Vision for Our Second Century

Spertus Institute aims to strengthen Jewish life around the world through relevant, high-impact Jewish learning that addresses today’s needs, and prepares Jewish communities for the future.

We recently completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, resulting in an important plan for our future. We’ve undertaken this work as we look ahead to 2024, when Spertus Institute will reach a milestone: 100 years.

In our planning, we evaluated our strengths and conducted a scan of the key academic areas in which we work: Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Communal Studies. We researched educational innovations and networked with industry leaders to understand the emerging needs of those we serve.

We identified two areas where our expertise and potential are most significant. From these, flow our two interconnected strategic goals:

Deliver High-Impact Jewish Learning

Spertus is positioning itself to be the leading center for applied Jewish learning, providing Jewish learning that is rich, relevant, and far-reaching, with real-world application and the power to address pressing issues within and beyond the Jewish community.

Increase Access

We will build on our longstanding service to the Chicago Jewish community and our increasingly global reach to expand programmatically and geographically, providing worldwide access to impactful, intellectually uncompromising Jewish learning.

We are committed to creativity, innovation, and risk-tolerance, which will inform new, scalable programs and products developed for impact and reach.

We are already rolling out compelling components of this new plan, and hope you will take pride — and part — in our new programs, partnerships, and plans for the future.