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Lay Leadership Academy

Lay Leadership Academy

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Call 312.322.1773 if you have ticketing questions.

The Lay Leadership Academy is for Presidents, Board Members, and Committee Leaders of Jewish Organizations.

On a board or committee of a Jewish organization? Thinking about joining one? The Lay Leadership Academy gives you the grounding you need to serve in a time of rapid changes in the Jewish world.

Dr. Leonard Saxe, one of the leading scholars on the state of Jewish communal life in North America, led an afternoon presentation titled The Guide for Perplexed Trustees: An Expert Road Map to the Changing American Jewish Landscape. Dr. Saxe shared research and insight on the challenges that Jewish organizations face today and the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead.

Attendees were able to walk away with a toolkit of constructive, feasible ways that — as a volunteer leaders — can contribute to the growth and success of the organizations you love.

Breakout sessions followed the presentation, taught by topic experts:


Leonard SaxeDr. Leonard Saxe is the Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Brandeis University, where he directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute. Dr. Saxe is a social psychologist who leads research on Jewish identity, education, and socio-demography. He has been a Fulbright Professor at the University of Haifa, a science fellow for the United States Congress, and received the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions in the Public Interest.

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Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and
volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and gain
the expertise to foster a vibrant
Jewish future. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish leadership series
  • Annual leadership symposium
  • Innovation and collaboration awards 


Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.