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In the Interest of Conflicts

January 3, 2017

By Spertus President & CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis for eJewish Philanthropy: For those seeking to be the best leaders we can be — in businesses, communal, and religious organizations — partisan bloviation obfuscates the larger point.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying About the Maccabees and Love Hanukkah

December 21, 2016

It's our pleasure to share this piece by Barbara Brotman for the Forward. Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis is one of the experts from whom she sought solace in her quest to cure her Hanukkah angst.

Voices of Wisdom exhibit in the Ground Level Arts Lab

December 12, 2016

With a crowd of artists and admirers in attendance, Spertus Institute opened the doors to its new 1,600-square-foot programmatic space for Jewish art, artists, and the community.

Higher Learning in a Changing Jewish World

December 12, 2016

An interview about Jewish leadership in today's world with Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis from the November/December 2016 issue of Moment Magazine.

Commencement Remarks

December 4, 2016

Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis gave a moving commencement speech for students graduating in December 2016.

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.

Interview with Author Irina Rey

October 20, 2016

Irina Reyn, author of "The Imperial Wife"—Chicago's 2016 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 and Exhibitions

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 and Exhibitions.

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.

Bold Leadership in Action

October 9, 2016

On October 9, 2016, community leaders, friends, and colleagues came together at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership to recognize an act of bold community leadership by Arvrum Gray and his family.