Spertus Institute’s Centennial Commencement

Spertus Graduation 2024

2024 Graduation Ceremony & Celebratory Reception

Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 2 PM Central

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago

Since 1924, Spertus Institute has been dedicated to learning that is rich, rigorous, and deeply relevant to the issues that shape our world. Graduate and certificate programs serve adult learners from around the world, who benefit from our culture of innovation, flexibility, inclusivity, creativity, intellectual adventurousness, and academic excellence. Those who learn at Spertus spark change in communities around the world. Their work impacts every aspect of Jewish life.

At this year’s commencement, we will celebrate students from these degree programs:
MA in Jewish Professional Studies
Regional, North American, and Executive Cohorts
MA in Jewish Studies

Graduation Address

The graduation address will be delivered by Rebecca Minkus Lieberman, co-founder and executive director of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, a home for transformative Jewish learning and spiritual practice. A Jewish leader and educator for more than 25 years, Lieberman serves as the educational director of the Peaceful Parent Project. Like today’s graduates, she is also an adult student, studying in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s rabbinic ordination program.

Candidates for Graduation

MA in Jewish Studies

Shelley Stern Grach
MA, Business
Central Michigan University

MA in Jewish Professional Studies

Graduates represent Regional, North American, and Executive cohorts. We are extremely grateful for the Legacy Heritage Midcareer Fellowship support of MAJPS graduates. 

Anaël Abitbol
BC, Human Resource Management
Concordia University, Montreal

Amram Altzman
BA, Jewish History & Sociology
The Jewish Theological Seminary & Columbia University

Alexis Doctor
Diploma, Marketing & Sales
Langara College, Vancouver

Russell Gottschalk
BA, Music & Film
Emory University

Lauren Michelle Grossman
BA, Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sari Hendleman Menaker
BEd, Teaching Arts
Emunah College, Jerusalem

Adam G. Hirsh
BBA, Management Information Systems, Management and Strategic Leadership
Ohio University

Dr. Audra Kaplan
PsyD, Clinical Psychology
Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Joel Samuel Lewison
BA, Political Science
University of Oregon

Victoria Fulcher Raggs
BA, Speech Communication & Journalism
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Samantha Raizen Walsh
BA, History
Brandeis University

Melissa Rivkin
BA, History
Barnard College, Columbia University

Sarah Emily Scheinman
BA, Political Science
Dickinson College

Talia Tor
BA, International Relations
Boston University

Hillary Zaken
BA, Religion & Jewish Studies
Bard College

Graduates in absentia

Lisa Apfelberg
Master’s of Social Work
Smith College, Northampton, MA

Noach Pawliger
Georgia State University


We look forwarding to marking this significant step in our graduates’ lives!

For registration assistance, accommodations, or questions concerning graduation, contact Kara Fingard at kfingard@spertus.edu or 312.322.1734.


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