus Building

The Spertus Institute campus is located in an award-winning, environmentally sustainable building in the heart of Chicago’s historic academic and cultural corridor. Designed by Chicago’s Krueck + Sexton Architects and opened in 2007, the building features state-of-the-art classroom, theater, exhibit, and library spaces, plus storage for collections of art, archival materials, books, music, and film.