Coordinates: 41°52′26″N 87°37′29″W / 41.8740°N 87.6247°W / 41.8740; -87.6247
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a leading educational center in Chicago, Illinois. Not affiliated with any single branch of Judaism, Spertus offers learning opportunities that are rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibits — at the Institute’s main campus at 610 S. Michigan Avenue, as well as in the Chicago suburbs and online.
Spertus offers graduate degrees in Jewish Professional Studies, Jewish Studies, and Nonprofit Management – accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – as well as professional workshops and a range of public educational and cultural programs.
Honorary degree recipients from 1949 to 2011 have included Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan; former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Abba Eban; Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; author, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; author and Nobel Literature Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer; feminist author Betty Friedan; actor Leonard Nimoy; and Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi.
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