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Spertus Announces Midcareer Fellowships

Spertus Announces Midcareer Fellowships

Scholarships are now available
for midcareer students
who begin Spertus Institute’s graduate program
Jewish Professional Studies this fall. 

(CHICAGO) Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is pleased to announce the Midcareer Fellowships. Through a generous grant, scholarships are now available to students who begin the Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program in the fall of 2013.  

The fellowships are for students who are committed to the field of Jewish communal service and have worked in a Jewish communal setting. Those selected will also participate in the Midcareer Fellows Annual Conference, with their expenses covered.

Dr. Dean P. Bell, Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Academic Officer, said the Fellowships address a critical need in today’s economy. “Committed professionals working in the Jewish communal benefit greatly from the relevant and inspirational leadership training opportunities that the graduate programs at Spertus provide,” he said, “but no matter how beneficial, the nonprofit agencies and organizations for which they work just don’t have the funds available to support career development for their employees.”  

The scholarships available for the MAJPS program at Spertus are part of a national fellowship program for working professionals in Jewish education or Jewish communal service who wish to enhance their management and pedagogic skills, as well as deepen their Jewish knowledge. Spertus is in excellent company; the other institutions receiving fellowship funds are American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Baltimore Hebrew Institute of Townson University, Gratz College in Philadelphia, and Hebrew College in Boston.

The Spertus MAJPS program is a new model of learning and training for Jewish professionals. It offers core courses in the areas of classical and contemporary Jewish knowledge that are most relevant to Jewish communal life today, combined with essential professional skills development, concentration courses, mentoring, and individualized study to advance students’ personal and professional interests.

Application materials for both for the MAJPS program and the Midcareer Fellowship are available on the Spertus Institute website. Fellowship funds are limited and will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs — including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts — take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online. For more information, please visit

Spertus Institute is a partner in serving the community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Friday, April 12, 2013