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New Discoveries for Spertus Students

January 27, 2021

With Dr. Ben Outhwaite of Cambridge University, Spertus Institute students are exploring remarkable texts from the Cairo Ben Ezra Genizah and uncovering what they tell us about Jewish history and the cultural dynamics of medieval Cairo.


January 20, 2021

Spertus Institute has added a new course to our curriculum: Jewish Peoplehood, taught by Dr. Shlomi Ravid and Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz. Spertus is a pioneer in bringing this subject to professionals working in the field.

Spertus welcomes Amie Barrish

January 19, 2021

Amie Barrish recently joined the Spertus Institute team as Assistant Director for Recruitment. Not one to let anything slow her down, she is already creatively matching future Spertus students with programs that will change their lives.

Statement from the President — January 2021

January 7, 2021

There is important work to be done to heal and advance, to engage in constructive dialogue to move us forward, to take responsibility for the welfare of our fellow citizens, and to maintain the very fabric of our society.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

January 5, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University. Due to high demand, two cohorts will begin in 2021, with a choice of formats.

Coronavirus Update for Spertus Institute Friends and Patrons

October 1, 2020

We have joined our neighbors across Chicago in an effort to slow the escalating impact of COVID-19. As staff and faculty gradually and safely return to our facility, we continue to offer a variety of programming online. 

Letter from the President — Fall 2020

August 31, 2020

In response to the many challenges in the world today, we have the opportunity to form community around positive values and actions, develop strong relationships, take responsibility, and build our resillience. 

Spertus Students & Alumni Changing the World

August 28, 2020

It would take more than a global pandemic to keep our resilient Spertus students and alumni from changing the world. These inspiring leaders use their Spertus training to push forward, even in these dark times.

Responding to Coronavirus

August 27, 2020

Dr. Dean P Bell unearths lessons from history for responding to COVID-19. Bell, author of "Plague in the Early Modern World: A Documentary History," has been serving as an expert on pandemic history for media during the current crisis.

Learning in the Time of Coronavirus: A Message from Sherry Knazan

August 26, 2020

We were so touched by this heartfelt message from Spertus Institute Doctoral student (and MA in Jewish Studies alumna) Sherry Knazan, of Petaluma, CA, that we had to share it with you.