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Message from Spertus Institute's President

Message from Spertus Institute's President


Message from Spertus Institute President Dr. Dean P. Bell 

At Spertus Institute, we are guided by values such as openness to all and a welcoming environment. We are also directed by the value of community responsibility. Underpinning these values is a commitment to justice and fairness, to the inherent worth and value of all people, the necessity of tolerance, and peaceful and respectful engagement across difference.

These ideas are beautifully captured in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), which reports that “Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel used to say: on three things does the world stand: On justice, on truth and on peace, as it is said: ‘execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates.’” (1:18) This statement was in turn based on a passage in Zechariah (8:16), which commends everyone to “speak the truth to one another, render true and perfect justice in your gates.”

It is in that spirit that Spertus supports justice, morality, and peace at this most challenging and tension-filled time of US history.


Dean P. Bell, PhD, is the 9th President and CEO of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Friday, May 29, 2020