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Jewish Leadership

Jewish Leadership

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. 

The Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program brings a diverse group of Jewish professionals together to study the cutting-edge issues in contemporary Jewish life, advancing their opportunities and enhancing the contributions they bring to Jewish organizations. MORE>

The Certificate in Jewish Leadershipsponsored by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies — is dedicated to transforming American Jewish life by enhancing the abilities of Jewish professional and lay leaders. MORE>

Amos Shapira and Tom Samuels
Spertus graduate Tom Samuels
gets an opportunity to discuss
a project with University
of Haifa President Amos Shapira
as part of the Spertus Institute
Leaders on Leadership series.



Spertus Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its
Center for Jewish Leadership
. MORE>

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 experiences at Spertus are inspiring and even transformative. That is by design and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.