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Director of AJC in Berlin to speak on the surge of violent antisemitism in Europe

March 2, 2015

In response to the intensification of antisemitic violence in Europe, Spertus will host expert Deidre Berger, Director of AJC Berlin, to discuss the options and challenges for Jews in Europe. 

From East Ridge to Vatican City

February 24, 2015

Mazel tov to Spertus Institute alumna Deborah Levine, whose book, "Teaching Curious Christians About Judaism" has been travelling in rarefied circles.


Shout-Out to Recipients of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership

February 23, 2015

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership, sponsored by Spertus in partnership with Northwestern University, is a prestigious program that prepares leaders to grow the organizations they serve. 

Jewish Leadership Training: Insights from a Lay Leader

November 4, 2014

To bolster the skills I acquired from my years of fundraising and administrative work, I needed credibility and certification. I came into the Spertus program expecting to receive just that. I came away with so much more.

A New Understanding of the Tragic Voyage of the SS St Louis

March 20, 2015

In 1939, the SS St. Louis sailed from Hamburg bound for Havana. On board were 900 Jews attempting to flee Nazi Germany. After being turned away by Cuba, the US, and Canada, the ship was forced to return to Europe.

Upcoming Author Events

March 17, 2015

By Betsy Gomberg for JUF News — Do you, like me, dream of seeing a friend or family member unplug whatever glowing device they are usually staring into long enough to get lost in a good story or be wowed by exploring something longer than a BuzzFeed list?

Jay Goltz To Teach New Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership

February 10, 2015

Beginning March 16, a select group of small business owners and those percolating ideas for new businesses will have the opportunity to spend nine Monday evenings with local entrepreneur Jay Goltz.

Andrew Patner (1959-2015)

February 3, 2015

Veteran Chicago journalist Andrew Patner, a bright light on the local arts and culture scene for decades, died unexpectedly last Tuesday at 55.

Canadian Jewish Professionals Complete Innovative Leadership Program

January 30, 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.

Sometimes It’s About The Way We Tie Our Shoelaces

January 26, 2015

Kicking off discussion about Jewish organizational life in 2015, this piece by Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis appeared as the first eJewish Philanthropy post of the new year.