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Jewish Learning Professionals Group

September 30, 2015

By Ali Drumm for JUF News — I have been fortunate to participate in a new program designed to forge an organized, adept community of those who plan and present Jewish programs for the Chicago-area.

Harvard ‘Happiness’ Professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar Speaks at Spertus about Creating Great Places to Work

September 30, 2015

JUF News — Thanks to a new initiative at Spertus Institute, this fall Chicagoans will have a rare opportunity to spend an afternoon learning from the author of BEING HAPPY, HAPPIER (a New York Times bestseller), and CHOOSE THE LIFE YOUR WANT.

Milwaukee Avenue Merchant Family Focus of New Jewish-American Exhibit

September 29, 2015

By Alisa Hauser for DNAinfo Chicago — The son of a third-generation merchant has put his family's experiences into a personal history show that documents the Jewish-American clan, from peddling shoes on Maxwell Street to operating stores along Wicker Park's Milwaukee Avenue.

People of the Books: Refugees Who Could Be Us

September 8, 2015

Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — This year's Jewish Book Month selection focuses on a past wave of refugees. Along with it, we recognize the stories of those seeking refuge today.

People of the Books: New books and visiting authors

September 8, 2015

Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — A number of prominent Jewish authors will be visiting Chicago in the coming months to talk about new and notable books.

12 Area Artists Selected for Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

August 26, 2015

The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab creates connections and inspires new work. Twelve Chicago-area artists have been selected to participate and Spertus Institute will present an exhibit of their work in 2016.

Coming to America: Stories of Jewish Journeys

August 12, 2015

By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — Lev Golinkin is part of a contingent of impressive writers whose experiences as Jewish immigrants from Soviet Russia has inspired their writing.

Jewish Chicago’s 36 Under 36

August 11, 2015

Spertus students, alumni, faculty members, and staff are among the forward-thinking young adults paving the way for a vibrant Jewish future. Honorees include educators, advocates, and activists.

Professional Development: If Not, Why Not?

August 4, 2015

Continuing the discussion about Jewish leadership, in an OpEd for eJewishPhilanthropy.com, Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis shares his thoughts on the need for professional development in the Jewish community. 

Letter from the President — Fall 2015

August 3, 2015

There is something powerful about regularly articulating a sense of appreciation for the blessings we have received. The start of a new year offers a particularly poignant opportunity to do just that.