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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.