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Center for Jewish Learning Programs

Center for Jewish Learning Programs

Rachel Cort, a graduate of the Spertus MAJPS program, now Managing Director, Mishkan Chicago

Are You Ready to Lead?

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities require great leaders, the Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute was launched to transform Jewish life by enhancing the abilities of Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders. 

What We Offer

The center presents opportunities to learn new skills, hone existing talents, and gain the expertise to foster a vibrant Jewish future.

Offerings — including graduate and certificate programs, master classes, and workshops — integrate deeper understanding of Jewish life, culture, and history with best practices from the worlds of business and nonprofit leadership. 

Exceptional faculty, mentors, and resources inspire new thinking with real-world application, providing tools for participants to advance the missions of the Jewish organizations they serve. 

In Chicago

In Chicago, enrollment is currently underway for the:


We also work with professionals and lay leaders outside the Chicago area, serving Jewish communities from Milwaukee to Montreal to Tel Aviv with programs customized to their region's needs. Contact Tal Rosen at or 312.322.1711 to learn more. 

Deanna DruckerSpeaking of lay leaders, we are especially proud of the unique ways in which we bring trustees and other volunteers together with professionals for combined learning experiences.

Read more from Deanna Drucker (left), past president of the Women's Board of the JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Insights from a Lay Leader>


The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants
from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Are you ready to lead?

About Spertus Students and Fellows

Spertus students and fellows serve as educators, program directors, administrators, advisors, lay leaders, camp directors, executives, fundraisers, and more. The agencies where they are making a difference include:

American Technion Society
Association for Independent Jewish Camps
Birthright Israel / Shorashim
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
JCC Chicago
Jewish Federation of Canada
Jewish National Fund
JUF/Jewish Federation of
    Metropolitan Chicago
Mishkan Chicago
North Suburban Synogugue Beth El
Solomon Schechter Day School
The Shapira Foundation
Union of Reform Judaism

Mazel Tov

Mazel tov to Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies alumni who have recently taken on important new roles. Rachel Cort (above left) accepted a new position as Managing Director of Mishkan Chicago

Joshua Donner

Joshua Donner (above — from our Pittsburgh cohort) is now Executive Director of the David S. and Karen A. Sharpira Foundation. Lisette Zaid will be joining the new Chicago outpost of San Francisco-based UpStart. And Karin Martin will be filling Lisette's former shoes as the Director of the Lewis Summer Intern Program. We look forward to working with all of them in their new positions!