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New Name, New Identity...

February 8, 2013

Pauline Yearwood for The Chicago Jewish News — When Hal Lewis took over as president and CEO of a  financially troubled Spertus Institute three and a half years ago, he found that many people both inside and outside of Chicago’s Jewish community knew about Spertus, but were unsure of just what it did.

Spertus Institute unveils new brand identity

February 5, 2013

By Lewis Lazare for Chicago Business Journal — To help clarify and sharpen its mission, the 90-year-old, Chicago-based Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning has launched a new brand identity. Effective immediately, the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning will be known as the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Student Profile: Louis Stromberg

January 21, 2013

By Lori Finkel for Spertus Institute — Louis Stromberg, a transplant from the DC area, is the first student to simultaneously take the Nonprofit Management and Jewish Professional Studies degree tracks.

A Chat with Jonathan Safran Foer

December 28, 2012

By Stefanie Pervos Bregman for JUF News — Author Jonathan Safran Foer talks about inspiration and how his Judaism impacts his writing. 

Planning for Success(ion)

November 28, 2012

By Dr. Hal M. Lewis for eJewish Philanthropy — The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs.

For Every Complex Problem...

July 17, 2012

It's our pleasure to share this article by Spertus President Hal M. Lewis, published in eJewish Philanthropy as part of a discussion about CEO transitions. We invite you to join the conversation.

Alumni Profile: Cindy Stern

July 12, 2012

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Director Cindy Stern talks about making the leap from the corporate world to the not-for-profit arena.

A National Opportunity to Transform Local Communities

April 2, 2012

For years North American Jewish organizations and institutions have dabbled in what purports to be leadership training for both professionals and the laity.

Letter to the Editor

February 13, 2012

Chicago Tribune Letter to the Editor in response to Howard Reich's article "Spertus Institute Reinvents Itself" (A&E Jan 27, 2012) by Tami Warshawsky.

Laughing at the darkness

February 2, 2012

By Stephanie Pervos Bregman for JUF News — It's writers like Shalom Auslander who challenge us — as readers, as Jews, as human beings.