Spertus Institute For Jewish Learning And Leadership

Rating: 4 stars   7 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education, Religion


610 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60605 USA


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibits—at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

Target demographics:

Adults of all backgrounds

Geographic areas served:

Chicago area - and throughout North America

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Last year I saw a staged reading here of Winter Miller's 'In Darfur" in conjunction with the American Refugee Committee. It was the play's introduction in Chicago (before it was presented by TimeLine Theatre) and this was a wonderful venue in which to see it. The play and the discussion that followed still resonate with me. Spertus is definitely worth checking out as a place to see interesting programs on important subjects.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I walk by Spertus every workday. I rarely see anyone walk in or out. I can't believe this place is still being funded by anyone and its difficult to understand how it can justify its continued existence.

The organization made the completely irresponsible decision to build a $55 MIllion facility that is relatively useless from a programmatic perspective. As it is, the building is either closed or devoid of activity most days.

Looking at their website, there seems to be almost no programming to speak of anyways. Despite its claims to offer innovative Jewish cultural and educational programming, events are few and far between. It seems to be little more than an expensive rental facility for parties and corporate events and a glorified gift shop.

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I haven't.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down and transfer its assets to another organization.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Rick Carter - I wish you would come inside Spertus instead of just walking by. Many of our programming takes place on Sundays and in the evenings, so if we're quiet when you walk by, might just be that your schedule and ours don't overlap. Contact me if you'd like to come to a Spertus program as my guest. Betsy Gomberg Spertus Director of Marketing & Communications bgomberg@spertus.edu