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Spertus and Pittsburgh

October 28, 2018

We are horrified by the tragic and senseless attacks that took place in Pittsburgh. As an institution of Jewish learning and leadership, we pledge to redouble our efforts to spread knowledge and foster open, welcoming, and safe environments for constructive conversation and learning.

In Memoriam—Dr. Howard A. Sulkin

October 26, 2018

Spertus Institute mourns the loss of Dr. Howard A. Sulkin, the Institute’s President and CEO from 1984 to 2009. Under his leadership, Spertus greatly expanded its offerings to foster learning through both traditional means and through arts and culture.

Inauguration of Spertus Institute 9th President

October 21, 2018

Dr. Dean P. Bell was inaugurated as President and CEO Spertus Institute in a heartwarming ceremony on October 21, 2018. Dr. Bell becomes the ninth President in the Institute’s 94-year history.

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas

October 5, 2018

Named for a Budapest collection of statues from communist dictatorships, Memento Park is a story of discovery written with sly humor. Its author, Mark Sarvas, will be in Chicago for three appearances in conjunction with Jewish Book Month.

Spertus Launches Mountain-Southwest Regional Cohort

July 6, 2018

A Mountain-Southwest regional cohort of Spertus Institute's MA in Jewish Professional Studies will serve young professionals from Jewish organizations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership

October 10, 2018

Spertus Institute, in partnership with Northwestern University, offers the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, a four-component program proven to enhance the abilities of Jewish leaders. Now accepting applications for fall 2018.

An Interview with Spertus Institute Architect Mark Sexton

August 29, 2018

Architect Mark P. Sexton is a Founding Principal of Krueck + Sexton Architects, the firm that designed the award-winning Spertus Institute building. Read an interview with him, conducted for the building's tenth anniversary.


August 27, 2018

Following best practice in leadership transitions, Dr. Hal M. Lewis spent some time away from the office while Dr. Dean P. Bell, Hal’s successor as Spertus Institute President and CEO, officially started his new role. Here he reflects on his time away.

Community Connections: Spertus Welcomes New Trustees

August 27, 2018

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership proudly welcomes CPA David Elyashar, a partner at Wipfli LLP in Chicago, and attorney Sharon Kohn, Senior Legal Editor at Thomson Reuters, to its Board of Trustees.

Global Impact

August 27, 2018

Spertus Institute's people and programs 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.