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

March 20, 2015

To mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) author and radio personality Martin Goldsmith will discuss his new book, "Alex’s Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis to Flee Nazi Germany, and a Grandson's Journey of Love and Remembrance," on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Spertus Institute at 7 pm. 

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?

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. 

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. 

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.

Sometimes It’s About The Way We Tie Our Shoelaces

January 26, 2015

Kicking off discussion about Jewish organizational life in 2015.

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.

Four Questions For The New Year About The Way We Do Business

January 5, 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.

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.