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Lev Golinkin's Memoir Selected as Jewish Community 2015 One Book

July 27, 2015

Chicago’s Jewish community marks Jewish Book Month with "One Book | One Community" in which a single book is selected as the focus of activities throughout the city and suburbs. This year's selection is"A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka" by Lev Golinkin.

Spertus Welcomes Ellen Hattenbach as VP for External Relations

June 24, 2015

Strategy Expert and Community Leader Ellen Hattenbach joins the Spertus Institute staff in a new position created to foster opportunities for Jewish learning and advance initiatives that develop future community leaders.

Rabbi Dr. Byron Sherwin (1946-2015)

June 23, 2015

Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin, Spertus Institute Director of Doctoral Programs, died May 22 after a long illness. He was an internationally renowned Jewish theologian, ethicist, and scholar, and a prodigious author, who will be missed by students and colleagues around the globe.

From East Ridge to Vatican City

April 21, 2015

Mazel tov to Spertus Institute alumna Deborah Levine, whose book, "Teaching Curious Christians About Judaism," has been travelling in rarefied circles. And we're proud to say that this book began as her Jewish Studies thesis.

Jewish Community Networking Night

April 21, 2015

Once a year, Spertus Institute hosts a gathering for the professionals and volunteers who serve Jewish Chicago. This special evening provides an opportunity to network with colleagues, celebrate successes, and together learn new ways to advance the work we do to strengthen our communities.

Alumni Profile: Rachel Cort

April 13, 2015

Mazel Tov to Spertus Alumni Rachel Cort, the newest addition to the Mishkan Chicago team. Rachel most recently served as the Associate Director of jU Chicago, an innovative start-up organization she co-founded to empower Jewish students at the University of Chicago.

Shout-Out to Recipients of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership

March 1, 2015

Sponsored by Spertus in partnership with Northwestern University, this prestigious program prepares leaders to grow the organizations they serve. We congratulate the recipients on their achievement. 

Canadian Jewish Professionals Complete Innovative Leadership Program

January 23, 2015

Spertus Institute, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, proudly awarded its MA in Jewish Professional Studies degree to the program's second Canadian cohort.

Reflections on Hanukkah at the White House

December 22, 2014

When the invitation to attend the White House Hanukkah Party arrived, Spertus President Hal Lewis suspected one of his more tech-savvy friends was playing a joke. But the invitation was real and what he had at first believed to be a well-played deception turned out to be one of his life’s truly special moments. 

Alumni Profile: Lillian Brodkey, Class of 1937

December 17, 2014

In honor of Spertus Institute's 90th Anniversary, we are pleased to share remembrances from a remarkable woman whose studies with us in the 1930s launched a lifetime of Jewish leadership.