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Jewish Arts and Culture at Spertus: A Letter from the Provost

August 4, 2014

At Spertus Institute, we believe that arts and culture are essential to Jewish life and learning. Powerful first-hand encounters with original artifacts — as well as live performances and first-person presentations — offer compelling ways to both understand the Jewish past and address the pressing issues of today.

The Family Author David Laskin on Embracing the Present through Exploring the Past

July 30, 2014

Spertus Institute's own Brian Zimmerman interviews David Laskin, a former Washington Post travel writer and the author of two award-winning books of nonfiction.

World of Our Great-Grandfathers

July 25, 2014

It is an honor to see Spertus Institute faculty member and longtime friend Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern featured in The New York Times!

The Sturgeon Queens

July 23, 2014

Russ & Daughters is an "appetizing store." What is that?

Chicago Restaurant Offers Taste of Middle East

July 9, 2014

Jordan-born chef opens Masada, a nod to the desert fortress and his mom.

David Laskin’s "The Family" selected for this year’s Jewish Community ONE BOOK initiative

July 8, 2014

The 2014 One Book | One Community selection is David Laskin's The Family, a memoir that follows the author's amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the 20th century.

The Tzitzit: A colorful history

June 10, 2014

Last Sunday I attended my first Greater Chicago Jewish Festival. What a thrill to be immersed in such a vibrant Jewish atmosphere.

Dr. William H. Barrows

May 27, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce that longtime Spertus Institute donor and friend Dr. William H. Barrows has died after a fiercely waged battle with brain cancer.

I Thought You Said You Wanted To Run Things Like A Business

May 15, 2014

In this article from, Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis addresses the claim that our communal institutions should run "run more like businesses."

Can I see some ID?

May 6, 2014

In Illinois, where I now live, all new residents are required to obtain an Illinois driver's license or identification card within 90 days of arrival, surrendering the identification from the state where they lived before. In the Land of Lincoln, identity is clear: either you're an Illinoisan or you're not.