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Critical Conversations

February 7, 2018

Jewish tradition is replete with examples of passionate yet respectful engagement. This is the background against which Spertus Institute launches our Critical Conversations series on March 18, generously funded by the late Eric Joss.

Critical Conversations

January 10, 2018

Front-page issues from gun rights to immigration reform are among those to be addressed by former Governors Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) and Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) in the inaugural Critical Conversations event, presented by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

New Program for Midwestern Jewish Communities

December 23, 2017

A cohort of Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Professional Studies will serve employees of Jewish organizations in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Commencement Remarks from Israel

September 4, 2017

Read the graduation address that Spertus CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis delivered to the first group of Israelis to complete Spertus Institute's acclaimed professional leadership program. These are the first Israeli graduates in the Institute's 93-year-history. 

CGN Interview Series: Ionit Behar, Spertus Institute

February 7, 2018

Each week CGN interviews a local art industry professional to discuss the ins and outs of running a gallery in the city of Chicago. This week we caught up with Ionit Behar, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Lay Leadership Academy

January 10, 2018

On Sunday, February 4, Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership will offer a three-hour boot camp for the dedicated members of our community who serve as presidents, board members, and volunteer committee leaders of Jewish organizations.

Chicago Jewish Community Professionals Receive Leadership Degree

December 26, 2017

Eight accomplished professionals from Chicago’s Jewish community received the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies, an honor they earned as part of a cohort of colleagues with whom they have been studying and learning for two years.

Milwaukee Community Professionals Receive Leadership Degree

December 19, 2017

Eight accomplished professionals from Milwaukee’s Jewish community received the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies, an honor they earned as part of a cohort of colleagues with whom they have been studying and learning for two years.

Sunday Cinema

December 13, 2017

Sunday Cinema features a trio of new films about music and the Jewish experience. This mini Jewish Film Festival takes place over three Sundays in February, highlighting films Chicago audiences wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.

Letter from the President — Winter 2017/2018

November 13, 2017

What do gender inequity and political incivility have in common? For starters, both are plaguing our society. And because they effect the American Jewish community, Spertus Institute has a responsibility to shine a light on them.