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SPERTUS COLLEGE OF JUDAICA

Learn. Lead. Inspire.

aka Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.spertus.edu

Mission

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the multifaceted Jewish experience. Through innovative public programming, exhibit, collections, research facilities, and degree programs, Spertus inspires learning, serves diverse communities, and fosters understanding for Jews and people of all faiths, locally, regionally, and around the world.

Ruling year info

1966

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Dean P. Bell

Main address

610 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605 USA

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Formerly known as

College of Jewish Studies

EIN

36-2662739

NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Our programs

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Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies

The Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Profession Studies (MAJPS) program brings Jewish professionals from a broad range of Jewish agencies, to study and learn from classical and contemporary Jewish texts, from talented educators, and from each other. The program fosters the emergence of a cadre of highly skilled Jewish professionals ready to meet the challenges facing Jewish life today. Studies graduate having grown professionally, cultivated leadership skills, built strong communal links, and gained insight into how to meet Jewish community needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Spertus offers Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Jewish Studie, and Masters Degrees in Jewish Education. Each year approximately 300 students are enrolled, locally or through distance learning, in these program, which are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Recognizing that learning is sparked by many points of entry, Spertus presents an array of  innovative, non-denominational, public programming grounded in Jewish thought and inspired by Jewish values. This programming includes cultural and continuing education offerings, such as lectures, seminars, exhibits, concerts, and films.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Partnerships and collaborative relationships in the Jewish, academic, philanthropic, and cultural arenas allow Spertus to serve as a portal for diverse learning opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great leaders, the mission of the Center for Jewish Leadership (CJL) is to transform Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership and enhancing the abilities of Jewish professionals and lay leaders.

New opportunities for leadership development are designed to strengthen the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future Jewish leaders, magnifying the vibrancy of their communities and advancing the missions of the organizations they serve.

Programs offered through the CJL provide participants with a unique and holistic approach to Jewish leadership that seamlessly integrates deeper understanding of Jewish life, culture, and history with insights and best practices from the worlds of business and nonprofit leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies is a unique year-long program for Jewish communal executives with 12+ years professional experience. Participants from across North America learn to leverage opportunity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees, and lead through times of change.

The program is offered in a small-group cohort providing participants a network of fellow executives from across North America. It is taught by some of the most effective and creative faculty working today in the Jewish community and beyond.

Designed for busy professionals, the program combines seminars and online courses with executive coaching and a capstone project relating to each participant's own organization or agency. It can be completed in just 12 months, because experience counts for the equivalent of one year of graduate credit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Spertus' Center for Jewish Leadership named a Top 50 Innovator by Slingshot 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Spertus Institute exists to create dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, that enable personal growth and the development of future community leaders.

We educate and train current and emerging leaders through degree programs, certificates, workshops, symposia and mentorship.

At Spertus we believe that great Jewish communities require great Jewish leaders and that learning communities are vibrant communities. That is why we focus on outstanding programs with the finest faculty and a student experience that results in Jewish scholars and leaders better prepared to address 21st century issues.

Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Certificates in Leadership
Global Expansion

Top quality Faculty
Solid Board of Trustees
Highly Qualified Professional Staff
Accredited Academic Institution
Community backed

Financials

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SPERTUS COLLEGE OF JUDAICA

Board of directors
as of 01/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sharon Silverman

Donna Barrows

Peter Bensinger

Barlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott

Bruce Crane

Phillip Gordon

Perkins Coie, LLC

Avrum Gray

G-Bar Limited Partnership

Bruce Hecktman

Millbrook Real Estate Company

Harold Israel

Goldstein and McClintock LLLP

Mark Mehlman

Dentons US LLP

Monica Perlman

No Affliation

Sharon Silverstein

TRPP Associates LLC

Michael Spertus

Amazon

Philip Spertus

Geodesic Systems, Inc.

Marc Wilkow

M&J Wilkow

Jessica Lederhausen

TEDEx Chicago

Odette Olson

Morgan Stanley

Bruce Werner

Kona Advisors, LLC

Michael Markman

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Stephen Wolff

National Kwikmetal Service

Barbara Bereskin

Lincoln Avenue Partners

Marilyn Diamond

Consulate General of Morocco in Chicago

Irena Friedgan

Shelley Grach

Microsoft

Dean Bell

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes