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Letter from the President — Winter 2017

September 26, 2016

I recently returned from Israel where I had the extreme pleasure and privilege of teaching students in the Israeli cohort of the Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies program.

New Hebrew teacher keeps language living at Stevenson High School

August 22, 2016

Enrollment numbers for the new year are set at Stevenson High School, and director of world languages Justin Fisk is looking at an increasing number of students showing interest in the Hebrew language.

Providing Access to a Lifetime of Jewish Learning

August 16, 2016

Over the past two years, Spertus Institute — with support of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago — has convened a special network of Jewish community professionals: those responsible for planning and presenting Jewish learning opportunities for adults.

Spertus Welcomes Incoming Chairman Peter Bensinger, Jr.

August 15, 2016

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership proudly announces Peter Bensinger, Jr. as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. A thoughtful leader and passionate advocate for Spertus, Peter brings energy, enthusiasm, and a range of diverse talents to his new role.

Letter from the President — Fall 2016

August 1, 2016

Twice a year, the Jewish calendar urges us to confront the challenges of personal renewal. Likewise, at Spertus, we are mindful of the need for continued institutional renewal.

In Memoriam – Robert (Bud) Lifton

July 31, 2016

Spertus Institute mourns the loss of longtime trustee Robert ‘Bud’ Lifton. His leadership across the Chicago community was wide-ranging, heartfelt, impressive, and enduring. He will be missed here at Spertus and far beyond.

In Memoriam – Eric Joss

July 10, 2016

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership mourns the loss of our long-time trustee, Eric Joss. Eric was the embodiment of “mentschlikhkeit;” he was a gentleman of the highest order.

Spertus Transforms Gift Shop to Arts Lab

May 17, 2016

Changes are coming to the Spertus lobby. The space where the Spertus Shop has been located will re-open September 25 as a lab for Jewish art, artists, and the community.

Chicago Premiere Brundibar Revisited

March 24, 2016

Documentary Film Nominated for Prix Europa Premieres in Chicago May 5. Anne Frank Center Berlin says about Greta Klingsberg in Brundibar Revisited: “Her story has to be heard”

Lighting Learning and Libations

March 10, 2016

Members of Chicago’s Jewish community were recently treated to a taste of innovative work being done by young leaders who are transforming the Jewish future through their work with the Center for Jewish Leadership.