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Spertus celebrates 90 years of Jewish learning and leadership

Spertus Institute’s award-winning facility now powered exclusively by renewable energy! P4 Kabbalah in Art and Architecture P11

Thanksgiving, meet Hanukkah! Holidays come together for first time since 1888 P28 Spertus and University of Chicago explore the philosophy of Soloveitchik P13

Calendar and News | December 2013 – February 2014 |

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: Christmas We will close at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 24. Closed all day Wednesday, December 25. New Year’s We will close at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 31. Closed all day on Wednesday, January 1.

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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calendar of events At Spertus

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Matzah to Menorah: A Holiday Jazz Celebration P7 Knead to Know: Challah Baking Made Easy P8 Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as Philosopher P13 Woof and Drash exhibit P15 Weaving the Jewish Experience | Meet Artist Berit Engen P15 MA in Jewish Professional Studies P21 Jewish Studies Degree Programs P23

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Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition P9

On-Site Seminar for Distance Learners P23

Around Town, In the Suburbs, and Online

North Shore Community Kallah P11 A Biblical Approach to Mental Health P12 Online Graduate Courses P23 Special offer to see the Israel Philharmonic P30

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MS in Nonprofit Management P25


Letter from Spertus President Hal M. Lewis P5 New Resources Available from the Asher Library P19 Are you ready for Thanksgivukkah? P29 benefits of membership P31


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Our Artwork Gets Around P17

Our award-winning facility is now powered exclusively by renewable energy

Examples of sustainable design and energy efficiency at Spertus: The windows are fritted (ceramic dots called frits are bonded onto the glass) to control heat gain and glare. A green roof (planted with special vegetation) allows rainwater to evaporate rather than enter the sewer system. It also absorbs air pollution and keeps the building cool in the summer. Cleaning products are Green Seal certified. Paints and building materials are low- or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). The Spertus kitchen, managed by Wolfgang Puck Catering, purchases locally and organically whenever possible, using seasonal menus to avoid serving fruits or vegetables that require long-distance transportation. Food service disposables are made from biodegradable materials (no plastic containers) and no hydrogenated fats are used. In fact, fryer oil is recycled into biofuels. Through recycling and composting, Spertus saves approximately 40 tons of waste from entering landfills each year.

Spertus at 90 let ter from the president In conjunction with our 90th anniversary in 2014, I am proud to announce Spertus Green, Spertus Institute’s Environmental Initiative. Issues of sustainability and environmental sensibility have been at the core of Spertus’ ethos since we moved into our new facility in 2007. In recognition, our award-winning building at 610 S. Michigan Avenue was awarded a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. More recently, we have taken a number of additional steps designed to enhance our commitment. Key among these was the decision to power our facility entirely with renewable energy, saving 6,200 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere over the next three years. See the sidebar for additional examples of our sustainability. Our commitment goes well beyond our desire to do the right thing by being a good corporate citizen. Conservation and environmentalism are Jewish imperatives, woven into the fiber of our sacred teachings of tikkun olam (partnering with God to repair the world) and ba’al taschit (prohibitions against wasting). As an institute for Jewish learning and leadership, we are proud to take the lead in this regard. We go to great lengths to live the wisdom of these treasured precepts in everything we do at Spertus.

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Big Green Jewish, a UK-based resource, Chicago’s Green Roof Initiative, The Go Green Initiative for educators, The Environmental Working Group, Hazon, an organization working for healthier, more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond,

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There are, of course, many ways to commemorate an anniversary as auspicious as 90 years of continuous service to the Jewish people. In the months ahead, I look forward to sharing several other important Spertus initiatives. Our enhanced dedication to sustainability offers us an opportunity to begin our ninth decade by reaffirming our historic commitment to sacred Jewish precepts and stands as an invitation for those who share our values to join us in this effort.

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Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life,

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For those wishing to learn more about Judaism and environmentalism, I encourage you to visit the Asher Library at Spertus in person or check out our Environmentalism and Judaism Subject Guide online. As a start, you may find the following websites of interest:

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



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

Hear clips and purchase tickets at


Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm

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.”

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, of Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue, is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Jewish music. He has appeared with orchestras through the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and has performed with musicians ranging from legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck to the great Theodore Bikel.

Eugene Friesen, a graduate of Yale School of Music, is active internationally as a performer, composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the harmonica, as well as an innovative pianist and composer. Equally at home in jazz, classical, folk, Latin, and world music, he has performed and recorded with artists including Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, and his longtime collaborators Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.

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We aim to please, so this year Spertus presents Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi together with jazz ensemble TRIO GLOBO featuring Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, and Glen Velez for a festive evening designed to see Hanukkah off in style.

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

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Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy winner, is the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement. He is regarded as an influential figure by musicians and audiences worldwide.



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

cooking workshop

Sunday, January 12 at 2 pm

Knead to Know: Challah Making Made Easy Whether you are new to baking or have years of experience, you’ll find much in this workshop that you “knead” to know! Chef Laura Frankel will demonstrate the process of making fresh, fragrant, delicious challah— from buying the best yeast to serving your beautifully braided bread, warm from the oven. Laura Frankel is Executive Chef for Spertus Kosher Catering and author of the Chosen Bites column in the Jerusalem Post. Earlier this year, in recognition of her dedication to pairing fresh and local food with kosher cooking, she was honored as a culinary innovator at Kosherfest in New York. Following this workshop, Chef Laura will be glad to sign her cookbooks, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons and Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, which will be for sale from the Spertus Shop. $25 | $18 for Spertus members. Kids aged 10+ welcome. Recipes, helpful tips, and plentiful samples will be provided. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.


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Sunday, January 26 at 2 pm

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition “[A] magisterial work of intellectual history.”

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— Publ isher s W eek ly

Dr. David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with each other over the ages. He is a frequent contributor to publications including The Nation, The New Republic, and the London Review of Books.

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David Nirenberg will talk about his new book, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, critically acclaimed for its wide-ranging explanation of why so much of the world has spent so much energy thinking about Jews and Judaism.

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



This is the 2014 Horwitz Family Lecture in Jewish History, generously endowed by the Horwitz Charitable Fund.


Tuesday, February 4 at 7 pm Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

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In partnership with the North Shore Chavurah of Rabbis, Spertus is proud to again co-sponsor Kallah’s free Jewish adult education courses available on the Northshore in February.

David Shyovitz is an Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, with a joint appointment at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. Kallah is open to the public at no charge, but advance registration is necessary. Register online at

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Alexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar. His internationally recognized firm—Alexander Gorlin Architects—specializes in design for religious institutions. He has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

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Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that stretches back at least 3,500 years. It views the universe as a vast interconnected system of forces in which the actions of God and mankind reverberate in mysterious ways. In his beautiful new book, Alexander Gorlin explores the resonance of Kabbalah in art and architecture. He’ll be joined by scholar David Shyovitz for a thought-provoking conversation.

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Through March 31

Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church Street in Skokie



Spertus Institute is proud to show Jewish arts and culture close to home for those who live in suburban Chicago. That’s why we’re honored to partner with our Northshore colleagues to bring the Voices & Visions poster exhibit to the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie. This thought-provoking exhibit, an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, consists of striking images in which the words of Jewish luminaries are graphically reinterpreted by renowned artists and designers.

Detail of Chevalier, 1958, oil on canvas, by Maryan, Spertus Collection

0nline course

Begins February 10

A Biblical Approach to Mental Health This integrative, 12-week, online, continuing education course is offered by Spertus Institute in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. It is taught by Kalman J. Kaplan, PhD and Paul Cantz, PsyD. Students will compare biblical and classical Greek perspectives on a number of mental health issues and learn the basis for biblical psychotherapy. 36 CEUs are available for chaplains, LPCs, nurses, pastoral counselors, physicians, psychologists, and social workers. The course can be taken for Spertus Institute graduate credits, and any ACTS student at any consortium member institution can cross-register for 3 semester-hours plus 3 hours of CE credit. Why is this course important? Nearly 90% of all Americans will contend with at least one significant mental health problem during their adult lives.

Few religious leaders have been trained to provide mental health care, even though more Americans go to clergy for counseling than to psychologists.

Conversely, many psychotherapists are untrained in, and sometimes insensitive to, biblical narratives and religion. In fact, studies have found that 90% of patients believe in God, whereas only 40% of clinical psychologists do.

Specifics and registration information at


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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as Philosopher Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik has long been recognized as one of the greatest Talmudic scholars and rabbinic thinkers of the 20th century. What has not been sufficiently appreciated is the significance of his philosophical thinking and the original contributions his writings make to the contemporary philosophical study of religion. This conference will focus on the philosophical dimensions of his work as well as new perspectives opened up by his writings.

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Panelists Arnold I. Davidson, University of Chicago Paul Franks, Yale University Massimo Giuliani, University of Trento David Shatz, Yeshiva University Shira Weiss, Stern College at Yeshiva University Reuven Ziegler, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Toras HoRav Foundation

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Sunday, February 16 from 12 to 6 pm

The conference is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Spertus Institute. Open to the public at no charge, but advance registration is necessary. Please register online at



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

Above: Oy vey! — Like flowers dropping by Berit Engen

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


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. Admission is free.

Meet the Artist

Sunday, February 23 at 2 pm

Spertus Collection Highlights on View

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

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Highlights from Spertus Institute’s extensive collections of art and archival materials are on view at Spertus and beyond.

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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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Above: The Tea Drinkers (detail) by Yosl Bergner



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

George Gershwin, by Andy Warhol

Golda Meir, by Andy Warhol


Personnage, 1963, by Maryan S. Maryan. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, Spertus collection

Our Artwork Gets Around Preserving and presenting the material culture of the Jewish people is fundamental to the mission of Spertus. Our collections include art, artifacts, books, film, maps, and music. These items illustrate, illuminate, and serve as a portal to increased understanding of the diversity of the Jewish experience, making them much too important to keep to ourselves.

Maryan in Paris On November 5, a selection of paintings from the Spertus collection went on view at the Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme in Paris, France. These works by Polish-born artist Maryan S. Maryan (1927–1977) are part of a major exhibit of Maryan’s work.

December 12–March 30

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Maryan’s paintings can be found in significant collections around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Spertus collection is especially rich in his work because Herman Spertus (one of the brothers for whom the Institute is named) befriended and supported Maryan during the years the artist lived in Chicago and New York.

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Through February 9

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Warhol in Milwaukee

Why did Warhol, a Catholic, create this series? In the 1980s, he received a request from his friend Ronald Feldman to depict Golda Meir for an Israeli art dealer. He decided that not only would he put his signature touch on Meir, he would create portraits of Jewish thinkers, performers, politicians, and writers.

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Consisting of ten large-scale, limited-edition, silk-screened prints, Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century includes portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein. All are portrayed through Warhol’s Pop Art lens.

Spertus is fortunate to own a set of the full series, and it is our pleasure to have them exhibited at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. News


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

“Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind...and even a longer life.” — Psychologist Margie E. Lachman quoted in the New York Times

We suggest you stay young by signing up for a Spertus program or class — or by exploring our online subject guides on American Judaism, Environmentalism and Judaism, Chicago Jewish History, and more! Find them at 24

Research and Resources 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.

For Spertus Students and Members Spertus members receive Asher Library borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, and access to our online resources including the Feinberg eCollection. See page 31 for information about becoming a Spertus member.



Published in August in the U.K. and October in the U.S., The Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies is a comprehensive reference for those working in the field of Jewish Studies. It was conceptualized and edited by Dr. Dean P. Bell, Spertus Dean and Chief Academic Officer. Read an interview about the three-year-long process at

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Speaking of Books

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We are excited about new resources available through the Feinberg eCollection. These include the newest version of the DBS Torah CD-ROM Library, which offers a significant increase in the number of Hebrew books, as well as online versions of The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics and The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. We will soon add Otzar HaChochma Online, the world’s largest Judaic digital library containing more than 62,000 books scanned in their original format and fully-searchable. Visit the Online Resources page on the Spertus website for the latest information.

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To search the Asher Library catalog, visit

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The Key to a Vibrant Jewish Future

To help our students transform their professional lives, we provide relevant content, enriched by exceptional faculty and mentors who inspire new thinking with real-world application. 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.

Visit or call Spertus Director of Enrollment Management Stacey Flint at 312.322.1707 to learn what the MAJPS program can do for you and your career.

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Chicago cohorts begin in Spring and Fall 2014. A place is being reserved for you!

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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.

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degree progr am | ma ster of arts in je wish professional studies

Scholarships Available

It is our pleasure to introduce the future Jewish leaders of Spertus MAJPS Cohort J, who started their studies in September. Clockwise from top left: Brittany Abramovicz, Sarah Cort, Sarah Follmer, Matthew Rissien, Tara Seymour, Deborah Zaluda, Melissa Walny, Alison Terkel, Rebecca Marks, Scott Frankel, Zev Jacobs, Rachel Roth, and Deborah Shub. Not pictured: Daniel Cohen.

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Spertus is pleased to announce the Midcareer Fellowships. With the generous support of an outside donor, scholarships are available to qualified students who begin the MAJPS program this spring.



“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


5000+ years of Jewish Learning Fresh, contemporary relevance

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Onsite in Chicago and through distance learning

To learn more, visit

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At Spertus Institute, our accredited graduate programs encourage students 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.

March 2–6

Online Graduate Credit Courses Spertus announces the expansion of its online graduate credit course offerings. The following courses are now available for masters and doctoral degree students—as well as non-degree students who meet pre-requisite requirements and wish to enroll in courses for credit. The Bible and the Ancient Near East The World of the Rabbis From Renaissance to Enlightenment Modern Jewish Experiences Gender and Judaism History of Antisemitism: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century History of Antisemitism: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II Introduction to Biblical Hebrew III

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Onsite Seminar for Distance Learners The next onsite seminar for distance learning students in the Spertus Jewish Studies masters and doctoral programs will offer core, concentration, and elective courses in various aspects of Jewish history and thought. For course offerings and registration, visit

Tuition per course is $1,050. Courses can be started at any time.

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Interested? Contact Dr. Dean Bell, Spertus Dean and Chief Academic Officer, at

“This degree is going to let me move up in the nonprofit sector.� Angelica Guerrero, MSNM student

Did you know? Tuition and fees paid for accredited higher education (like the graduate and certificate programs at Spertus) may qualify for a deduction of up to $4,000 on your federal taxes, depending on your income. Check with your tax adviser for details.

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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.

Program Highlights

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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 67% of MSNM alumni report promotion or better job within the first year after graduation and 20% go on to start their own nonprofit organizations GMAT/GRE not required

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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 and a network of colleagues to pave the way for career development. Graduates go on to create change as nonprofit directors, fundraisers, political officials, community advocates, educators, and social entrepreneurs.

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degree progr am | master of science in nonprofit management

Join us for an upcoming Information Session

Visit to RSVP or learn more.

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Monday, January 13 at 6 pm Monday, February 3 at 6 pm

For Employers



Spertus offers a free listing service for employers. These listings are available to the nonprofit community as well as Spertus students and alumni. By listing a position, employers are reaching a group of passionate professionals that have committed themselves to a career in nonprofits. More at


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Event spaces available include the 400-seat state-of-the-art Feinberg Theater and Landing Pre-Function space, the Crown Family Great Hall, and Gallery 10 with magnificent views of the Chicago lakefront. Numerous breakout rooms are also available to support your event.

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

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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, VenueSIX10 brings together creativity, excellence, great food, and outstanding hospitality. We offer you the perfect place to host nonprofit galas, corporate gatherings, weddings, and other social events.

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Your Event. Our Space.



The Spertus Shop Are you Ready for Thankgivukkah? This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving. Did it sneak up on you?

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

Rustic Menorah $58.00

Your purchases support Spertus programs, helping foster Jewish culture and education. The Spertus Shop is endowed by George and Mae Bariff. 28

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Gourmet Gelt for Grownups (hand made in Chicago) $25.00

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Thanksgivukkah Card Cover: What did the turkey say to the Maccabee? Inside: You think you got problems? $3.95

Marc Chagall Coloring Book $8.95

Chicago’s go-to place for all things Jewish.

Visit our new online store at to order anytime or call toll-free 888.322.1740.

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The Spertus Shop is stocked and ready with driedels, gelt, menorahs, and more, many from independent artists and designers —everything you need to make your Festival of Lights as festive as can be (even when you’re celebrating over turkey dinner).

Hanukkah in Your Pocket $4.00

Free ground shipping on orders over $200.


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! 29


Special Opportunity


Enjoy a pre-concert dinner with remarks from classical music guru Henry Fogel, who served as CSO president for 18 years! Takes place at Spertus with trolley service direct to the door of Symphony Center.

Photo by Oded Antman.

For information and an invitation, call Spertus Development Associate Sara Hurwick at 312.322.1779.

special offer for spertus members

Monday, March 17

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 concert 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 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. 30

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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Discount on mini-courses and workshops

Recognition as a donor in print and/or online

*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.

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