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Spertus Welcomes Incoming Chairman Peter Bensinger, Jr.

August 15, 2016

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.

Executive Excellence

August 11, 2016

Participants in the Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies are studying with experts from around the world who understand both the theory and practice of leading in today’s highly complex Jewish world.

Letter from the President — Fall 2016

August 1, 2016

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.

In Memoriam – Robert (Bud) Lifton

July 31, 2016

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.

In Memoriam – Eric Joss

July 10, 2016

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership mourns the loss of our long-time trustee, Eric Joss. Eric was the embodiment of “mentschlikhkeit;” he was a gentleman of the highest order.

Spertus Transforms Gift Shop to Arts Lab

May 17, 2016

Changes are coming to the Spertus lobby. The space where the Spertus Shop has been located will re-open September 25 as a lab for Jewish art, artists, and the community.

Chicago Premiere Brundibar Revisited

March 24, 2016

Documentary Film Nominated for Prix Europa Premieres in Chicago May 5. Anne Frank Center Berlin says about Greta Klingsberg in Brundibar Revisited: “Her story has to be heard”

Lighting Learning and Libations

March 10, 2016

Members of Chicago’s Jewish community were recently treated to a taste of innovative work being done by young leaders who are transforming the Jewish future through their work with the Center for Jewish Leadership.

Adult Jewish Learning

February 29, 2016

Dean P. Bell for JUF News — Adult humans are complicated, to say the least. They navigate numerous competing goals and priorities. They possess varied personal identities, interests, strengths, and needs, not only from one another but over time.

Attorney Turned Chaplain

February 5, 2016

One late evening, I was at my office. It was quiet and I found myself staring out at the Chicago skyline. I became painfully aware that I had many trappings of success, but I did not feel successful. Something was missing.