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Alumni Profile: Marilyn Diamond

December 5, 2018

Spertus Alumna Marilyn Diamond—MA in Jewish Communal Studies, 1982—is the Honorary Consul General for Morocco in Illinois. We recently sat down with Marilyn to look back at her Spertus experience, discuss her remarkable career, and hear her thoughts for the future.

Israeli Soul Cookbook Release Celebration

November 20, 2018

Chicago food legend Ina Pinkney will interview James Beard-winning Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, the team behind Philadelphia's acclaimed Zahav, on November 29 when they release their new cookbook, Israeli Soul.

Spertus Institute Welcomes New Trustees

November 14, 2018

Spertus Institute proudly welcomes two new members — Irena Friedgan and Stephen Wolff — to its Board of Trustees.

Spertus and Pittsburgh

October 28, 2018

We are horrified by 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 a welcoming, safe environment 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.

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.

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.

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.