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  • Calendar and News | July August 2013 | spertus.edu

    (The Movie) P7A toe-tapping celebration starring Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy and many others. San Francisco Chronicle

    Announcing the Legacy Heritage Midcareer Fellowships for Jewish Professional Studies students P21

    Are you ready for Rosh Hashanah? P28

    Jewish Music, Jewish Communities P13

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

    Discount Parking $10 with Spertus validation at:

    at the Essex Inn 8th Street and Michigan (2 blocks south of Spertus). Enter on 8th between Michigan and Wabash.

    We love to hear from you. To reach Spertus, visit spertus.edu, email us at info@spertus.edu, or call our general line at 312.322.1700 to be directed to the information you need. Our box office line is open MondayThursday, 9:30 am6 pm, at 312.322.1773.

    Spertus offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, concerts, and exhibitsat the Institutes Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

    The Joyce and Avrum Gray Childrens Center is not currently open to the public. Contact events@spertus.edu if interested in holding an event in this space.

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

    Spertus is closed to the public on Saturdays and these upcoming holidays:

    Independence DayClosed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5

    Labor DayClosed Monday, September 2

    Cover image: Wedding Hora. From Hava Nagila (The Movie).

    Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

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    Hava Nagila (The Movie) P7

    Orchestra of Exiles P9

    Jewish Graphic Design from the Talmud to Today P11

    A Conversation with University of Haifa President Amos Shapira P14

    Nonprofit Management Graduate Program Information Sessions P23

    Summer Jewish Studies Graduate Seminar P25

    Around Town

    The Synagogue Speaks Bus Tour P17

    Spertus in the Suburbs

    Jewish Music, Jewish Communities P13

    exhibits and collections

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    Voices & Visions P11

    Collection Highlight: The Bewitched Tailor P19

    Asher Library P25

    Around Town

    Shalom Chicago P17

    news

    Letter from Spertus President Hal M. Lewis P4

    Spertus Announces Legacy Fellowships for Jewish Professional Studies P21

    Are You Ready for Rosh Hashanah? P29

    Alumni Profile: Cydney Topaz P30

    benefits of membership P31

    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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  • Letter from the President

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    What do a renowned exhibit of graphic art that captures the insights of Jewish luminaries, two award-winning films, and a four-part mini-course on Jewish music have in common? They are all part of Spertus Summer 2013 programming! And that is just the beginning.

    Summer at Spertus is also a time of commencement. Recently, four remarkable Spertus students culminated years of rigorous study and completed their doctoral dissertations. Their works will make major contributions to the future of North American Jewish life. In August, students in our Masters in Nonprofit Management program will walk across the Spertus stage to receive diplomas, as they move on to leadership positions in many of this citys most important nonprofit organizations. And, because at Spertus learning is ongoing, our newest students will begin their studies this summer in our MA in Jewish Professional Studies, where, as a result of their educations at Spertus, they will go on to help transform Jewish life in Chicago and in cities across the continent.

    At Spertus we believe that a learning Jewish community is a vibrant Jewish community. We know that 21st-century adults have a diversity of academic and artistic interests, and require dynamic learning opportunities that are accessible and responsive to fast-paced and rapidly changing lives. This summer offers a glimpse into the wide array of Spertus offerings designed to meet those needs.

    In addition, we think deeply about how to maximize high quality Jewish learning for all. We work hard to eliminate even the smallest impediment. Most of our programs and courses require no prerequisites. Jews and non-Jews are always welcome. Our programs are modestly priced, and because of the generosity of donors, scholarship funds are available. And for those who cherish high quality, nondenominational learning but who are unable to attend

    Facing Page: Marc Chagall, The Fiddler, 19121913 (detail), Poster by Mervyn Kurlansky (detail) for Voices & Visions, and Spertus graduation

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    Dr. Hal M. Lewis is President and CEO of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

    a Spertus program either downtown or in one of many suburban venues, our expanded use of technology opens new possibilities. Our graduate students are already familiar with the expanded opportunities afforded by technology. But if you have never spent time on our websitespertus.eduI invite you to do so. There you will find recordings of many past programs. You can visit portions of our collections, and, thanks to our Feinberg eCollection, you can access thousands of full text articles, journals, and classic works of Jewish scholarship.

    Whatever your interest in Jewish learning, Spertus has something for you. The summer is a time for many important thingsboth personal and familial. We hope you will find time to spend at least part of your summer with us.

    Read The Leading Edge, Dr. Hal M. Lewis blog about Jewish leadership, at juf.org/news/blogs.aspx

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    film | discussionThursday, June 6 at 7 pm Reception to follow

    Hava Nagila (The Movie)Its to music what the bagel is to fooda Jewish staple turned worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And thats only the beginning. Follow the infectious party song on its journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprising film.

    Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor, and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) takes viewers to Ukraine, Israel, the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood, and even Bollywood, using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and cross-cultural connections made through music.

    Spertus is pleased to welcome director Roberta Grossman for a post-screening discussion.

    Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She served as the series producer and co-writer of the CBS mini-series 500 Nations, hosted by Kevin Costner, and was producer/director for Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action. Other writing and producing credits include the History Channels In the Footsteps of Jesus, AMCs Hollywood & Power: Women on Top, and several episodes of A&Es Mysteries of the Bible.

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

    Win free tickets and Hava Nagila swag! Do you have a Hava Nagila moment from a simcha of your own? Send us a picture and well add it to our online scrapbook and enter you to win. Visit spertus.edu for details.

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    film | discussion Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm Reception to follow

    Orchestra of Exiles

    a harrowing, inspiring story Film Journal International

    Featuring Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, and others, Orchestra of Exiles is the suspenseful chronicle of how one man helped save Europes great Jewish musicians from the Nazis.

    In the early 1930s, Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness, and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved close to 1,000 Jews and with them, the musical heritage of Europe.

    Spertus is pleased to welcome director Joshua Aronson for a post-screening discussion.

    Joshua Aronson started his career as a still photographer for Time Life, then directed television films, music videos, and commercials before turning to documentaries in 1999. His work includes the Academy Award nominated Sound and Fury, Showtimes The Opposite Sex and Beautiful Daughters, and the feature documentary Bullrider. He is also a concert pianist and plays chamber music in New York an