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Spertus Presents

A Center for Jewish Learning & Culture

Spertus Prime A dynamic, original, thought-provoking speaker series P12

Explore the Jewish Experience

Cokie Roberts Join MacArthur Fellow and award-winning writer Peter Cole for The Poetry of Kabbalah P9 See Incessant Visions, “a story of bravery, genius, triumph, and tragedy.� P11 Jonathan Safran Foer

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with a series of programs at Spertus and in the suburbs! P17 Calendar | News Sep | Oct | Nov 2012

Tzipi Livni

Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

Spertus is a center for Jewish learning and culture that invites people of all backgrounds to explore the multifaceted Jewish experience. Through innovative public programming, exhibits, collections, research facilities, and degree programs, Spertus inspires learning, serves diverse communities, and fosters understanding for Jews and people of all faiths, locally, regionally, and around the world.

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

Spertus is closed to the public on Saturdays and these upcoming holidays: Labor Day Closed Monday, September 3 Rosh Hashanah Closed Sunday, September 16 at 1 pm (Library closed all day) Closed Monday & Tuesday, September 17 & 18 Yom Kippur Closed Tuesday, September 25 at 1 pm Closed Wednesday, September 26

Sukkot Closed Sunday, September 30 at 3 pm (Library closed all day) Closed Monday & Tuesday, October 1 & 2 Shemini Atzeret | Simchat Torah Closed Sunday, October 7 at 3 pm (Library closed all day) Closed Monday & Tuesday, October 8 & 9 Thanksgiving Closed Thursday, November 22

The Spertus Shop and Asher Library will be closed September 5–7 for a private event.

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.

Follow Spertus on Facebook and Twitter to get exclusive updates, invites, and discounts. Discount Parking $10 with Spertus validation at: at the Essex Inn 8th Street and Michigan Avenue (2 blocks south of Spertus) Enter on 8th between Michigan and Wabash

The Joyce and Avrum Gray Children’s Center is not currently open to the public. Contact if interested in holding an event in this space.

public programs

At Spertus

Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy P5 Shofar, So Good: Rosh Hashanah Cooking Class P7

Public Programs


Peter Cole on The Poetry of Kabbalah P9 Open House Chicago P9 Cokie Roberts on The Impact of the Jewish Vote: Election 2012 P12 Jonathan Safran Foer on Judaism, Writing, and Inspiration P13 Tzipi Livni on Recent Developments in the Middle East P13 The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought P15 One Book | One Community P17

Exhibits & Collections

Incessant Visions with Architect Stanley Tigerman P11

Graduate Program in Jewish Professional Studies P22 A Celebration of Jewish Professional Life P23 Advanced Biblical Hebrew P25 Graduate Program in Nonprofit Management P27 Grantwriting Certificate Workshop P27

Around Town

Opening of Shalom Chicago P21

Professional Development

Certificate in Jewish Leadership P23

Potato Prowess: Hanukkah Cooking Class P7

In The Suburbs


Biblical Approach to Mental Health P25 exhibits and collections Uncovered & Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago P19

Degree Programs

One Book | One Community P17

A Gift to Biro-Bidjan P19 Shalom Chicago at the Chicago History Museum P21 news New Chairman for Spertus Board of Trustees P30 benefits of membership P31


Letter from the President P4

Letter from the President Dear Members of the Spertus Family: With this Calendar of Events, we are very proud to announce Spertus Prime, a year-long series featuring prominent speakers on topics of great interest to you, the members of our Spertus family. Thanks to the support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation and other generous donors, we look forward to welcoming Cokie Roberts, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Tzipi Livni to Spertus over the next several months to speak on topics as diverse and resonant as Spertus itself. Please see page 13 for details regarding tickets. In addition to Spertus Prime, you will notice that an exciting collection of educational and cultural programming, affordably priced and available throughout greater Chicago, awaits you. This year, our second annual One Book | One Community initiative features Mary Glickman’s wonderful One More River. It gets underway in November in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. (See pages 16 and 17.) Spertus faculty and staff have planned a broad spectrum of programs that is both deep and wide. We have listened carefully to your feedback and believe we have responded accordingly. As you will see, this is truly an unprecedented start to the Jewish New Year. A new year is a time of transition, and, with that in mind, we welcome a new Chairman of the Board, Mark Mehlman, whose devotion to Spertus spans more than two decades. And we take a moment to acknowledge and thank our outgoing Chair, Donna Barrows, for her years of inspired leadership. To all of you, my best wishes for a healthy, sweet, and meaningful 5773. I look forward to seeing you at a variety of Spertus events in the weeks and months ahead. L’shana tova tikateivu. May you be inscribed for a good year.

Dr. Hal M. Lewis is President and CEO of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies 4

Public Programs Exhibits & Collections


A Journey to Jewish Joy

Yippee is an infectious road movie filled with electricity and awe. Mazursky is a funny, curious, and generous guide. A post-screening discussion will be led by Dr. Joshua M. Shanes.

Degree Programs

Directed by award-winning filmmaker, actor, and scriptwriter Paul Mazursky (Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; Down and Out in Beverly Hills; Enemies: A Love Story), Yippee chronicles the director’s whirlwind journey to Uman, a small Ukrainian town that is the site of an annual gathering of tens of thousands of Hasidic Jewish men making Rosh Hashanah pilgrimages to the burial place of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772–1810).

Professional Development

f il m screening | discussion Sunday, September 9 at 2 pm

Dr. Joshua M. Shanes is associate professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston. A native of Chicago, he teaches and has published widely on Jewish cultural and political history.



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

Spertus Kosher Catering

At Our Place or Yours Spertus Kosher Catering featuring Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck brings together two premier organizations—both dedicated to creativity and excellence. Chicago’s most noted kosher chef, Laura Frankel, serves as executive chef, preparing adventurous and gourmet kosher cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Whether you are planning a simcha at our award-winning Spertus facility, hosting guests in your home, or congregating colleagues in a special venue (or just at the office), the event staff of Venue SIX10 are here (or there) for you! Visit or call 312.322.1718 to start planning your event!

Chef Laura’s Rosh Hashanah Cooking Class

Shofar, So Good

Public Programs

sper t us is cooking Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm

Cook Up a Sweet New Year

Chef Laura Frankel is Executive Chef for Spertus Kosher Catering and the author of the Chosen Bites column in the Jerusalem Post. She is a passionate teacher who has made it her mission to reimagine and revitalize the diverse and delicious traditions of Jewish cooking.

December 4 at 6:30 pm At the Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 W. Touhy Avenue, Chicago

Chef Laura’s Hanukkah Cooking Class

Potato Prowess

Learn the secrets to perfect latkes!

Chef Laura will teach you the secrets to crispy-crunchy latkes with three different delicious apple sauces. Learn which oil is best for frying, which kinds of potatoes make the best latkes, and how to make latkes ahead and beautifully serve them up for company.



$25 | $18 for Spertus members. Please call us for group rates. Comes with take-home copies of the featured recipes. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

Degree Programs

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Professional Development

$25 | $18 for Spertus members. Please call us for group rates. Comes with take-home copies of the featured recipes. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

Exhibits & Collections

Honeycrisp, Winesap, Empire — Would an apple by any other name taste as sweet? You decide! Let Chef Laura Frankel guide you through a smorgasbord of locally grown apples and then demonstrate gourmet dishes perfect for a Jewish New Year’s celebration. Following the program, Chef Laura will sign copies of her cookbooks, available for purchase from the Spertus Shop.

The Poetry of Kabbalah Acclaimed writer Peter Cole is joined by professor Rachel Shteir for a reading and conversation about his new book, The Poetry of Kabbalah.

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773. This program is part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure. The Spertus Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the Margot and Thomas Pritzker Foundation.



Spertus is pleased to again be a site for Open House Chicago, a festival of free behind-the-scenes access to many of Chicago’s great spaces and places. Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Learn more at

Degree Programs

Sunday, October 14 from 9 am to 5 pm

Professional Development

Dr. Rachel Shteir is a professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is the author of several books, most recently The Steal, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, and Tablet.

Exhibits & Collections

Peter Cole is the author of a number of books, including Things on Which I’ve Stumbled and Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of Cairo Geniza, co-written with Adina Hoffman. He is the translator of numerous volumes from Hebrew and Arabic, including the acclaimed anthology The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950–1492. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and the PEN Translation Prize for Poetry. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Public Programs

l ec t ure | recep t ion | book signing Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm

Incessant Visions

Israeli director Duki Dror unfolds the amazing story of Mendelsohn’s life through letters exchanged with his wife Luise, an accomplished cellist. The film explores Mendelsohn’s rise as an architectural visionary, his friendships with Albert Einstein and Frank Lloyd Wright, and the jagged trajectory of his career as he worked in England, Israel, and the United States.

Stanley Tigerman is a principal in the Chicago design firm Tigerman McCurry Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He holds two architectural degrees from Yale University, has written seven books, and has designed buildings throughout the world. Mr. Tigerman will represent the U.S. at the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Professional Development

A post-screening discussion will be led by world-renowned architect Stanley Tigerman.

Exhibits & Collections

In March 1933, German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn, head of Germany’s largest architectural firm, fled Berlin, foreseeing grave consequences from Hitler’s rise to power. In Amsterdam he bumped into an acquaintance who asked what he was doing there. The reply: “I’m relocating my office.” It wouldn’t be the last time Mendelsohn would start over in a foreign land.

Public Programs

f il m screening | discussion | recep t ion Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm

$20 | Reception included. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

“Seductive…” G a lo A r t M ag a zine “A triumph!” Georgi a F ilm Guide

Degree Programs

“A story of bravery, genius, triumph and tragedy.” S t. Louis Be acon

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a nnouncing!

Spertus Prime

A Dynamic, Original, Thought-Provoking Speaker Series Made possible with the support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation and other generous donors

Cokie Roberts


Sunday, October 28 at 1 pm (please note special time)

Cokie Roberts on The Impact of the Jewish Vote: Election 2012 Cokie Roberts is a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and

a political commentator for ABC News, where she co-anchored This Week with Sam Donaldson. She was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting, has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. Ms. Roberts and her husband, Steven V. Roberts, are contributing writers for USA Weekend. Together they wrote From This Day Forward, an account of their more than 40-year marriage. The book became a New York Times bestseller, following Ms. Roberts’ bestselling We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters. She and her husband also co-wrote Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. 12


VIP seating and private reception Each program will be followed by a private reception with the presenter. $250 per person includes one VIP ticket to the corresponding program. Supports critical Spertus programming. To reserve, call 312.322.1758.


Jonathan Safran Foer on Judaism, Writing, and Inspiration

Jonathan Safran Foer

Tzipi Livni

Professional Development

Jonathan Safran Foer is an author of several bestselling books. His debut novel, Everything is Illuminated, won Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Both it and his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, have been made into featurelength films. Mr. Foer is the winner of numerous awards, including the National Jewish Book Award. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s “People of the Year” and Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest.” He is currently the Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writerin-Residence at New York University and is working on a TV pilot for HBO starring Ben Stiller.

Exhibits & Collections

Sunday, January 13 at 2 pm

Public Programs

Tickets for each program $75, $50, & $35. All seats reserved. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

Tzipi Livni on An Insider’s View of Recent Developments in the Middle East



Tzipi Livni is the former Vice Prime Minister of Israel and former Chief Negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. She served as Opposition Leader as the head of Kadima, Israel’s centrist political party, from 2009 to 2011. During her tenure in Israeli politics, she also served as Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Justice. An attorney by profession, Ms. Livni received her law degree from Bar-Ilan University. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

Degree Programs


Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm

Not in the Heavens

The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought

Dr. David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California at Davis. His current projects include editing the Judaism section in the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions and serving as project director for the international team writing A History of Hasidism.

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

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Asher Library

To search the Asher Library catalog, visit Spertus membership includes Asher Library borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, and access to our online resurces—even if you live out of town.

Degree Programs

The collection of the Asher Library at Spertus includes Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, plus 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.

Professional Development

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

Exhibits & Collections

Over the last three centuries, thinkers from Spinoza to Einstein have established a distinctive tradition of Jewish secular thought. Yet secularism did not necessarily mean a total rupture from Jewish religious tradition. Instead, argues Dr. David Biale in Not in the Heavens, secular thinkers appropriated the three religious categories of God, Torah, and Israel and filled them with new, this-worldly meaning.

Public Programs

l ec t ure | book signing Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm

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

Hear past programs in the comfort of your own home!



Audio of select Spertus programs is available for free on our website for you to enjoy, share, and discuss. Visit and look for the audio designation in the Past Programs section at

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One Book | One Community

About the Book Mickey Moe Levy and Laura Ann Needleman are in love. But to prove his worth and pedigree, Mickey Moe must uncover his deceased father’s past. Moving seamlessly between the 1920s and 1960s, One More River explores race, class, and Jewish life in the American South.

About the Author Readers’ Guide Starting September 20, visit to download your Readers’ Guide!

JUF News is proud to be the media sponsor for One Book for Chicago’s Jewish Community programs.

Mary Glickman is a writer who has worked as a public relations professional and fundraiser for Jewish organizations. Born in Boston to an Irish-Polish Catholic family, Glickman felt an affinity toward Judaism and converted when she married. She lives in Seabrook Island, SC, with her husband, her cat, and her horse, named King of Harts. Her first book, Home in the Morning, has been optioned for film by Jim Kohlberg, director of The Music Never Stopped.


Public Programs

In conjunction with Jewish Book Month, Spertus presents a series of activities and resources, all related to a single book. This year’s selection, recommended by Spertus staff and dedicated readers, is One More River by Mary Glickman, a finalist for the Jewish Book Award in Fiction. One More River will be for sale at the Spertus Shop and One Book events.


Shalom Y’all

$20. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.


Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm at Spertus

Book Talk Join us for a free informal discussion of One More River. Led by Rachel Kamin, Director of Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Perfect for those who have read the book, plan to read the book, or just want to learn more.

Sunday, December 2 from 9:30 to 11 am Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago


Degree Programs

aut hor e v ent s | book signings

Spertus welcomes author Mary Glickman for three free presentations in three locations!

Professional Development

Traveling in a vintage Cadillac, filmmaker Brian Bain, a thirdgeneration Jew from New Orleans, takes a 4,200-mile road trip through the American South. Bain discovers a vibrant regional culture and history infused with both Jewish and Southern roots. This film sets the stage for our One Book I One Community selection. Enjoy the film, refreshments, and a chance to learn more about One More River and Jewish life below the Mason Dixon Line.

Exhibits & Collections

kick- of f e v ent | f il m screening Saturday, November 10 at 7 pm at Spertus

Sunday, December 2 from 2:30 to 4 pm Congregation Etz Chaim 1710 South Highland Avenue, Lombard

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Monday, December 3 Reception & Booksigning at 7 pm Author Presentation at 7:45 pm North Suburban Synagogue Beth El 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

Collection Highlights While at Spertus, you can view art from our collections 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 of the tour brochure. Exhibits at Spertus are supported in part by a CityArts 4 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

Exhibit Hours Sunday–Wednesday 10 am–5 pm Thursday 10 am–6 pm Friday 10 am–3 pm Saturday Closed Above: From Chapter Seven of Uncovered & Rediscovered, Todros Geller’s South Chicago (City Landscape), 1946, Spertus Collection Left: Aaron Bohrod, West Side, from the album A Gift to Biro-Bidjan (Chicago: L.M. Stein, 1937), Spertus Collection. On facing page: From Chapter Six of Uncovered & Rediscovered, Annual Yearbook of the Zionist Organization of Chicago, 1943, Spertus Collection.


Uncovered & Rediscovered Stories of Jewish Chicago

Admission to the exhibit and related multimedia screening station is free.

Chapter Six: A Jewish Homeland June 3–September 20

Chapter Seven: Jewish Modernists in Chicago October 21, 2012–April 26, 2013



This chapter shares the work of an influential group of Jewish artists active in Chicago between 1920 and 1945. Predominantly Eastern European immigrants or first generation Americans, many began their careers during the Great Depression as painters for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Modernists, as they were called, painted from personal experience and were influenced by the energy of their growing metropolis. See works by Todros Geller, A. Raymond Katz, Mitchell Siporin, Fritzi Brod, and others, and learn the stories of places they gathered including Hull House, the Jewish People’s Institute, and Around the Palette (the forerunner of the American Jewish Artists Club).

Degree Programs

This segment also explores local responses to the unfolding horror of Nazism and the celebration at the Chicago Stadium for the founding of the state of Israel.

Professional Development

This chapter documents efforts of Chicagoans to secure a homeland for the Jewish people, beginning with the founding of this country’s first Zionist organization on Chicago’s Near West Side in 1896. Learn of little-known episodes such as evangelical Protestant William Blackstone’s petition to Presidents Harrison and Wilson to establish a Jewish state in Palestine and the efforts of a prominent group of Chicagoans to create a Jewish homeland in Siberia.

Exhibits & Collections

Uncovered & Rediscovered is an exhibit series that explores the Chicago Jewish experience. The exhibit unfolds in a series of intimate chapters (each on display for several months on the ground floor of the Spertus building). Using materials from Spertus’ extensive and varied holdings, this project tells the tales of Chicago’s Jewish pioneers and politicians, artists and anarchists, authors and entrepreneurs, and even boxers.

Public Programs

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An exhibit at the Chicago History Museum about the city’s Jewish community

e x hibit October 21, 2012–September 2, 2013 at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago Parking available at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle

Shalom Chicago Presented in collaboration with Spertus, Shalom Chicago is an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum about the city’s Jewish community. It illustrates the community’s rich history and contributions to Chicago’s growth and development through personal stories, rare artifacts (many on loan from Spertus), and engaging multimedia presentations. For information call 312.642.4600 or visit

Special offer for Spertus members Present your membership card for free admission to the Chicago History Museum from October 21, 2012, through September 2, 2013. Receive discounted pricing on all Shalom Chicago programs, including Jewish theater performances, Mah Jongg games, tours, and more!


Public Programs

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Join us for the Opening Day Celebration! Listen to the lively music of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, schmooze with the exhibit team, nosh on traditional foods, and make and take a crafty souvenir. Admission free for Spertus and Chicago History Museum members. Free with Chicago History Museum admission ($14 for adults | $12 for seniors | $10 for students).


Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm at Chicago History Museum

Professional Development

Sunday, October 21 from 12 to 5 pm at Chicago History Museum

Exhibits & Collections

Star of David stained glass window from Temple Emanuel, c. 1908, Chicago History Museum purchase

Synagogues of Mexico (Sinagogas de México)

$12 | $10 for Spertus and Chicago History Museum members This program is a collaboration between the Chicago History Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the American Jewish Committee.

Degree Programs

Learn about the significant Jewish population in Mexico and the thriving, active Mexican Jewish population in Chicago. Join Mónica Unikel-Fasja, author of Sinagogas de México, as she gives voice to the incredible architecture and history of synagogues in Mexico and examines what it means to be cross-culturally Jewish.


Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm at Spertus

Everyone Loves Chicken Soup $25 | $18 for Spertus and Chicago History Museum members. Includes take-home recipes. 21


Join Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel for a demonstration and taste exploration of everyone’s favorite winter curative.

5000+ years of Jewish learning Fresh, contemporary relevance for you and your career

Lisette Zaid, Program Director, Lewis Summer Internship Program, The Hillels of Illinois

“Through the Spertus program, I 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.”

Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies The Spertus 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, cultivated critical leadership skills, built communal links, and gained insight into how to meet Jewish community needs. The program’s first cohorts of Chicago-area professionals were so successful that the program is now being offered in other U.S. cities and in Canada, as well as here at home in Chicago. More information available at

Spertus also offers Masters and Doctoral programs in Jewish Studies, onsite and through distance learning. To learn more, visit 22

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership

The leadership training, mentorship opportunites, and convenience you want, in a distinctly Jewish context

Classes begin in November. Applications being taken now. Visit

Celebration of Jewish Professional Life Hear Jane Eisner, editorin-chief of the Forward, on Where Are the Women in Jewish Professional Life?

Degree Programs

Join the faculty and students of the Spertus MAJPS program for an evening of networking, refreshments, and discussion of the issues driving change and growth in Jewish organizations.

Professional Development

prof e ssion a l ne t working e v ent Wednesday, November 14 Reception at 5:30 pm | Program at 6 pm

Exhibits & Collections

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership — jointly sponsored by Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and Spertus — blends timeless leadership insight from classic Jewish texts with best practices from today’s business world to enhance the effectiveness of Jewish leaders. You’ll join a cohort of supportive peers — rising stars at the mid and senior level — and faculty mentors with outstanding academic and professional credentials. Students are paired with seasoned Jewish professionals as mentors who lend their expertise to students’ real-world challenges.

Public Programs

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Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, is the first woman to head the Forward, an influential national Jewish newspaper that covers politics, social issues, and Jewish arts and culture. Since joining the Forward in 2008, Ms. Eisner has led the publication to win numerous awards for its original journalism.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Daily Forward.



Free. Reservations requested by October 31 at


A Biblical Approach to Mental Health

Public Programs

onl ine cour se Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, December 7

An integrative continuing education course offered in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Taught by Kalman J. Kaplan, PhD and Paul Cantz, PsyD.

This online course is designed to bridge that gap. Students will compare Biblical and Greek perspectives on interpersonal relationships. They will learn to identify Greek biases and explore how religious beliefs impact mental health.

Dr. Kalman Kaplan is a professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He is an expert in the emerging field of Biblical psychology.

For tuition and registration information, visit

10 - w eek cour se Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm, September 12 | October 10, 17, 24, and 31 November 7, 14 and 28 | December 5

Degree Programs

Advanced Biblical Hebrew Fall Session with Dr. Bernard Grossfeld Tuition $350 | $315 for Spertus members and alumni Pre-registration requested. Call 312.322.1773.



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

Dr. Paul Cantz is a clinical instructor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the supervising psychologist at Hartgrove Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program.

Professional Development

Course completion earns 36 CE credits accepted by Spertus and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Students will receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Exhibits & Collections

Much of traditional psychotherapy is based on classical Greek narratives, leaving therapists less cognizant of the Biblical narratives that are important to many of those they treat.

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Marketing from the Heart By Lori Finkel for Spertus

Cindy Stern, an accomplished brand strategist who has worked with big-

name clients like Target and United Airlines, is getting ready to graduate from Spertus with a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) . Cindy, now the director of Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, was kind enough to chat about making the leap from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector. Read the full interview at Why transition from corporate life to working in the nonprofit sector? I enjoyed what I was doing but on the side I contributed to nonprofits in whatever capacity I could. When the economy tanked, I told myself now’s the time to do what I really love.

Nonprofits, although they care deeply about the people they serve, must also work toward taking that extra step to set themselves apart. You have experience in leadership roles at major corporations, do people ask why you went back to school? I’m asked that a lot, especially from people who are also in leadership positions at nonprofits. They say, “I already know this stuff.” I tell them it’s not about what you already know. It’s about asking, “How can I be better?” Good leaders have to have the courage to guide others. The MSNM prepares you for that.

How has your corporate experience helped you in the nonprofit realm? While working in advertising, I loved creating strategic alliances between clients and corporations. How do you set a business apart? You do something different, something that makes people happy. In 1994, I suggested that United Airlines serve Starbucks on flights.

Spertus is glad to be partnering with Cindy and the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema to present Incessant Visions on October 24. See page 11 for details. Make the leap to do what you really love by visiting 26

Put Your Passion into Action! Whether you’re seeking to effect local change or global impact, the place to start is with the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) program. The MSNM is offered in three convenient formats: a one-evening-per-week program, an accelerated evening program, and an accelerated daytime format.

Exhibits & Collections

Classes provide experience you can immediately put to use in your current role, plus skills and a network of colleagues to pave the way for career development. Our graduates go on to create change as nonprofit administrators, fundraisers, political officials, grassroots organizers, community advocates, educators, and social entrepreneurs. September and October cohorts forming now.

Public Programs

m a s t er of science in nonprof it m a n agement

Monday, September 10 at 6pm To RSVP or learn more, visit, email or 312.322.1707.

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 1 year of graduation Can’t attend the Information Session? Call or email to set up an individual meeting. We can even set up a coffee date near your office. Contact Susan Greenwald at or 312.322.1707.

Grantwriting Certificate Workshop Unlock ways to help your organization secure funds by learning to write winning grants. Learn to research funders, frame project goals in relation to grant guidelines, and compete for funding from foundations and corporations. Perfect for nonprofit professionals and volunteers. Attendees of Grantwriting Workshop receive a certificate of completion. Participation is applicable for 6.5 CFRE points in Category 1.B.

$149 ($129 for Spertus members, students, and alumni). Includes kosher lunch. Reserve online at or call 312.322.1773. 27


Taught by Dr. Karin Baird, Acting Director of the Spertus Nonprofit Management degree program.

Degree Programs

Thursday, October 18 from 9 am to 4 pm

Professional Development

Join us for an upcoming Information Session

The Spertus Shop Chicago’s go-to place for all things Jewish. Our knowledgeable staff can help you select just the right gift for a holiday, wedding, bar or bat mitzvah or any simcha.

The Spertus Shop would like to remind you that Rosh Hashannah begins at sundown on Sunday, September 16 and Hanukkah at sundown on Saturday, December 8.

It Must Beelove Make like an apple and dip yourself in sweetness with the Beelove skin care line. Made with real honey from a local urban apiary. Purchase of Beelove products supports Sweet Beginnings, a green-industry backto-work program.

Aim for a Sweet New Year Internationally renowned artist Michael Aram’s nickel-plated apple is pierced with an arrow-shaped spoon, giving this honey holder folksy flavor. $79

Gift set $15.95, items also sold individually

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

Free ground shipping on orders over $100. 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! 24

Public Programs Exhibits & Collections

Hanukkah Electronica A silver and white, light-weight menorah that illuminates when you flip its tiny switch. Hit the “Light” button to make the candles glow one-by-one. Flames flicker and dim to “off” after 45 minutes, about the time it used to take fire to melt candles before they went digital. $20

Professional Development

What a Wonderful Whirl

The eco-conscious choice, this LED menorah is made from recycled computer motherboard. $26

Spin some color into your Hanukkah game with this anodized aluminum dreidel from Israel. $45

Degree Programs

No Oil, No Toil

Extra discount of 20% for all Spertus members during the month of November, on everything except special orders.


Your purchases support Spertus programs, helping foster Jewish culture and education. The Spertus Shop is endowed by George and Mae Bariff. 29

It is with great enthusiasm that Spertus announces the appointment of Mark F. Mehlman as the 30th Chairman of Spertus Institute’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Mehlman joined the Spertus Board in 1992 and has since served as a trusted advisor to Spertus lay and professional leaders. He is a partner in the real estate practice of SNR Denton and has served on the law firm’s Policy and Planning Committee for 18 years. He and his wife Barbara live in Highland Park.

From the Chair Many years ago, when I was invited to join the Spertus Board, the decision to accept was made easy for me by the variety and quality of Spertus’ offerings, the commitment and enthusiasm of the Trustees, and the vision and dedication of the professional staff. Since then, each of these attributes of Spertus has become even more impressive. Our professional and lay leadership has continued to distinguish itself even when severely tested by the unfavorable economy; a challenge Spertus shares with many other institutions. Spertus’ commitment to the Jewish community has not wavered and its vision remains focused—to continue its role as one of the leading centers of Jewish learning in the United States. Perhaps nothing demonstrates this more than Spertus’ recent educational affiliations with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, the expansion to Canada and Pittsburgh of its Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies degree program, and its collaboration with a number of suburban synagogues to make its programming readily accessible to an ever larger segment of the community. With this type of creative growth, innovation, and dedication to its mission, my appreciation of Spertus and support for its role in our Jewish community is stronger than ever.

Mark F. Mehlman, Chairman

Tributes and Memorial Giving Are Special Ways to Express Love and Gratitude 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. Do you have a special celebration coming up? Request that donations be made to Spertus in lieu of gifts for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or bar and bat mitzvot. You can make a tribute gift online at or call 312.322.1758. 30

Public Programs

All of us at Spertus extend our gratitude to Donna Barrows, Board Chair since 2008, for serving with the utmost enthusiasm, grace, and generosity!

Donna, thank you!

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Enjoy the Benefits of Jewish Learning and Culture! Online access to the full-text databases of more than a thousand books and tens of thousands of journal articles Library borrowing privileges

Professional Development

Become a Spertus Member Today

r tu s Net $ 50 v id u al $ 6 0 H ou s e ho ld $ 75* A ss o ciate $10 0

benef it s of member ship

10% discount in the Spertus Shop Discounts on tickets to performances, lectures, author events, and more

Benefits for two people and a second member card Recognition as a donor in print and online

*Adults over 65 are eligible to receive a Household membership at a discounted rate of $40.

Degree Programs

Discount on mini-courses and workshops

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Spertus Institutional Calendar Fall 2012  
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Spertus Institutional Calendar Fall 2012