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Irina Reyn, author of "The Imperial Wife"—Chicago's 2016 Jewish Book Month selection—shares the story behind the book's intertwined plot lines as well as who she thinks should star in the movie.
Betsy Gomberg for JUF News —The two intertwining stories in this year's One Book | One Community selection — The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn — pivot around a centuries’ old Russian artifact.
On October 9, 2016, community leaders, friends, and colleagues came together at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership to recognize an act of bold community leadership by Arvrum Gray and his family.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.