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Hal M. Lewis

Hal M. Lewis

Spertus Institute President and CEO | Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies

Hal M. Lewis is the eighth President and Chief Executive Officer of Spertus Institute. Before assuming the Presidency in July of 2009, he held positions as Spertus' Chief Operating Officer and Dean of Continuing Education. In addition, he holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Spertus, where he earned his Doctor of Jewish Studies degree. Dr. Lewis is a recognized authority on leadership and has published widely on the subject in both the popular press and scholarly journals. He has lectured at universities from Brandeis to the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a popular scholar-in-residence for congregations and communal organizations.

Before coming to Spertus, Professor Lewis served as the President and CEO of the Columbus Jewish Federation, the executive director of a major synagogue in Cincinnati and the executive director of the American Sephardi Federation in New York. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati and in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.

Certificate in Jewish Leadership
Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies
Jewish Professional Studies

DJS, Spertus Institute


Models and Meanings in the History of Jewish Leadership

From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership

Dr. Hal M. Lewis' blog, The Leading Edge, covers Judaism, leaders, and leadership. FIND IT HERE>

Research Interests

Jewish Leadership
Contemporary Jewish Studies
Jewish Professional Studies


This American Jewish Life
Role of Israel in Jewish Life
Shared Power: Jewish Leadership and Lay-Professional Relations