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Letter from the President — Winter 2016/2017

October 26, 2016

I recently returned from Israel where I had the extreme pleasure and privilege of teaching students in the Israeli cohort of the Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies program.

Interview with Author Irina Rey

October 20, 2016

Irina Reyn, author of "The Imperial Wife"—Chicago's 2017 Jewish Book Month selection—shares the story behind the book's intertwined plot lines as well as who she thinks should star in the movie.

Spertus Institute Welcomes Ionit Behar as Curator of Collections

October 20, 2016

Spertus Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Ionit Behar, PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois, as Curator of Collections.

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.

Moses on Transition Planning: Good Not Great

November 1, 2016

By Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis for eJewish Philanthropy — Inspired as we should be by Moses’ willingness to embrace his successor and effectuate a seamless transition, we must not permit the ancestor-veneration impulse to obfuscate what the text itself makes clear.

Recommendations for Jewish Book Month

October 13, 2016

Betsy Gomberg for JUF News —The two intertwining stories in this year's One Book | One Community selection — The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn — pivot around a centuries’ old Russian artifact.

New Hebrew teacher keeps language living at Stevenson High School

August 22, 2016

Enrollment numbers for the new year are set at Stevenson High School, and director of world languages Justin Fisk is looking at an increasing number of students showing interest in the Hebrew language.

Providing Access to a Lifetime of Jewish Learning

August 16, 2016

Over the past two years, Spertus Institute — with support of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago — has convened a special network of Jewish community professionals: those responsible for planning and presenting Jewish learning opportunities for adults.

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.

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.