Mission: 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
Programs: Masters of science in nonprofit management (msnm): the msnm program is geared toward adult learners. The program emphasizes the acquisition of practical skills. The program introduces students to the essential skills required of nonprofit managers and leaders today, with particular emphasis on critical thinking, communication, planning and financial oversight.
judaica degree programs (masters' and doctoral): the masters-level programs in jewish studies and jewish education are sequenced, content specific, coherent curricula that seek to communicate to students the evolving structure and nature of jewish civilization, the fundamental religious and intellectual outlook of this civilization, the contributions of jewish civilization to human civilization and the inspiration it can provide for students to lead a life that embraces and continues to explore the jewish heritage. Doctoral-level programs are designed for jewish professionals seeking increased understanding of the jewish experience and academic grounding in jewish thought and practice.
master of arts in jewish professional studies (majps): the majps program is a model of learning and training for jewish professionals, offering core courses in judaica topics that are most relevant to jewish communal life today, essential professional training, as well as individualized study to advance students' personal and professional interests. The program is run on a cohort basis, offering the opportunity for students from a wide range of institutional and professional backgrounds to network and learn from one another and create a vibrant community of practice.
My experience at Spertus started during a couple classes from UIC. The first class required me to see an exhibit at Spertus. The exhibit I saw was about African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund. It was both informative and interesting. I wrote my final paper about pieces from this exhibit. Spertus also has a wonderful library that can be used by the public. I was doing research for another class at UIC, and needed access to a volume of the Zohar that that UIC's library did not have. The library staff was very helpful, and the there is an incredible view of the lake and grant park. It makes for a great place to study. After I graduated, I got an internship in the marketing department at Spertus. I help with event promotions and editing. Spertus is a great place to visit and work.