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Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

May 15, 2020

Spertus Institute is thrilled to welcome two accomplished local leaders—Shelley Stern Grach and Dr. Alicia Gejman—to its Board of Trustees. Both have impressive backgrounds in nonprofit board experience and have studied in Spertus graduate programs.

Coronavirus Update for Spertus Institute Friends and Patrons

April 24, 2020

We have joined our neighbors across Chicago in an effort to slow the escalating impact of COVID-19. Staff and faculty are working offsite, but we continue to offer a variety of programming online. 

Introducing Elana G. Kahn, Associate Dean for Outreach

April 17, 2020

Spertus proudly introduces Elana Kahn, new Associate Dean for Outreach. Kahn is a veteran communal professional and alumna of Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Professional Studies program.

Jen Weigel Show: Interview with Dr. Dean P. Bell

April 13, 2020

Hear Spertus President Dr. Dean P. Bell interviewed about how past pandemics can help us contextualize what we are going through today, including where we might find some hope in lessons from the past.

Responses to Climate Change: Resources and Recommendations

February 26, 2020

Spertus presented Responses to Climate Change as the 2020 installment of its Critical Conversations series. The following resources—from our speakers and the Spertus team—are designed to keep the conversation going. 

Jewish Education is an Essential Service

May 26, 2020

Elena Kahn, Spertus Institute's new Associate Dean for Outreach, explains why she upended her life during a global pandemic to tackle a new challenge. The answer lies in understanding what is essential.

Responding to Coronavirus

May 19, 2020

Dr. Dean P Bell unearths lessons from Jewish 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.

Now More Than Ever We Must Speak the Language of Values

March 31, 2020

Jewish nonprofit organizations' response to the Covid-19 pandemic is inspiring. Real leadership must infuse these deeds with deeper meaning by speaking the language of our values.

Tips for Using Zoom

March 25, 2020

At Spertus Institute, we have a long history of offering high-quality remote programming. As experienced Zoom users, we’ve assembled some of our favorite tips and resources.

ViewPoints: Interreligious Dialogue

March 24, 2020

The same keys that could unlock potential solutions on a global scale might also increase harmony at your neighborhood’s school board meeting, with colleagues from the other side of the political spectrum, or around your family’s dinner table.