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Master Classes and Workshops

Master Classes and Workshops

Award-winning author Jami Attenberg discusses her book The Middlesteins with Chicago Tribune reporter Bonnie Miller Rubin.

The aim of education must be the training of independently acting
and thinking individuals who can see, in the service to the community,
their highest life achievement. — Albert Einstein

At Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, we
believe that strong leaders build and sustain strong communities.

We offer a range of professional training opportunities designed to develop effective leaders for Jewish communities in Chicago and across North America, thus fostering a vibrant Jewish future.


These offerings are specifically designed for professionals and volunteers working for and with Jewish organizations.

Enrollment is open for two upcoming Master Classes:

Jewish Values for Professionals and Lay Leaders
Four Sessions — Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 pm
Begins November 5 at Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook
Taught by Rabbi Vernon Kurtz


Certificate in Jewish Leadership
Enrollment is also underway for the Spring 2015 session of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership. Sponsored by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University, this four-module program is a selective admissions program developed for established and emerging leaders (including lay leaders) of Jewish organizations. The program includes mentoring with established Jewish community leaders.

The Center for Jewish Leadership

  • 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 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

About Spertus Institute

We asked three students studying improv at Chicago's renowned Second City  to describe Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Click below to enjoy!

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The Spertus Approach

Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design and it results in meaningful 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.