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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.

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.

Letter from the President — Fall 2018

August 10, 2018

Over the course of this academic year, we will grapple with the theme of responsibility from many different vantage points in a wide range of programs, says Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell. 

One Book Author Update

July 5, 2018

Each year Chicago marks Jewish Book Month with One Book | One Community, in which a single book is chosen for discussions and events across the community. As we plan this year's programs, here’s a look at what our past authors have been up to.

Thoughts on Succession

May 14, 2018

After ten years, stepping down from the Presidency of Spertus Institute is a decision I reflect upon with pride. While I normally eschew personal reflections, I hope that by sharing some of my experiences I can be helpful to others exploring similar issues.

New Jewish Leaders

May 11, 2018

Spertus Institute announces a new cohort of communal professionals admitted to the prestigious executive-level version of its respected MA in Jewish Professional Studies program. Students represent 11 organizations from 10 communities.

Yiddish Yesterday and Today

May 3, 2018

For centuries in Jewish communities in Europe and beyond, Yiddish was a key part of life. To explore and share its rich history, Jewish organizations from across greater Chicago have come together to present a series of programs highlighting Yiddish language, literature, history, and film.