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Jewish Leadership Programs

Jewish Leadership Programs

Are You Ready to Lead?

Josh Donner and Rachel Cort

The Jewish Community of the Future Needs You!

According to the The Leadership Pipelines Initiative, 75% to 90% of Jewish nonprofits must find new executive leadership in the next 5-7 years. Those new leaders will come from today's passionate, involved, creative, connected young adults. Those new leaders are you.

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership was launched to make sure you're ready. 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 serve future Jewish community needs. 

MA in Jewish Professional Studies

The MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) is a world-class graduate program designed to prepare the next generation of Jewish communal leaders. Fellowships are available to employees of Jewish organizations who begin the two-and-a-half-year-long program in Chicago this fall. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MAJPS>

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership is in partnership with Northwestern University. The four-module program is for professionals and lay leaders with at least five years of professional/management experience. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE IN JEWISH LEADERSHIP>

Beyond Chicago — 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. 

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.

Mazel Tov

Mazel tov to Spertus MA in Jewish Professional Studies alumni who have new roles and recognition. Louis Stromberg (top left) is Assistant Director of the B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp in Washington, DC. Lisette Zaid (top right) is helping launch the Chicago outpost of San Francisco-based UpStart. Chris Herman (middle row, left) is now Coordinator of Pittsburgh's Diller Teen Fellows Program. Aleeza Lubin, Director of Jewish Enrichment for BBYO (middle row, right) is a recent recipient of the Certificate in Jewish LeadershipJoshua Donner (bottom left — from our Pittsburgh cohort) is now Executive Director of the David S. and Karen A. Sharpira FoundationRachel Cort (bottom right) accepted a new position as Managing Director of Mishkan Chicago


Students, Alumni, and Fellows

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

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