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A Center for Jewish Learning & Culture

See Shadows and Sojouners

Explore the Jewish Experience

A retrospective of East German films presented with the Goethe-Institut P18

Rediscover Felix Mendelssohn with Maestro Stephen Somary and WFMT P17 Hear Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, on Judaism, Writing, and Inspiration P14 Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Spertus P29

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with programs at Spertus and in the suburbs! P7

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

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

Spertus is closed to the public on Saturdays and these upcoming holidays: Thanksgiving Closed Thursday, November 22 Offices and Library closed Friday, November 23, Spertus Shop open Christmas Eve Monday, December 24

Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25 New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31 New Year’s Day Tuesday, 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.

Follow Spertus on Facebook and Twitter to get exclusive updates, invites, and discounts.

Cover image: Film still from The Murderers Are Among Us © DEFA Film Library

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.

Thanks to the foresight and philanthropy of many individuals over many years, scholarships are available in these difficult economic times 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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Jewish Book Month Book Discussion P7

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Everyone Loves Chicken Soup P9 Tales, Myths, and Nightmares Exhibit Opening P11 Jonathan Safran Foer on Judaism, Writing, and Inspiration P14 Rediscovering Felix Mendelssohn P17 Jews, Catholics, and the American Idea P19 Shadows and Sojourners East German Film Series P19 Programs that Foster Jewish Leaders and Leadership P23 Nonprofit Management Graduate Program Information Session P25

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Tzipi Livni on Recent Developments in the Middle East P15

Behind the Faceted Front: Architecture Tour of the Spertus Building P27

Around Town

Chef Laura’s Hanukkah Cooking Class P9

In The Suburbs

Author Mary Glickman for Jewish Book Month P7 North Shore Community Kallah P21

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew P27

exhibits and collections Tales, Myths, and Nightmares P11 Shalom Chicago at the Chicago History Museum P13 Asher Library P21 news

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Uncovered & Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago P13

Letter from Spertus President Hal M. Lewis P4 Meet Spertus Shop Buyer and Manager Jill Sevelow P5 Hanukkah and More at the Spertus Shop P28 Spertus Welcomes Dr. Peter M. Ascoli to our Board P30 News

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Letter from the President Dear Members of the Spertus Family: At Spertus we believe that strong leaders build and sustain strong communities. For this reason, over the past 90 years we have pioneered dynamic learning opportunities that prepare students of all backgrounds and perspectives to lead organizations and serve communities. Today, Spertus’ leadership offerings range from graduate degree programs in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Professional Studies to continuing education workshops on grantwriting and strategic planning. We provide certificate programs and cuttingedge seminars on an array of topics relevant for contemporary leaders, organizational managers, philanthropists, and volunteer trustees. Recently, individuals representing many of the major Jewish organizations in Chicago completed an unprecedented Certificate in Jewish Leadership, which Spertus proudly co-sponsored with Northwestern University. In November, Spertus hosted a critically important community-wide discussion on women in leadership. And within the past few weeks Spertus faculty presented at international leadership conferences in both the United States and Canada. Creative use of technology, combined with our world-class faculty, dedicated mentors, distinguished speakers, and unparalleled resources, assure that at Spertus students acquire the skills necessary to lead today’s fast-paced and highly competitive nonprofit enterprises. Rooted in Jewish wisdom and contemporary best-practices, Spertus is helping to transform the lives of professional and volunteer leaders within and beyond the Jewish community of North America. Please take the opportunity to learn more about our extraordinary leadership offerings. Consult our website——and the pages that follow. Whether you are a volunteer or a professional, a seasoned philanthropist or someone considering a career change into the nonprofit arena, Spertus is your institute for Jewish learning and leadership. Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah and a healthy 2013.

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

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Meet Spertus Shop Buyer and Manager Jill Sevelow By Lori Finkel for Spertus

What’s something that you want to continue or implement? I want the Spertus Shop to be a fresh mix of artsy, funky, elegant, and classic. It shouldn’t reflect one person’s taste, but offer something for everyone.

Visit the Spertus Shop’s just-launched new website at 5


What are you looking forward to bringing into the shop? I’m looking forward to carrying pieces from Jewish artists located around the country and in Israel. There’s incredible and interesting work out there. One of the artists I recently discovered is

What’s your process for finding new and different work for the Spertus Shop? Well Rabbi Blacksmith—I found him in a JUF News article. It turned out he’s my neighbor in Munster, Indiana. His work has already been selling well and there’s clearly a big interest. Other items I find through research. There’re many nights when I’m propped up on the couch with my laptop, not willing to go to sleep because I’m on the trail of discovering something awesome. I love the thrill of the hunt. One new item we just got in is Lemon in a Bottle—An entire lemon is grown right inside a bottle on the trees of the Ein Tzurim Kibbutz in Israel. It makes the Spertus Shop (and your home) smell delicious.

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What do you enjoy about the Spertus Shop? I love the ambiance and the look of the store. It’s such a beautiful space! I get so excited to bring in new items, especially when I find something new and different that no one else is carrying.

Rabbi Blacksmith. He’s a practicing rabbi in Indiana, and he makes rustic menorahs, mezuzot, and candlesticks.

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Lori Finkel: So what have you been up to before joining us at Spertus? Jill Sevelow: I’ve had an eclectic career. I began as a preschool teacher and taught at the JCC in Flossmor. I also worked as the associate publisher of World Jewish Digest in Skokie. But my real passion has always been retail. My first job in retail was at Kline’s, an independent department store in Chicago Heights. I was the buyer for handbags and accessories. Later I went on to own my own upscale retail shop in Buffalo Grove called Encore Wear.

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With a career that spans education, publishing, and retail, Jill Sevelow has worn many hats. Now we’ve snagged her as the buyer and manager of the Spertus Shop. I coerced her with a cup of coffee in exchange for a glimpse into what she’s cooking up in her new position.

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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 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.


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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.


Book Discussion 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.


Spertus welcomes author Mary Glickman for three free presentations in three locations! Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 am Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 pm Congregation Etz Chaim 1710 South Highland Avenue, Lombard

Free, but reservations strongly recommended Visit



The Spertus staff thanks our colleagues at the Jewish Book Council for helping spread the word about One Book | One Community. The Jewish Book Council promotes the reading, writing, publication, distribution, and public awareness of books that reflect the breadth of the Jewish experience.

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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

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aut hor e v ent s | book signings

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Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm at Spertus

sav e t he dat e Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:30pm at Spertus

Prepping for Passover with Chef Laura Frankel

Learn new creative, healthy, delicious recipes for your family’s seder and to carry you all through Passover.

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

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Chef Laura’s Hanukkah Cooking Class

Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm at Spertus

Join Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel for a demonstration and taste exploration of everyone’s favorite winter curative. While Jews claim ownership for “Jewish Penicillin,” chicken soup’s healing powers (and comforting deliciousness) have been celebrated for centuries by people of many backgrounds in many places.

Chicken soup’s multicultural popularity makes it a wonderful vehicle to explore variations. Learn the basics of stock, broth, and versions of finished soup from around the world with Chef Laura as your culinary guide.



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

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Maimonides, the 12th-century Jewish doctor and sage, praised the therapeutic value of chicken soup. Earlier still, Avicenna, a 10th-century Persian doctor, referred to chicken soup’s curative abilities. In fact, food historians cite evidence that even the ancient Egypitians regarded chicken soup as a remedy for colds.

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Everyone Loves Chicken Soup

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

Exodus (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas

Tales, Myths, and Nightmares

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern was born in Kiev to an assimilated Jewish

In 1996, Petrovsky-Shtern came to the U.S. to study Jewish history at Brandeis University. In 2003, he joined the History Department faculty at Northwestern University, where he currently serves as the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies. He recently resumed his artistic endeavors through the lens of his role as a historian of the Jewish people.

Hear a talk by artist and scholar Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern as he explains and discusses this inaugural exhibit of his paintings. $18 | $10 Spertus members | $8 students Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

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l ec t ure | opening Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm Reception to follow

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family. He was not formally educated as an artist, but spent a year studying under Ukrainian satirist David Miretsky. Following Miretsky’s arrest and then immigration to New York, Petrovsky-Shtern turned for inspiration to Russian icons, Ukrainian naïve art, Japanese xylography, and Flemish genre paintings on display at Soviet museums or available in reproduction.

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In Tales, Myths, and Nightmares, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern introduces a cast of characters he says are “irreducible,” like the spare style and primary colors he uses to set his scenes. His paintings portray fragile survivors who represent the struggle and enduring strength of the Jewish experience.

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e x hibit Sunday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 18 10th floor gallery

mee t t he a r t is t Tuesday, December 11 from 10 am to 1 pm Thursday, December 13 from 2 to 6 pm Friday, December 14 from 10 am to noon in the gallery to answer questions and discuss his work.



Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern will be in residence at Spertus, available

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.

From Chapter Seven of Uncovered & Rediscovered: Above: Todros Geller’s South Chicago (City Landscape) (detail), 1946, Spertus Collection Below: Aaron Bohrod, West Side, from the album A Gift to Biro-Bidjan (Chicago: L.M. Stein, 1937), (detail) Spertus Collection.

Uncovered & Rediscovered Stories of Jewish Chicago

Chapter Seven: Jewish Modernists in Chicago Through April 26, 2013

Admission to the exhibit and related multimedia screening station is free. Exhibit Hours Sunday–Wednesday 10 am–5 pm Thursday 10 am–6 pm Friday 10 am–3 pm

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This chapter shares the work of an influential group of Jewish artists active in Chicago between 1920 and 1945. Predominantly Eastern European immigrants and first generation Americans, these artists 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 Chicago’s growing metropolis. See works by Todros Geller, A. Raymond Katz, Mitchell Siporin, Fritzi Brod, and others.

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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, politicians, authors, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists.

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

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d Aroun ! n w o T Through September 2, 2013 Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago

Admission is free for Spertus Members. Visit for more information. 13


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.

Spertus Prime

A Dynamic, Thought-Provoking Speaker Series

Jonathan Safran Foer on Judaism, Writing, and Inspiration 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 feature-length 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 Writer-in-Residence at New York University and is working on a TV pilot for HBO starring Ben Stiller.



l ec t ure Sunday, January 13 at 2 pm

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


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Made possible with the support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation and other generous donors

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

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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, she received her law degree from Bar-Ilan University. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

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VIP seating and private receptions News

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.


Rediscovering Felix Mendelssohn

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semin a r Sunday, February 10 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

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His considerable talents have since been rediscovered, making an examination of his life and work a wonderful and worthwhile journey. Join Spertus, WFMT, and Conductor Stephen Somary for an exploration into the untold story of Felix Mendelssohn. Learn of his yearnings, struggles, and successes through his music, letters, artwork, and more.

Conductor Stephen Somary is the artistic director of The Mendelssohn Project, an organization dedicated to the collection of unpublished music, letters, and artwork by Felix Mendelssohn with the goal of presenting previously unknown works through recordings, concerts, books, film, and theater performances. In 2011, Maestro Somary was appointed music director of Amor Artis, a chorus and chamber orchestra in New York City. $125 includes kosher continental breakfast, snack, and lunch. Please reserve by February 5. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

astonishing the world by a musical style at once fascinating,

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“The most striking example I know of a very young composer

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This all-day seminar will include a lecture, discussion, and live performances of Mendelssohn’s work.

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During his lifetime, Felix Mendelssohn was a musical celebrity, regarded as one of the most prolific and gifted composers that the music world had ever known. After his death, however, his legacy was subject to the antiSemitism prevalent in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

original, and perfectly new.” — George Bern a rd Sh aw (about Felix Mendelssohn)



Hailed by the British Film Institute as “the most consistent and coherent analysis of fascism of any national cinema.”

Film still from The Murderers Are Among Us © DEFA Film Library

Professor Mamlock, The Murderers are Among Us, and Council of the Gods

Sunday, March 3 at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm at Spertus Marriage in Shadows, Stars, and Naked Among Wolves

Shadows and Sojourners

Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

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l ec t ure Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Join us for the 18th Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture, commemorating his visit to Israel and continuing the dialogue between Jews and Catholics.

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Jews, Catholics, and the American Idea

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Price per film $18 | $15 for Spertus and the Goethe-Institut members. See three films in a single day for $40 | $36 for members. Visit for film descriptions, speakers, and full schedule.

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Spertus and the Goethe-Institut Chicago present the first North American retrospective of East German films on the intertwined themes of German/Jewish relations, antifascism, and the Holocaust curated by the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst. These classics of the East German antifascist tradition depict unique views of the Jewish experience and critiques of Nazi Germany seldom seen by U.S. audiences. Each screening will be followed by a brief discussion and Q & A.

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f il m serie s Sunday, February 17 at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm at Spertus

This year’s lecture will be presented by Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik. Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York. He lectures worldwide on Jewish-Christian relations.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, American Jewish Committee, Chicago Board of Rabbis, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Spertus Institute. 19


Free, but reservations are required at

To search the Asher Library catalog, visit Spertus membership includes Asher Library borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, and access to our online resources—even if you live out of town. Asher Library Hours Sunday 12 – 4 pm Monday – Thursday 4 – 6:30 pm The Asher Library is closed to the public Fridays and Saturdays.

North Shore Community Kallah

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l ec t ure serie s Tuesdays, February 5, 12, and 19 at Temple Beth El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook

A Community-Wide Adult Education Program

Each evening is comprised of two hour-long sessions with a 15-minute break in between. You are welcome to come to one or both sessions each Tuesday evening. Session One from 7 to 8 pm A selection of small-group courses are taught by area rabbis.

A number of large Jewish communities developed in central and western Europe in the centuries after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. These communities were significant for their rich cultural and social diversity, intellectual and religious vibrancy, and their engagement with the non-Jewish world. Join us for a look at three of these communities: February 5—Amsterdam presented by Dr. Dean Bell February 12—Venice presented by Dr. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern February 19—Prague presented by Dr. Benjamin Frommer

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Visit for more information. Kallah is open to the public at no charge, but registration is necessary. Please email Janice Hadesman at or call 847.205.9982 to reserve your spot.

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Session Two from 8:15 to 9:15 pm Lectures for the entire Kallah community are presented by members of the Spertus faculty. This year, these sessions explore Cosmopolitan Jewish Communities at the Edge of Modernity.

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In partnership with the North Shore Chavurah of Rabbis, Spertus is proud to again co-sponsor Kallah, a series of free Jewish adult education courses that take place over three consecutive Tuesday evenings in February.

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.

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 21


Hear past programs in the comfort of your own home!

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

“I have been able to take what I learned in each class and use it to enhance the work I am doing professionally.� Michael Waitz, Director of Centennial Development at Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity 20

Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies

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The Certificate in Jewish Leadership

The next cohort is forming now. To enroll, visit

Masters and doctoral programs in Jewish Studies are offered onsite in Chicago and through distance learning. This past summer, Spertus hosted masters and doctoral students—from two dozen U.S. states, Canada, and Israel—for intensive on-campus seminars. Students chose from eight courses on a range of literary, historical, and theological themes spanning the biblical, rabbinic, medieval, modern, and contemporary periods. Students will return to Spertus for intensive seminars March 3–7 and July 7–11.

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Distance Learning

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Last year, Spertus Institute and Northwestern University launched the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, a new professional development program. This program combines Jewish scholarship with leading ideas from the contemporary business world to enhance the effectiveness of Jewish leaders. In October the first cohort completed the program, bringing their new leadership expertise to a range of roles in organizations that serve and impact the local Jewish community.

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At Spertus Institute, our accredited graduate programs encourage future leaders to grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of personal, professional, and communal advancement. Our Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies is offered in a cohort model, in Chicago and other select cities across North America.

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“This degree is going to let me move up in the nonprofit sector.� Angelica Guerrero, Spertus MS in Nonprofit Management program student 22

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management Learn. Lead. Inspire.

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 Applications being accepted now for spring, summer, and fall cohorts.

Monday, January 7 at 6 pm or Monday, February 4 at 6 pm visit to RSVP or learn more.

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Join us for an upcoming Information Session

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Students of all backgrounds have access to Spertus’ world-class faculty and highly applicable curriculum. Course topics 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. Our graduates go on to create change as nonprofit administrators, fundraisers, political officials, grassroots organizers, community advocates, educators, and social entrepreneurs.

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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 Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) program. The MSNM program is offered in three convenient formats: a one-evening-per-week program, an accelerated evening program, and an accelerated daytime format.

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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.



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 ingredients. Whether you are planning a simcha at the award-winning Spertus Institute facility, hosting guests in your home, or congregating colleagues in a special venue or just at the office, our event staff are here for you! Visit or call 312.322.1718 to start planning your event!


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Behind the Faceted Front

$10 | $5 for students and Spertus members Advance reservations recommended. Buy tickets online at or call 312.322.1773.

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This behind-the-scenes tour shares the unique, award-winning architecture of the Spertus building. Participants will learn about its environmental sustainability, how its contemporary design found a home in South Michigan Avenue’s historic district, why Krueck + Sexton Architects were chosen for the job, and how ideas central to Judaism’s religious and intellectual traditions are woven into the building’s design.

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a rchit ec t ure tour Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 pm

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10 - w eek cour se Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 pm January 9 through March 13

Advanced Biblical Hebrew Tuition $350 | $315 for Spertus members and alumni Pre-registration requested. Call 312.322.1726. 27


Winter Session with Dr. Bernard Grossfeld

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. This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday, December 8.

Alef Taf Bookends, $55

Rabbi Blacksmith Mezzuzah, $60

Yo-Bagel, $12

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!


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Mary Jurek Menorah, $150

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

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Shiraleah Scarf, $30

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Elliot Landes Havdallah Set, $335

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

The Spertus Shop is endowed by George and Mae Bariff. 29


Your purchases support Spertus programs, helping foster Jewish culture and education.

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

Spertus welcomes Dr. Peter M. Ascoli to our Board of Trustees To Dr. Peter Ascoli, being an integral member of Chicago’s nonprofit community is part of his family’s legacy. Dr. Ascoli is the grandson of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who fashioned Sears, Roebuck and Co. into an American icon, founded Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and robustly supported education and the arts particularly for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Continuing this important tradition, Dr. Ascoli co-founded Crossroads Fund in 1979. The fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social, and economic justice. He has also raised funds for other cultural and educational organizations including Steppenwolf Theatre and the University of Chicago. The first Spertus faculty member to join our board, Dr. Ascoli has taught at Spertus for 17 years. He currently teaches Revenue Development for Nonprofit Organizations in the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Dr. Ascoli enthusiastically explains how rewarding it is for him to work with students in the Spertus Nonprofit program. “I’ve had some absolutely brilliant students. Seeing them advance and helping them has just been marvelous.” Dr. Ascoli sees his dual role at Spertus as aligning to tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world. He said he hopes to be useful in finding innovative ways to raise funds for Spertus and in highlighting ways for the community to connect to Spertus. “Spertus plays an important role not only in Jewish education but also in the area that I’m in, which is Nonprofit Management…I think that’s very gratifying.”


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Online access to the full-text databases of more than a thousand books and tens of thousands of journal articles

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

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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Double Your Gift

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A challenge grant from an anonymous donor will match your new or increased gift dollar-for-dollar through June 26, 2013. For more information, please contact 312.322.1758.

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.

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



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.

Do you prefer to receive your Spertus calendar by email? We are glad to accommodate. Let us know at or 312.322.1721. We’ll even take your name off our list altogether if you prefer (although we hope you’ll stay in touch).

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Spertus Institutional Calendar Winter 2012-13  

Spertus Institutional Calendar Winter 2012-13

Spertus Institutional Calendar Winter 2012-13  

Spertus Institutional Calendar Winter 2012-13