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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership |

March – July 2017

News & Events Jewish Community Networking Night | P7

Many Voices: Tales from and of Israel, told live on stage P25

Jewish-Muslim Relations Past, present, and possibilities | P21

Ben Shahn: If Not Now When See two dozen rarely exhibited lithographs from the Spertus Collection | P19 Exclusive, Limited-Time Opportunity for Senior Staff of Jewish Organizations | P11

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community

Spertus Institute 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, and concerts—at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

We Love to Hear From You To reach Spertus, visit, email us at, or call our general line at 312.322.1700. Our box office line is open Monday–Thursday, 10 am-4 pm at 312.322.1773. Follow Spertus on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get exclusive updates, invites, and discounts.

Discount Parking (Please note new arrangements) Discount parking is now available for $8 at Grant Park South Garage, also known as Millennium Garage South. The garage is located at 325 S. Michigan Avenue with entrances on Michigan between Van Buren and Adams. The discount is good for 12 hours with Spertus validation (available in the Spertus vestibule). Beyond 12 hours, regular rates apply.

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. Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

Cover image: Henna design with the Hebrew alphabet, Noam Sienna, 2015


Contents News Commencement Remarks from Spertus President/CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis | P5 Student Profile: Carly Greenspan | P9


One Book and eBooks | P28

Professional Development from the Center for Jewish Leadership Jewish Community Networking Night | P7 Certificate in Jewish Leadership Now Open Across North America | P11

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Innovation and Collaboration Awards | P12 Fundraising Online Master Class | P13 Talent Acquisition | P13 Philanthropic Board Culture | P13

Degree Programs MA in Jewish Professional Studies | P8 Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies | P11


Masters and Doctoral Programs in Jewish Studies | P15 Jewish Studies Spring and Summer Seminars | P15

Programs and Events Artist-Led Exhibit Tour | P16 Ground Level Arts Lab | Voices of Wisdom | P17


Ground Level Arts Lab | Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When? | P19 Art Talk | P19 Jewish-Muslim Relations | Mini-Course in Highland Park | P21 Spring Concert: Legends of Jewish Music | P23 Why Do Jews Answer Questions With Questions? | P23 Israel: Many Voices | P24


Sponsorship, Support, and Membership Thank You to Our Sponsors | P26 Support Spertus with Tribute Cards | P27 Membership | P29


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Calendar | P31

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

Dr. Hal M. Lewis with graduate Nasya Nachmit Miller. Joining her in receiving a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies were Joshua Brent Gibbs, Marla Susan Goldberg, Anna Gorbikoff, Deborah L. Holstein, Lynnley Kadar Rothenberg, and Dore Lindsey Tarr. Also being honored were Doctor of Jewish Studies recipient Moses Judah Rosenwasser and Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies recipients Maya Avinadav and Alicia Gejman.

Education that Makes Room for the Views of Others

Students who bring to the table of academic discourse a level of doubt, not insecurity, but an awareness that theirs is not the only view that matters, these are students worthy of the Spertus tradition and Judaism’s as well.


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To each of you, on what you have learned and accomplished, mazel tov and congratulations.


On behalf of the faculty, administration, and board of Spertus Institute we hope that your Spertus degree will inspire you to greater levels of humility. Humility that obligates you to continue learning, because as the Hasidic masters taught, if you think you are finished learning, you are. And humility that makes room for the views of others, that forces you to re-evaluate your deeply held beliefs in light of new learning and new insights.


Irrespective of your political proclivities, you cannot help but notice that ours is an era in which fewer and fewer people possess the tools or the inclinations to confront thoughtful opinions that run counter to their own. This is not about having the courage of our convictions and being able to argue for them with passion. It is about forcing ourselves to get out of our own intellectual comfort zones. To talk with and learn from those who see the world in ways we do not.


Graduate studies means learning how to weigh evidence and push ourselves beyond that which is comfortable, even to the point, every once in a while, of changing our minds.

The great Peter Drucker cautioned his students that most things we are sure we know to be true turn out not to be so. Those who have studied leadership at Spertus know that of all the attributes our tradition links to successful leaders, none is more important or transformative than humility. Anavah, in Judaism, is not simply a matter of polite demurral or reining in our over-sized egos. True humility in leadership means a willingness to ask more and tell less. It requires the ability and the self-awareness to say, “I think I am right, but I might be wrong.” This is the true sign of Jewish learning. Humility of this sort is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.

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Graduate-level Jewish education is not for the faint of heart. It is a rigorous pursuit, one that forces students to consider the world beyond their own biases and preoccupations. Indeed, the real product of advanced studies is not the diploma. It is learning how to listen, and how to challenge ourselves when confronted with alternate perspectives.


The decision to return to academic studies, long past the age most people have left the classroom, is a serious, demanding, and often underappreciated endeavor. Although today’s focus is on our graduates, we acknowledge that serious adult learning is not something one does alone—it requires the support of family, friends, colleagues, and employers, to whom we also express our gratitude.


Excerpt of remarks by Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis to graduates and their guests at Spertus Institute’s recent commencement ceremonies

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Do you work in, for, or with a Jewish organization? This event is for you!

Jewish Community Networking Night


Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres

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Every year, Spertus Institute hosts a gathering for the professionals and volunteers who serve Jewish Chicago. The evening is an opportunity to network with colleagues from other organizations, celebrate successes, and learn new ways to help your organization excel. This year, the evening’s speaker will be Alexandra Levit, who will be sharing her considerable expertise on creating effective intergenerational teams.


Alexandra Levit is a writer, consultant, and speaker on workplace issues. A member of the executive leadership team at PeopleResults, she has served as a nationally syndicated career columnist for the Wall Street Journal and is president of Inspiration at Work, a business and workplace consulting firm. Advance reservations required. Reserve your spot at Thanks to generous grants from the Crown Family and our sponsors, this event is free.


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Facing Page Pictured from last year’s event, top row, left to right: Aaron Biel of GIV global with Aleya Schwartz, Sari Greenberg, and Ellie Spitz of Mishkan Chicago.


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Bottom row, left to right: Marla Gelfond, Spertus VP for External Relations Ellen Hattenbach, and Viki Rivkin; MAJPS graduate Lynnley Rothenberg of The iCenter with Tal Rosen, Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute; Consultant Caren Yanis, one of last year’s speakers, with Spertus Board Chair Peter Bensinger, Jr.

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The Center for Jewish Leadership provides current and future leaders with the knowledge, skills, creativity, and strategic agility required to guide Jewish organizations with strength, integrity, and success. To learn more, visit

MA in Jewish Professional Studies Celebrating 176 students and alumni, working in 91 organizations, in 20 Jewish communities, across 3 countries! Spertus Institute’s Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program is a world-class, career-boosting Jewish education. First piloted in Chicago nearly ten years ago, the program advances the professional skills and Jewish knowledge of those working for and with the Jewish community. Citywide cohorts are held around the US and international cohorts are underway in Canada and Israel. What accounts for MAJPS success? Non-traditional program geared toward busy, working adults Emphasis on learning that is relevant to students’ careers Distinguished faculty Professional mentoring as a component of the program Can be completed in just over two years Do you work for a Jewish organization? Want to work in the Jewish community? Have staff members you would like to see grow as Jewish professionals? Now enrolling for regional cohorts in Chicago and Milwaukee and an international cohort in Canada. Introductory seminars in late June. Programs launch in August. Visit or contact Anita Silvert, Director of Enrollment, at or 312.322.1707.

Fellowships Available Do you work at least 15 hours per week serving the Jewish community? If so, you may be eligible for a Midcareer Fellowship, made possible with the generous support of an outside donor. With fellowship and scholarship funds, applicants receive a tuition reduction of approximately 65%.

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Student Profile Carly Greenspan Carly Greenspan raves that Spertus Institute’s Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies program has opened her eyes to an understanding of the Jewish professional world, a world where she now sees her career path.


Greenspan grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in English and Judaic Studies. After college, she moved to Israel as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow and spent a year immersed in the city of Rishon Lezion teaching English to energetic Israeli 3rd and 6th graders. Shortly after, she moved to Chicago, where she works for Metro Chicago Hillel.


Greenspan likes that she can immediately apply what she learns in the MAJPS program to her work. She said, “Working with college students at Metro Chicago Hillel, I see a wide range of needs. Through my Spertus courses, I have learned interesting ways to understand Judaism, and I am able to bring this understanding back to campus.”


She continued, “We discuss Jewish texts and Jewish values, building a platform for understanding the many faces of today’s Jewish community. In learning how to become leaders, we learn to innovate and utilize new ideas.” Greenspan is particularly fond of the cohort-based format. “The MAJPS program has also introduced me to a great network of other professionals in the Jewish field,” she said. “This allows us to gain insights from each other. It has been a wonderful learning journey together so far.”

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Carly Greenspan is the Senior Jewish Life Associate at Metro Chicago Hillel, serving urban college students throughout the Chicago area. She is also a student in Spertus Institute’s MA in Jewish Professional Studies program.

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It’s been an honor to learn and study with some of the brightest lights in the Jewish world. I hope my participation will help me shed light on the Jewish world in the future. Cindy Sher, Executive Editor, JUF News, Chicago, shown here with her colleague Stefanie Bregman


Open to participants from across North America To discuss your fit for either of these programs, contact Tal Rosen, Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership, at or 312.322.1711.

Exclusive Opportunity for Senior Staff of Jewish Organizations Leadership

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

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The program is offered in a small-group cohort providing a network of fellow executives from across North America. It is taught by some of the most effective and creative faculty working today. Designed for busy professionals, the program combines seminars and online courses with executive coaching and a personalized capstone project. It can be completed in just 12 months, because a candidate’s professional experience can count toward the equivalent of one year of graduate credit.


The next cohort begins June 4. Deadline for preferred admission is March 31. For a limited time, tuition is only $6,500, because generous fellowships cover 65% of the total cost. Visit to find out more.

For Staff and Trustees of Jewish Organizations Resources

Certificate in Jewish Leadership Sponsored by Northwestern University and Spertus Institute, the Certificate in Jewish Leadership (CJL) is dedicated to enhancing the professional abilities of Jewish leaders.


In this program, leadership training is taught within a distinctively Jewish context. Participants learn to strengthen their own leadership styles, collaborate within and across organizations, manage change, and articulate and achieve goals. The program is offered in a hybrid learning model with onsite seminars and online content, taught by senior Northwestern University and Spertus Institute faculty. It includes mentoring with established community leaders.


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The next cohort begins this fall. Deadline for preferred admission is June 30. $2,500. Scholarships may be available to offset costs for employees of Jewish organizations. Visit to find out more.

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Innovation and Collaboration Awards Applications are now open for the third annual Innovation and Collaboration Awards, recognizing projects that reach across institutions to serve the greater Chicago Jewish community. Apply by March 20. Visit for details.


Master Classes and Workshops Spertus Institute offers workshops and master classes to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish organizations, they are beneficial and open to anyone seeking to learn best practices.



Online Master Class Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm CST | March 15, 22, and 29 $99 | $79 for Spertus members, students, and alumni Register online at or call 312.322.1773.

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Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement an organizational fundraising plan. In three online sessions via iMeet, Dr. Laura Mannion will cover fundraising management skills including how to best involve staff and trustees. She will illustrate how to build and balance a variety of funding streams to ensure cash flow and avoid over-reliance on any single source. Dr. Laura Mannion is a Certified Fundraising Executive who serves as Director of Development for the Franciscan Alliance Foundation.

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$149 | $129 for Spertus members, students, and alumni Price includes morning coffee and kosher lunch. Register online at or call 312.322.1773.

Talent Acquisition Thursday, March 30 from 9 am to 4 pm Resources

From writing a compelling job description, to screening and interviewing candidates, to onboarding new hires, Amy Wishnick will give you the toolsto find, hire, and train the staff you need for your institution to excel. Amy Wishnick is the Principle at Wishnick and Associates LLP. She is a Past President of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, has a background in executive search, and brings four decades of experience to her work in the nonprofit sector.


Philanthropic Board Culture Wednesday, May 3 from 9 am to 4 pm

Laura Kaufman is the CEO of Partners in Effective Philanthropy. She has over 30 years of experience working with and for foundations and nonprofit organizations.


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Learn to maximize your organization’s fundraising efforts by creating a culture of philanthropy amongst trustees, staff, and stakeholders. Philanthropy expert Laura Kaufman will help you articulate your organization’s value to donors at all levels and create an environment where everyone is on the development team.



Contemporary Approach

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Jewish Studies Degree Offerings Master of Arts in Jewish Studies Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies Doctor of Hebrew Letters Programs are offered on a quarter-term system with flexible start dates.


Graduate Programs

Jewish Studies


Jewish Studies Graduate Programs at Spertus are designed for students who seek to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through advanced scholarship. Taught by distinguished faculty, courses are offered at our downtown Chicago campus at twice-yearly seminars and through a selection of distance learning formats. We embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage intellectual and spiritual reflection. Our master’s and doctoral students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

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Onsite Jewish Studies Seminars


Our twice yearly seminars offer dedicated time to advance your studies, learn with skilled and accomplished faculty, and engage with your fellow students from around the world. During the seminars, courses are offered that meet a variety of program requirements for students in Spertus Jewish Studies master’s and doctoral programs. Visit to learn more. Or contact Director of Enrollment Anita Silvert at or 312.322.1707.


Spring Seminar Sunday, March 19 through Thursday, March 23, 2017 Offerings include: Dr. Igal German on Jewish Interpretations of Sin Dr. Anne Knafl on Reading Biblical Narrative Rabbi Dr. Vernon Kurtz leading a Midrash Seminar Dr. Julie Harris on Medieval Haggadot


Summer Seminar Sunday, July 16 through Thursday, July 20, 2017


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Courses and faculty being confirmed at press time. Check website for details.

Ground Level Arts Lab Located on Spertus Institute’s first floor, the Ground Level Arts Lab is a new 1,600-square-foot programmatic space for Jewish art, artists, and our community.

The Ground Level Arts Lab features a display of artifacts from Spertus Institute’s impressive collections around its perimeter, putting these works on view for both researchers and members of the public. In the center is flexible space for changing exhibits. The first of these is Voices of Wisdom. The Ground Level Arts Lab is made possible in part through the generous support of the Harry and Sadie Lasky and Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundations.

Artist-Led Tour Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 4 pm Sylvia Alotta | Susan Dickman | Ellen Holtzblatt Judith Joseph | Carol Neiger Tour Voices of Wisdom with artists as your guides. Hear about the ideas and experiences at the heart of their projects and learn about the techniques and materials used to create them. Free. Visit to reserve your spot.

Collection Highlights Online Highlights from Spertus Institute’s collection can also be viewed online. Visit Funded in part by a grant from Luis and Fortuna Spitz.

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Current New Works from the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Voices of Wisdom Through March 19, 2017


Voices of Wisdom showcases new works created by Spertus Institute’s inaugural cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. This year-long initiative brought together twelve distinguished local artists for workshops, study, and critiques. During the course of the program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of Wisdom. In the resulting work, now on view, the artists reinvent rituals, personalize liturgy, and capture the ever-changing face of Jewish life.


Ground Level Arts Lab Exhibit Hours

Admission is free.


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Sunday 10 am – 5 pm Monday –Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm Thursday 9 am – 6 pm Friday 9 am – 3 pm Spertus Institute is closed to the public on Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays.

Many Things, detail, Ben Shahn, 1968, from the portfolio For the Sake of a Single Verse Spertus Institute Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Bernhard

Ground Level Arts Lab Exhibit Hours Sunday 10 am – 5 pm Monday –Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm Thursday 9 am – 6 pm Friday 9 am – 3 pm Spertus Institute is closed to the public on Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays. Admission is free.



Ben Shahn

If Not Now, When? April 9 – August 27, 2017 Leadership

Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn (1898–1969) was a committed activist and humanist. Using social realism to protest political attitudes of the time, his work reveals a passionate search for social justice and an engagement with questions about his spiritual and ethnic identity. He explored polemic themes of modern urban life, organized labor, immigration, and injustice.

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Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When? includes one of the last projects on which Shahn worked before his death, a series of 24 lithographs illustrating a passage from the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge from 1910. All works in this exhibit are from the Spertus collection.

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Contexts for Today Sunday, April 23 from 4 to 6 pm Resources

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773. Wine and beer available for purchase. Join Dr. Susan Chevlowe, organizer of The Jewish Museum, New York’s 1998 exhibit, Ben Shahn, Common Man, Mythic Vision, as she leads a discussion about the transformative and relevant power of Ben Shahn’s art.


Dr. Susan Chevlowe is Chief Curator and Director of the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at New York’s Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She has worked as a curator at The Jewish Museum, New York, and taught in the Jewish Art and Visual Culture program at New York’s Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Six-pointed Stars of David on an ancient door in Tunisia.


3-Part Mini-Course

Jewish-Muslim Relations Tuesday evenings March 7, 14, and 21 7:45 to 9:15 pm


Partner program held at North Suburban Synogogue Beth El 1175 N. Sheridan Road, Highland Park $75 | $60 for members of Spertus and NSS Beth El $40 students and Spertus alumni Register online at or call 312.322.1773.

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Be there when esteemed scholar Dr. Jacob Lassner brings his vast knowledge of the Near East to a topic that could not be more relevant. Trace the origins of Muslim attitudes toward Jews and Judaism. Gain a nuanced and historically rooted view of Muslim tolerance and intolerance. Explore where solutions to the ArabIsrael problem might be found.


Dr. Jacob Lassner is the Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and former director of Northwestern’s Jewish Studies program. This special series incorporates the Annual Norman Asher Memorial Program and Annual Horwitz Family Program in Jewish History, generously endowed by the Horwitz Charitable Fund.


Public and Academic Program Scholarships


Thanks to the foresight and philanthropy of many individuals and foundations, scholarships are available for people who want to participate in select Spertus public and academic programs. If you are interested in providing scholarship support, we welcome your generosity. Please contact Ellen Hattenbach, Vice President for External Relations, at 312.322.1262.

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Chamber Music with the Atar Trio Pianist Ofer Shelley, violinist Tanya Beltser, and cellist Marina Katz


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Legends of Jewish Music Sunday, April 2 at 2 pm $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.


The Atar Trio is a leading Israeli chamber ensemble known for original and adventurous musical projects. For their Chicago visit, they will perform new interpretations of Jewish, Israeli, and world music along with exciting arrangements of traditional chamber music by composers Bernstein, Bloch, and others.

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Atar Trio is regularly invited to take part in programs in Israel, Europe, and the US. Recent tours have taken them to Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Thank You to our Sponsor

This concert is part of the Solomon Goldman Program Series, generously endowed by the late Rose and Sidney Shure.

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Why Do Jews Answer Questions With Questions? Why Not? Sunday, May 7 at 2 pm $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773. Join Dr. Menahem Blondheim when he reveals how Jewish discursive styles are unique, reflecting cultural patterns and practices dating back at least to the Talmud. In a bold shift from past to future, he’ll also propose that aspects of Israeli startup culture reflect these same ancient patterns.


This is the Spertus Institute 2017 Alex and Klara Tulsky Presentation on the Jewish Future.


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Dr. Menahem Blondheim is the Karl and Matilda Newhouse Professor of Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he heads the Truman Institute, the Middle East’s first and largest peace Institute. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and was formerly an entrepreneur and executive in Israel’s high-tech industry.

Israel: Many Voices Stories from and of the Land Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 pm DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago North Shore Conference Center 9599 Skokie Blvd | Skokie Tickets $5 in advance | $10 at the door Buy advance tickets online at or call 312.322.1773

Spertus Institute, with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, spearheads a community-wide initiative that brings together Jewish organizations across the Chicago-area to plan collaborative opportunities like this program. Find out more at

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Storytellers will be selected from our community. We anticipate a wide range of topics from both experienced writers and performers and first-timers. The storytelling

will be preceded by an opening reception and followed by an opportunity for participants to engage in a discussion about the presentation topics.


Join us all for a performance program featuring local storytellers, live on stage, sharing their personal experiences about Israel.


This event is a collaboration with 30+ Jewish organizations from across the Chicago area.

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Thank you to our growing list of sponsors and business partners Your support makes our educational opportunities and public programming possible

You, too, can benefit from being a sponsor. Contact Ellen Hattenbach, Spertus Vice President of External Relations, at to learn how.

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Remember the special people in your life with cards that celebrate and commemorate. Arts & Culture

Tribute or Memorial Cards Sending a tribute or memorial card is meaningful way to honor life’s milestones. Let Spertus Institute send one of the specially designed cards shown here, with your personal note, when you make a taxdeductible donation of $36 or above. Cards can be sent by email or post. Your gift to Spertus Institute makes a critical contribution to the Jewish community, advancing Jewish learning, training Jewish leaders, and sustaining Jewish culture, now and for generations to come.


Arrange online at or call 312.322.1777.

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” (unless you have an ebook) —Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence by Lee Siegel (Yale University Press) is just one of the ebook titles available from Spertus Institute’s Asher Library.

The Asher Library’s ebook collection is a rich assortment of fascinating new titles in Jewish religion, history, culture, and fiction, available to Spertus students and members at the click of a mouse. Find easy instructions—with links for browsing, searching, and downloading to your device—at the Online Resources page on the Spertus website. Contact our librarians at 312.322.1712 or if you have questions— or suggestions for new titles for our eblook collection. The Spertus ebook collection is supported, in part, through the generosity of Howard Zar.

Asher Library | Hours | Sunday 12–4 pm | Monday 10 am–6 pm | Wednesday 10 am–4 pm Asher Library borrowing privileges are reserved for Spertus students and members. See membership details on facing page.

One Book | One Community Want to be among the first to know what book will be selected for 2017? Sign up at For the past six years, Spertus Institute has proudly spearheaded One Book | One Community, in which a single book is selected for discussions and events in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. Thank you to everyone who joined last year, reading and thinking and talking about The Imperial Wife and meeting author Irina Reyn at one of her two area presentations. Thank you Thank You 2016 One Book Partner Media Sponsor

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Become a Member Your membership fees directly support extraordinary programs, resources, and opportunities that foster a vibrant, dynamic, and enduring Jewish future. In exchange—you receive benefits, bragging rights, and our eternal gratitude!

Individual $60

Select discounts from Spertus partners

Household $75 and Senior $50 (for those 65+) All benefits of Individual Membership, but for two people (Includes a second member card)

Associate $100 All benefits of Household Membership plus Online Recognition

SpertusNet $50


Discounts on tickets to performances, films, lectures, author events, and more Discounts on master classes and workshops Asher Library borrowing privileges and access to online resources Discount subscription to Moment, North America’s premier Jewish magazine 10% discount at JUDAICA.COM



Library borrowing privileges and online access to the Feinberg eCollection. This benefit is included with all Individual, Household, Senior, and Associate Memberships


Join or Renew Today To join or renew online, click the Join link at To join or renew by email or phone, contact Regina Rivers at or 312.322.1777


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Chamber music from the adventurous Atar Trio on stage April 2

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