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New Program for Midwestern Jewish Communities

New Program for Midwestern Jewish Communities

Spertus Institute Launches Customized Curriculum for
Employees of Midwestern Jewish Community Organizations

Reprinted from eJewish Philanthropy, an online publication serving the professional Jewish community.

Spertus Institute’s MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) is a career-boosting Jewish educational opportunity. First piloted in Chicago ten years ago, the program advances the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community.

Over the past decade, the program has been tailored to serve Jewish communities in Canada, Israel, and several U.S. states. A Midwest Regional Cohort of the MAJPS program will begin this spring, specifically for employees of Jewish organizations in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, as well as those who serve Jewish communities in Illinois outside the Chicago area.

For this cohort, a curriculum has been designed to address the needs of Midwestern Jewish communities ranging in size from 5,000 to 55,000.

Applications are now being accepted. Fellowships are available to cover up to 65% of costs for qualified students admitted by March 26, 2018.

The program is geared toward busy, working adults. Courses are taught by distinguished faculty with real-world expertise, through onsite seminars at the Spertus Institute campus in Chicago and online coursework. The emphasis is on material that is immediately applicable to students’ careers.

Students progress through the program with a cohort of fellow professionals, building a network of partners and colleagues. The program can be completed in just over two years. Students are each paired with a professional mentor as a core component of the program.

Those interested in the program – for themselves or members of their staff – should contact Spertus Institute Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert at or 312.322.1707. More about the program can be found online at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018