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Letter from the President
Letter from the President
Dear Members of the Spertus Family:
One of the great joys of my presidency is getting to know our students. With consistency, these are some of the most interesting and impressive individuals I have ever met. Spertus graduate students come from 26 U.S. states and 9 foreign countries. Many already have advanced degrees in fields ranging from engineering to law, from medicine to business administration, before they ever apply to Spertus. Yet even with such impressive backgrounds, they embark upon a rigorous course of study in pursuit of a graduate degree in Jewish Studies, Jewish Professional Studies, or Nonprofit Management. Many of our students are not Jewish, but appreciate the academic opportunities afforded them in a Spertus degree program. Within several years of receiving their diplomas, graduates repeatedly point to their studies at Spertus as among the top reasons for promotions and career advancement.
The decision to pursue a Masters or a Doctorate at Spertus is not the same as entering graduate school right out of college. Most of our students are already working full time, often in demanding positions. In addition to professional obligations, many have family commitments as well. After challenging days at work, when they would surely like to enjoy their time at home, our students tackle complex readings, papers, and class projects.
Despite the demands, post-collegiate adult learners continue to come to Spertus for their graduate education. Some because they appreciate the nondenominational approach to Jewish Studies, which has always been central to our mission. Others treasure Spertus for our signature blend of theory and practice, our commitment to marrying the lofty towers of academe with the pragmatics of daily life. Still others turn to Spertus because our innovative use of technology and creative approach to coursework responds, with agility, to the needs of busy 21st-century adults.
Among its many names, the festival of Pesach is known in Hebrew as chag he-avi — the spring holiday. The spring, of course, is the season of rebirth and renewal. Arguably, it is the perfect time to consider going back to school, a time to rejuvenate (or should I say re-Jew-venate) the mind and the soul. If you have always thought about a return to graduate studies, delay no further. Visit our academic section for a full listing of Spertus degree programs. Make an appointment to speak with our academic department in person or on the phone. Discover what Spertus students have known for more than 85 years — a Spertus degree is an unparalleled and transformative experience — for you, for your family, and for your community.
And if this is not the time for you to consider a graduate degree, Spertus still has many things to challenge and excite you. Sign up for a conference on the State of American Jewish Belief. See the newest chapter of our evolving exhibit on Chicago Jewish history. Or hear music written in Theresienstadt brought to life. In this season of renewal, Spertus, the Center for Jewish Learning and Culture, has something fresh and vital for you.
Warm wishes for a meaningful Passover holiday.
Dr. Hal M. Lewis is President and CEO
of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies