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Global Impact

Global Impact

Programs with Global Impact

The people and programs of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership increasingly touch Jewish communities around the world. From its beautiful base in Chicago, where it has served the local and regional community since 1924, Spertus initiatives today have true global reach.

Europe, Russia, and the Former Soviet Union
As part of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Kaplan Leadership Initiative, Spertus is training mentors and offering online courses for students who serve Jewish communities in Europe, Russia, and the Former Soviet Union. In October, students will come together at Spertus for their first Global Leadership Seminar.

A new regional cohort of our MA in Jewish Professional Studies began in April. In it are 12 young and mid-career professionals who live in Jewish communities of fewer than 55,000. They serve organizations in six states — IL, IN, MI, KY, OH, and TN — and have already formed a close network on which they’ll rely for years to come.

A new regional cohort of our MA in Jewish Professional Studies will begin in 2019 serving Rocky Mountain and Southwest communities. We are currently accepting applications from AZ, CO, OK, NM, NV, TX, and UT.

In July, Spertus Institute President Dr. Dean P. Bell participated in the Seminar for New College Presidents at Harvard University, with 49 peers representing institutions from the College of William and Mary to the US Air Force Academy. Dean reported that he was inspired by the experience, particularly how “students and learning are at the heart of every institution, regardless of size or focus.” He added, “learning about contexts and concerns at other institutions made me truly appreciate the nature of our work, the excellence of our offerings, and the talents of our trustees, faculty, and staff.”

A painting from the Spertus Institute collection, The Raising of the Law in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam by Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon, was escorted to the City Museum Simeonstift in Trier, Germany, by Spertus Curator of Collections Ionit Behar. It is there for an exhibition on life in Europe during the time of Karl Marx, who was born in Trier 200 years ago.

Spertus Institute Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Keren Fraiman shared her nuanced expertise about Israel at the Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly 2018. She taught sessions about the landscape of Israel education and about building lay leader support for conflict education.

Chicago and Beyond
Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership has been selected for the 2018 Slingshot Guide, putting it among North America’s top 50 Jewish innovators in Jewish organizational life.

Monday, August 27, 2018