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Pauline Yearwood for The Chicago Jewish News — When Hal Lewis took over as president and CEO of a financially troubled Spertus Institute three and a half years ago, he found that many people both inside and outside of Chicago’s Jewish community knew about Spertus, but were unsure of just what it did.
By Gila Wertheimer for Chicago Jewish Star — On a frigid and gloomy Sunday afternoon some 300 people were entertained and stimulated by best-selling author Jonathan Safron Foer, who spoke about his work, his life, and influences on both.
By Lewis Lazare for Chicago Business Journal — To help clarify and sharpen its mission, the 90-year-old, Chicago-based Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning has launched a new brand identity. Effective immediately, the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning will be known as the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.
From JTA: The Global News Service of the Jewish People — The Jewish academic center is now the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, media reported this week.
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis for Spertus Institute — I am very pleased to share a series of changes designed to clarify our mission, focus our energies, and more sharply define our work.
By Lori Finkel for Spertus — Louis Stromberg, a recent transplant from the DC area, is the first student to simultaneously take the Nonprofit Management and Jewish Professional Studies degree tracks.
By Jon Catlin for The Chicago Maroon — To one 35-year-old writer, genre seems no obstacle. In fact, it seems almost a meaningless concept. Jonathan Safran Foer speaks at Chicago’s Spertus Center for Jewish Learning & Culture.
By Stefanie Pervos Bregman for JUF News — Author Jonathan Safran Foer talks about inspiration and how his Judaism impacts his writing.
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis for eJewish Philanthropy — The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs. Similarly, American Jewish groups must cease the dysfunctional practice of parachuting people into positions of communal responsibility just because they have been successful in business.
By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — In Tales, Myths, and Nightmares, artist and historian Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern introduces a cast of characters he says are “irreducible,” like the spare style and primary colors he uses to set his scenes.