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Center for Jewish Leadership

Center for Jewish Leadership

In 2014 Spertus Institute celebrates its 90th year of fostering Jewish learning and leadership.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
is proud to announce the launch of the:

Center for Jewish Leadership

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great Jewish leadersSpertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is extremely proud to announce the launch of the Center for Jewish Leadership, a programmatic center dedicated to transforming Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership and enhancing the abilities of Jewish communal professionals and volunteers.

New opportunities for leadership development will enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future Jewish leaders, magnifying the vibrancy of their communities and advancing the missions of the organizations they serve.

CJL offerings include:

Programs offered through the CJL will provide participants with a unique and holistic approach to Jewish leadership that seamlessly integrates deeper understanding of Jewish life, culture, and history with insights and best practices from the worlds of business and nonprofit leadership. Programs will serve Jewish organizational employees and volunteers, including lay leaders and trustees.

Inaugural Symposium

The CJL will host an inaugural symposium on October 26 on the theme
of entrepreneurship and the Jewish community — presenting and discussing models and strategies for creative, sustainable Jewish leadership in the 21st century. MORE>

Learn. Lead. Inspire.

For Jewish Leaders

  • Opportunities to learn best professional practices in a Jewish context, informed by Jewish thought
  • Emphasis on critical leadership skills
  • Practical application for professionals and volunteers
  • Professional mentoring

The Leading Edge

Explore a collection of blog posts, essays, and articles on Jewish Leadership from Dr. Hal M. Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spertus Institute and the author of From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership.

The Spertus Approach

Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their experiences at Spertus are inspiring and even transformative. That is by design, because the Institute pursues best practice in everything it does. This results in meaningful, important opportunities for personal and professional growth.


The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants from the Crown Family and an anonymous foundation. We are grateful for their support.