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Spertus trains leaders P16 Artist Berit Engen weaves contemporary commentary on the Jewish experience P13 Thanksgiving, meet Hanukkah! Holidays come together for first time since 1888 P26


Middlesteins Celebrate Jewish Book Month with Jami Attenberg’s “sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life” P8

Jami Attenberg Photo by Kate Christensen

Calendar and News | September – November 2013 |

Spertus is a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Spertus 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.

Spertus is closed to the public on Saturdays and these upcoming holidays: Labor Day September 2 — Closed Rosh Hashanah September 4 — Close at 1 pm September 5 and 6 —Closed all day Yom Kippur September 13 — Close at 1 pm (Saturday, September 14 is Yom Kippur)

Sukkot September 18 — Close at 3 pm September 19 and 20 — Closed all day Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah September 25 — Close at 3 pm September 26 and 27 — Closed all day

We love to hear from you. To reach Spertus, visit, email us at, or call our general line at 312.322.1700 to be directed to the information you need. Our box office line is open Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am–6 pm, at 312.322.1773.

Discount Parking $10 with Spertus validation at: at the Essex Inn 8th Street and Michigan (2 blocks south of Spertus). Enter on 8th between Michigan and Wabash.

Accessibility Spertus welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its facilities and programs accessible to people with special needs. Elevator access is available to all areas of the building. Please let the box office know of any special needs or requests when you purchase program tickets.

Thanks to the foresight and philanthropy of many individuals over many years, scholarships are available for people who want to participate in select Spertus public programs. Call 312.322.1743 for details. If you are interested in providing scholarship support, we welcome your generosity. Please contact our development office at 312.322.1758.

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Letter from Spertus President Hal M. Lewis P4 Spertus Fosters Jewish Learning and Leadership P16 NEXTwork Lunch & Learn Partnership P17 Spertus Grad Launches Organization that Heals Horses and Humans P22 Updates from the Asher Library P25 Are You Ready for the Earliest Hanukkah Since 1888? P26 Special Offer to see the Israeli Philharmonic P28 Special Offer to see Old Jews Telling Jokes P31

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One Book | One Community Book Discussion in Skokie P11 One Book | One Community Author Event in Lombard P11 One Book | One Community Author Event in Long Grove P11 Shalom Chicago Exhibit at the Chicago History Museum P13

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In the Suburbs and Around Town

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Old Jews Telling Jokes: From Internet Sensation to a Stage Near You P7 One Book | One Community Kick-Off Event: Jews and Chinese Food P9 One Book | One Community Book Discussion P11 One Book | One Community Author Events P11 Woof and Drash Exhibit P13 Artist-Led Tours P13 Open House Chicago 14 Environmental History and the Jews P15 Celebration of Jewish Professional Life P16 Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies P19 The Certificate in Jewish Leadership P19 Grantwriting Certificate Workshop P20 Evaluation for Grantmakers Workshop P21 Master’s in Nonprofit Management Information Sessions P23 Jewish Studies Degree Programs P25 Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration P30

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Letter from the President Spertus Institute was founded in Chicago in 1924, nearly 90 years ago as the College of Jewish Studies. In its early years, Spertus served first generation immigrants, training educators and future leaders to establish and manage organizations that today serve Chicago’s Jewish community. As that first generation of Jewish Chicagoans was succeeded by their American born children and grandchildren, Spertus grew its offerings to creatively meet contemporary educational, cultural, and professional needs. That growth has never stopped. Today at Spertus we believe that ongoing Jewish learning is the beating heart that gives life to a vibrant Jewish community. Spertus offers thoughtprovoking content with real-world application, unparalleled resources, and a welcoming environment that encourages connection and a creative exchange of ideas. We provide opportunities for meaningful individual growth along with training to those who lead the organizations and institutions of the Jewish community here in Chicago and beyond. Why invest in Spertus today? Generous community support has been and remains critical to sustain the vital work of Spertus. Your contribution enables us to continue providing dynamic learning opportunities that are helping to transform Jewish life. At this season of a new year, I hope that you will join us in affirming that a learning Jewish community is a vibrant Jewish community. Please make your gift today. For your convenience we have included a response envelope in this calendar. I look forward to seeing you at a variety of Spertus events in the weeks and months ahead. L’shana tova tikateivu. May you and your loved ones be inscribed for a sweet, healthy, and meaningful New Year.

Dr. Hal M. Lewis is President and CEO of Spertus Institute.

Read The Leading Edge, Dr. Hal M. Lewis’ blog about Jewish leadership, at


The outcome was surprising and hilarious—and we have it on film. We don’t want to give too much away, but we can tell you this: you’re going to love the surprise ending.

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We asked three students studying improv at Chicago’s renowned Second City to come up with a tagline for Spertus.

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Lights. Camera. Action.

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Special Ticket Offer to see Old Jews Telling Jokes at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre! See page 31


Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm

Old Jews Telling Jokes

From Internet Sensation to a Stage Near You

Learn how the idea for the website was hatched and how the Internet sensation was then adapted for the stage. Along the way, access some expert insight into Jewish humor and view video clips from the New York cast.

Mike Leiderman is a Chicago journalist, producer, and host. He has been a sports anchor at NBC5 and executive producer at WTTW11 and FOX-Chicago. He’s spent 35 years in the Midwest, but honed his sense of humor as a youth in the Catskills, which served him well for his appearances on the Old Jews Telling Jokes website.



$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

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Daniel Okrent has led a distinguished career as a book publisher, magazine editor, magazine writer, and author, as well as serving as the first public editor of the New York Times. He founded the New England Monthly, acted in a Woody Allen film, and invented fantasy baseball (no joke).

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Peter Gethers is a screenwriter, author, and, as president of Random House Studio, a film and television producer. He is author of the bestselling non-fiction travel trilogy The Cat Who Went to Paris, A Cat Abroad, and The Cat Who’ll Live Forever. His new novel is Ask Bob.

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Join Spertus and Chicago’s own Mike Leiderman for a rare on-stage discussion with the very talented and funny Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, co-writers/co-producers of Old Jews Telling Jokes, the off-Broadway hit now opening in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre.

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One Book | One Community Spertus is again pleased to spearhead One Book | One Community, our community’s Jewish Book Month initiative. During the month before Hanukkah, we present a series of activities and resources, all related to a single book.

About the Book This year’s pick, Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, is a story of marriage, family, and obsessions, set in suburban Chicago, right here in our own backyard!

Readers’ Guide Beginning October 1, visit to download your Readers’ Guide (perfect for book groups as well as those reading on their own)

About the Author Jami Attenberg has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and more. Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006. She is also the author of the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her third novel, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. It appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and will be published in England, Taiwan, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, and the Netherlands this year. She grew up in Buffalo Grove and lives in Brooklyn.

JUF News is the media sponsor of One Book | One Community.


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—Starred Kirkus Review

“A smart novel that tackles big issues.”

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“A sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life.”

—Chicago Tribune

—NPR’s All Things Considered

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Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm at Spertus Institute

From the grit of the Lower East Side to the cul-de-sacs of contemporary suburbia, Jews have had a special relationship with Chinese food (a relationship deliciously explored in The Middlesteins). Spertus Institute’s Chef Laura Frankel will “wok” you through the history of Jews and Chinese food while you learn to make bao dumplings with pulled brisket, lo mein noodles with wok charred long beans and vegetables, plus more. Ample tastings will be provided. You won’t leave hungry!

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All tickets $25. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773 Ticket holders get 2 for 1 to One Book finale (see page 11)

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Jews and Chinese Food

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“So readable, it’s practically edible.”

Boxers, Whitney’s Bat Mitzvah, Kenilworth, IL 1994

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September 22, 2013 through January 12, 2014

All Around the House In conjunction with One Book | One Community, Spertus presents a pair of large-scale photographs by Jay Wolke from his landmark study of Chicago Jewry. These images offer vivid windows into age-old traditions reenacted in a uniquely American context.

The Middlesteins will be for sale at all programs. Jami Attenberg will be signing books at the Author Events. Spertus thanks the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation for its generous support of the One Book I One Community author events. We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and Congregation Beth Judea as well as our colleagues at the Skokie Public Library. 10

One Book | One Community Reservations requested for free programs and advance tickets recommended for programs with a fee. Visit or call 312.322.1773 to make reservations and purchase tickets online or by phone.

With expert facilitator Rachel Kamin, Director of the Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, this informal discussion is perfect for those who have read the book, plan to read the book, or just want to learn more.

Facilitated by Skokie Public Library reference librarian Lee Leibik, who has led book discussions for more than half her professional career and who, like the author and characters of The Middlesteins, grew up in suburban Chicago. Jami Attenberg will join the final part of this discussion via Skype.

Meet Jami Attenberg at one of three events at three locations!

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suburb a n book discussion Tuesday, November 5 at 7 pm at the Skokie Public Library 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie | Free

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sper t us book discussion Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 pm at Spertus Institute | Free

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Sunday, November 10 at 7 pm at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83, Long Grove | Free

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Sunday, November 10 at 2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard | Free

sper t us au t hor e v ent | one book f in a l e Monday, November 11 at 7 pm at Spertus Institute

A Literary Conversation All tickets $15 | 2 for 1 with October 17 ticket stub (see page 9) This ticketed event includes a reception.



The Chicago Tribune’s Bonnie Miller Rubin interviews author Jami Attenberg. Bonnie Miller Rubin is an award-winning reporter covering health and family.

Exhibit Hours Sunday-Wednesday 10 am–5 pm; Thursday 10 am–6 pm; Friday 10 am–3 pm Closed to the public Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays 12

August 25, 2013 through February 23, 2014

Woof and Drash

Weaving the Jewish Experience

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is pleased to present this debut exhibit of her work. Free and open to the public.

Meet the Artist

Exhibit Tours Sunday, October 20 at noon

Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm

Exhibits at Spertus are supported in part by the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

Spertus Collection Highlights on View

Closes September 2! d Aroun ! Town

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When you visit Spertus for programs, classes, research, or shopping, view artwork and learn about the unique architecture of the award-winning Spertus building in a free self-guided tour. Just stop in the Spertus Shop and ask for your complimentary copy.

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Join us for an artist-led gallery tour of Woof and Drash. Meet weaver Berit Engen and learn about the process, technique, and inspiration behind her unique tapestries. No reservations needed. Just come on by!

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Berit Engen began weaving as a child in Norway, and now practices this ancient craft of entwining woof (horizontal threads) with warp (vertical threads) from her home in Oak Park, Illinois. Her miniature tapestries are modern-day commentaries (in Hebrew, drash) on the engaging, joyous, and at times challenging aspects of Jewish living.

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Last chance to see Shalom Chicago.



Shalom Chicago is an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, about the city’s Jewish community, told through personal stories and rare artifacts (many on loan from Spertus). Spertus members—present your membership card for free admission to Shalom Chicago.

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Sunday, October 20 from 9 am to 5 pm

Open House Chicago Spertus is pleased to again participate in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a city-wide event that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings of architectural note. See hidden gems and well-known treasures—all for free. At Spertus, visit the stunning sky-lit reading room of our Asher Library for panoramic views of Michigan Avenue, Grant Park, the Museum campus and Lake Michigan. Our colleagues from Krueck + Sexton Architects will have drawings and models of the Spertus building when it was in development, as well as previews of new projects. Free. No reservations needed. Visit to learn more.


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Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm 25th Anniversary Conference | Midwest Jewish Studies Association Keynote Address

Environmental History & The Jews New Lenses in Jewish History

Dr. Dean P. Bell, is Chief Academic Officer and Professor of History at Spertus Institute. He has taught at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Hebrew Theological College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, where he earned his PhD. He is a widely published author in the areas of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish history.

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In this open-to-the-public keynote address, Dr. Dean P. Bell explores how Jews experienced and understood environmental conditions and natural disasters in history. In doing so, he reveals Jewish social conditions and religious views, as well as the interaction of Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors.

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The Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) facilitates scholarship and offers other resources to those involved in Jewish Studies at the college and university levels. Spertus is one of its founding institutions.



Free and open to the public, but reservations required. Reserve online at

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Wednesday, November 20 5:30 pm Reception | 6 pm Program

Celebration of Jewish Professional Life In honor of Jewish professionals, Spertus hosts an annual evening of inspired conversation, fellowship, and networking. Over light refreshments, Jewish communal leaders and professionals from around Chicago have a chance to meet each other, as well as Spertus mentors, faculty, and other community leaders. We invite those who work in, for, and with Jewish organizations to join us! This year we welcome new cohorts and toast recent graduates of the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies and Certificate in Jewish Leadership programs. Special presenter Nigel Savage will talk about Creating a Healthier and More Sustainable Jewish Community. Nigel Savage is the founder and president of Hazon, an organization that works to renew Jewish life and to create a healthier and more sustainable world for all. Hazon has been recognized in the Slingshot 50 every year since its inception and was named by the Sierra Club as one of the top 50 faith-based environmental organizations in the USA. Mr. Savage studied at Georgetown University, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yakar Center for Social Concern, and the Hebrew University. Reservations requested online at 16

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Spertus Institute is delighted to announce the continuation of the NEXTwork Lunch & Learn Series, a collaboration with NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. Designed as an investment in Birthright Israel alumni and other young professionals working in local Jewish organizations, these free lunchtime programs provide a forum for participants to discuss issues important to those working in the Jewish community, as well as opportunities to develop new skills and network with their peers.

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Topics for this coming academic year include intergenerational shifts in the workplace, professional collaboration, balancing personal and professional life, Jewish identity, and Jewish leadership.



To learn more, contact Director of Programming Beth Schenker at

“The MAJPS program turned what I thought was just a job at a Jewish organization into a career helping my community thrive. I have never felt more committed to Jewish communal service.” — Lisette Zaid, Program Director for the Lewis Summer Intern Program and Development Associate for Hillels of Illinois

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership—sponsored by Northwestern University and Spertus Institute—is dedicated to transforming American Jewish life by enhancing the professional abilities of both emerging and experienced Jewish leaders. The next session begins October 17! Apply at


Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies

Fellowships available to qualified students who begin the program this fall!

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The Spertus Institute Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program brings a diverse group of Jewish professionals together to study the cutting-edge issues in contemporary Jewish life, advancing their career opportunities and enhancing the contributions they bring to Jewish organizations and institutions. Students graduate having grown personally and professionally, having cultivated critical leadership skills, built strong communal links, and gained real insight into how to meet Jewish community needs.

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership trains leaders for Jewish communities both near and far.

On October 7, the first Pittsburgh MAJPS cohort graduates, producing a cadre of 21st-century leaders for a Jewish community first founded in 1840. Two honorary doctorates will be awarded at this ceremony, one to philanthropist David Shapira, the former CEO of Giant Eagle supermarkets, and one to Jewish community executive John S. Ruskay, the retiring CEO of UJA-Federation of New York.



Closer to home, on November 4, a cohort in Northbrook graduates. This cohort includes a number of educators from the Solomon Schechter Day School. By conveniently bringing training right to them and their colleagues at Jewish organizations on the Northshore, Spertus is helping to spread a ripple of new ideas through suburban Jewish Chicago.

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This fall, Spetus will proudly award its innovative MAJPS degree to graduates of two offsite cohorts, reflecting our dedication to fostering vibrant Jewish communities through the training of Jewish professionals—wherever they live.

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Thursday, October 24 from 9 am to 4 pm

Grantwriting Certificate Workshop Help the organization where you work or volunteer to secure funds— by learning the essentials of grantwriting. Grantwriting isn’t just about completing an application for a grant. It is about understanding the perspectives of foundations and corporations that invite grant proposals from nonprofit organizations. This certificate workshop will teach you how to research funders, frame project goals in relation to grant guidelines, and compete in the grant funding process. Taught by Dr. Karin Baird, Advisor, Faculty Chair, and Acting Director of the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management degree program. Dr. Baird has been teaching nonprofit professionals at Spertus Institute for more than a dozen years, sharing her own considerable expertise in the nonprofit arena. Limited class size. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. $149 ($129 for Spertus members, students, and alumni). Includes kosher lunch. Reserve online at or call 312.322.1773. Attendees of this Grantwriting Workshop receive a certificate of completion. Participation is applicable for 6.5 CFRE points in Category 1.B.


Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5 from 8 am to 5 pm

The Grantmaking School’s Evaluation for Grantmakers

Participants will learn to think critically about applying appropriate levels of evaluation to grantmaking activities, ensuring that it provides what is needed and useful for assessing impact and continuous improvement.

Lance Potter is a consultant with over 20 years’ experience turning data into knowledge for health, education, and social programs. He serves as director of evaluation for New Profit Inc.’s Social Innovation Fund and works with other clients on evaluation strategy, research design, and knowledge application.

Co-sponsored by Donors Forum in partnership with Spertus Institute.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University is a university-based, practitioner-led program that teaches the techniques of effective grantmaking to foundation program officers.



Donors Forum is the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership and advocacy on behalf of philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois.

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$1,295 | $1,045 for Grantmaking School Alumni. Registration information is available online at or by contacting

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Dr. Teresa (Teri) Behrens has extensive experience in evaluation, having served as program planning and evaluation consultant for the National Science Foundation and Director of Evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is currently editor in chief of The Foundation Review.

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This two-day course, presented by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Grantmaking School, is designed for foundation professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills on the evaluation process. Taught by Dr. Teresa R. Behrens and Lance Potter, Evaluation for Grantmakers examines the history, strategy, design, and theory behind the evaluation process and responds to the diverse nature of evaluation in foundations.

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Spertus graduate launches organization that heals horses and humans

Learn. Lead. Inspire. At Spertus Institute, we believe that strong leaders build and sustain strong communities. Whether you’re seeking to effect local change or global impact, the place to start is with the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) program.

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As part of efforts to effect local change, the farm offers a peaceful sanctuary where people can spend time getting reacquainted with nature, riding horses, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery. Building on the principles of nonprofit management Anna learned at Spertus, she motivates those around her to lead change for others.

Did you know that 20% of alumni of the Spertus Institute Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program launch new nonprofit organizations?

Upcoming Information Sessions Monday, September 9 at 6 pm Monday, November 4 at 6 pm

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Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

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These organizations serve community needs in new ways, in Chicago and across North America. To see if this program is right for you, join us for an Information Session.

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Together with farm owner Tina Laguna, Anna created a nonprofit organization called Rancho Laguna’s HEART, which rescues and rehabilitates abused horses for use in therapy sessions with disabled children and adults. Today Rancho Laguna’s HEART is a sanctuary with horses, donkeys, and other animals. It also houses an organic garden where fresh produce is grown and provided to the community. New programs are being developed that encourage

residents of the Pacific Northwest to engage in equine rehabilitation.

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Spertus graduate Anna Lvova had always been passionate about contributing to her community, which is why she pursued a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute. After visiting Rancho Laguna, a small equine farm in Seattle, Anna put her new knowledge to work doing something truly unique—helping humans by helping horses.

Through this program, students of all backgrounds have access to Spertus Institute’s world-class faculty and highly applicable curriculum. Courses range from strategic planning to revenue development, providing experiences you can immediately put to use in your current role, plus leadership skills to pave the way for career development.



A pragmatic and relevant education designed for nonprofit leaders Cohort model that promotes collaborative learning and peer support Effective, dynamic faculty with real-world experience and academic distinction 69% of MSNM Alumni report promotion or better job within one year of graduation

“The opportunity for independent study has really helped me to focus on what I need to do to become a hospital chaplain.” Michale Wacks, Distance Learner

Asher Library Hours Sunday 12–4 pm Monday-Thursday 4–6:30 pm The Asher Library is closed Fridays and Saturdays.

To search the Asher Library catalog, visit 24

5000+ years of Jewish Learning Fresh, contemporary relevance for you and your career At Spertus Institute, our accredited graduate programs encourage future leaders to grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of personal, professional, and communal advancement. Masters and doctoral programs in Jewish Studies are offered onsite in Chicago and through distance learning.

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Onsite in Chicago and through distance learning

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Asher Library

For Spertus Students and Members We are excited to add new resources to the Feinberg eCollection. Check out the Online Resources page on the Spertus website for current information. In addition to enhanced database offerings, look for new subject guides such as an extensive bibliography related to Spertus Institute’s recent conference on Judaism, Health, and Healing and a selection of works by Christian Hebraists from our rare book collection—complete with links to digitized versions.



Spertus members receive Asher Library borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, and full access to our online resources. See page 29 for information about Spertus membership.

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The Asher Library collection at Spertus includes Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, films, and music from all over the world. While our primary emphasis is on collections and services for Spertus students and the Jewish community, our library is open to the public and responds to inquiries from around the globe.

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The Spertus Shop Chicago’s go-to place for all things Jewish. Celebrate Hanukkah like it’s 1888! This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving. This hasn’t happened in 125 years—and it won’t happen again in our lifetimes.

Your purchases support Spertus programs, helping foster Jewish culture and education. The Spertus Shop is endowed by George and Mae Bariff.

Nambe Tree of Life Menorah, $165

Visit our new online store at to order anytime or call toll-free 888.322.1740. Free ground shipping on orders over $100. Special exclusive discount of 20% for all Spertus members during the month of November on everything except special orders. Latke Server, perfect for serving latkes with your Thanksgiving turkey, $6.50

Michigan Avenue curbside pick-up is available for phone orders. Call in an order and we’ll deliver it to your car window so you don’t have to park!

On Back Cover: Josh Owen Menorah, $250


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Metalace Dreidel, $100

Venue SIX10, located within Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, offers exceptional event space on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Partnering with Spertus Kosher Catering/ Wolfgang Puck Catering.

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For more information visit or call Facility Rental 312.322.1725 or Catering 312.322.1718.

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The Spertus Shop is stocked and ready with dreidels, gelt, gifts, menorahs, and more, many from independent artists and designers—everything you need to make your Festival of Lights as festive as can be.

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Plan your Party!

Hanukkah in Your Pocket, $4


Spertus Shop Hours Sunday–Monday 10 am–5 pm Wednesday 10 am–5 pm Thursday 10 am–6 pm Friday 10 am–3 pm Tuesday and Saturday Closed


Photo by Oded Antman.


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Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra return to Symphony Center For 45 years, the Israel Philharmonic and Music Director for Life Zubin Mehta have toured the world’s most prestigious concerts halls and festivals together, forging an incredible bond unlike any other in classical music. This dynamic combination returns to Chicago for the first time in over a decade. Hear them for one night only on March 17, 2014 at Symphony Center! Spertus members only save an extra 25%. Purchase tickets today at or 312.294.3000 using the promo code SPERTUS.* *All tickets are subject to availability. This offer is not retroactive, cannot be combined with any other offer, and does not include box seats.


Sp e Online access to the Feinberg eCollection Library borrowing privileges Discount in the Spertus Shop and online at Discounts on tickets to performances, lectures, author events, and more

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*Adults over 65 are eligible to receive a Household membership at a discounted rate of $40. All membership contributions are 100% tax deductible. To become a member, visit Please call 312.322.1777 or email for more information.

Searching for a meaningful way to celebrate a special person or occasion? Make a contribution in honor or remembrance of someone remarkable in your life. Spertus will send a card acknowledging your tribute to the contact person you designate.

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Tributes and Memorial Giving Are Special Ways to Express Love and Gratitude

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Do you have a special celebration coming up? Request that donations be made to Spertus in lieu of gifts for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, or bar and bat mitzvah.



You can make a tribute gift online at or call 312.322.1758.

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Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm

Can a cantor swing? Can a jazzman play Hebraic chants — on harmonica?

Matzah to Menorah A Holiday Jazz Celebration

Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic Howard Reich asked these questions the last time tenor Alberto Mizrahi and harmonica-piano whiz Howard Levy played together at Spertus — and he answered with a resounding “yes!”

In fact, he suggested we host a repeat performance with a larger ensemble, since “one hardly can imagine a jazzier way to say Happy Hanukkah.” We aim to please, so this year Spertus presents Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi together with jazz ensemble TRIO GLOBO featuring Howard Levy, Eugene Frieson, and Glen Velez for a festive evening designed to see Hanukkah off in style.

Tickets $35, $25, and $15. All seats reserved. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773. 30

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It hasn’t been this early since 1888. We’re ready. Are you? See P26 & 30.

Hanukkah starts bef0re Thanksgiving this year!

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