Spertus Institute
Board of Trustees

Spertus Trustees are passionate about our mission and dedicated to those we serve.

Our Board is comprised of remarkable community leaders who support and challenge us, hold us accountable, and encourage us to dream.

Their generous contributions of time, expertise, enthusiasm, and financial resources enable us to do transformative work in Chicago and around the world. With their support, Spertus Institute provides global access to Jewish learning that has real impact, Jewish learning that helps build a better world.


Harold Israel, Chairman
Odette Olson, Secretary
Bruce Werner, Treasurer
Dr. Sharon L. Silverman,
   Immediate Past Chairperson
Dr. Dean P. Bell, President & CEO


Donna E. Barrows
Dr. Dean P. Bell, Ex Officio
Peter Bensinger, Jr.
Barbara Grant Bereskin
Bruce Crane
Irena Friedgan
Phillip Gordon
Shelley Stern Grach
Avrum Gray
Bruce Hecktman
Harold Israel



Blair Klein
Dr. Don Kleinmuntz
Michael Markman
Mark F. Mehlman
Odette Olson
Monica Perlman
Dr. Sharon L. Silverman
Michael Spertus
Philip Spertus
Bruce D. Werner
Stephen Wolff