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Lay Leadership Academy

January 10, 2018

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

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.

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.

Commencement Remarks from Israel

September 4, 2017

Read the graduation address that Spertus President and 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. 

New Program for Mid-Sized 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.

One Book | One Community 2017

October 24, 2017

In this year's pick, Windy City Blues, author Renée Rosen slyly knits a small crew of fictional characters into the real lives of musical icons Muddy Waters, Etta James, and Chuck Berry, along with Leonard and Phil Chess of Chess Records.

Jim Joseph Foundation Invests

October 23, 2017

The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced a $23.7 million investment in 21 organizations to address two critical areas in Jewish education: Educator Professional Development and Leadership Development.