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Letter from the President — Fall 2017

August 16, 2017

I have long believed that the identification and training of the next generation of leaders is critical to an organization’s future. This is not tangential; it is the definition of what it means to lead effectively.

Gender Issues

August 15, 2017

By Dr. Hal M. Lewis — As a Professor and the CEO of an Institute dedicated to growing lay and professional leaders, I am increasingly concerned that even our most enlightened programs are failing to address critical issues related to gender in the nonprofit workplace.

36 Ways Spertus Students & Alumni Are Changing the World

July 18, 2017

These 36 community-building leaders have studied at Spertus Institute. The work they do is necessary, far-reaching, and transformative — and it is changing the Jewish world.

Alumni Profile: Lillian Brodkey, Class of 1937

July 13, 2017

Happy 100th birthday to Spertus Alumna Lillian Brodkey, a remarkable woman whose studies with us in the 1930s launched a lifetime of Jewish learning and leadership.

Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

July 10, 2017

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership proudly welcomes four new members — Lauri Konik Zessar, Dr. Michele Sackheim Wein, Odette Olson, and Dr. Jessica Lederhausen — to its Board of Trustees.

Planning for Success(ion)

July 10, 2017

By Dr. Hal M. Lewis  — The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs.

Student Profile: Ellie Gettinger

July 1, 2017

Ellie Gettinger is the Education Director of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. As a student in Spertus Institute's graduate program for Jewish professionals, she's adding new knowledge to her already considerable expertise.

Israel: Many Voices

June 19, 2017

Illustrating the varied facets through which members of the Jewish community experience Israel, seven local storytellers took the stage in a remarkable program presented through a community-wide initiative. 

Sharing Stories of Israel and Creating Opportunities to Learn

June 19, 2017

Illustrating how members of our local community experience Israel, seven storytellers took the stage in a program engineered by a community-wide initiative.

The Issue of Loyalty

May 22, 2017

By Spertus CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis for eJewish Philanthropy — The issue of personal loyalty has so dominated the news that I want to offer some thoughts. Loyalty matters. We cannot do the difficult work that needs to be done if we are rowing in different directions.