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  • News | Courses | Calendar | September November 2015 | spertus.edu

    A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka This years One Book | One Community selection, by Lev Golinkin is an awesome, intercontinental whirlwind, funny and smart P21

    How Great Leaders Create Great Places to WorkJoin us for a rare Chicago appearance of Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, the lecturer Harvard students lined up to hear P9

    Why is Martin Buber important today?A two-day symposiumheld in partnership with the University of Chicagoexplores the answers P19

    Visions of Maxwell Street P27

    Check Out Our Fall Schedule of Workshops and Online Courses P13

  • 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, concerts, and exhibitsat the Institutes Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

    Discount Parking $11 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 us, 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 am5 pm and Friday 9 am12 pm at 312.322.1773.

    Programs and events take place at Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, unless otherwise indicated.

    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.

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

    To learn about Jewish holidays visit spertus.edu/holidays.

    Labor Day Closed September 7.

    Rosh Hashanah Open until 3 pm on September 13.

    Closed September 14 and 15.

    Yom Kippur Open until 1 pm on September 22.

    Closed September 23.

    Sukkot Open until 3pm on September 27.

    Closed September 28 and 29.

    Shemini Atzert and Simchat Torah Open until 3 pm on October 4.

    Closed October 5 and 6.

    Thanksgiving Closed November 26 and 27.

    Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

    Cover image: Martin Buber from Andy Warhols Ten Portraits of Jews of the

    Twentieth Century. Print series, Spertus Institute Collection. See page 19.

    A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

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    Letter from Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis P4

    36 under 36 P6

    Introducing Ellen Hattenbach, Spertus Vice President for External Relations P7

    Mazel Tov to Recipients of Certificates in Adult Jewish Learning and Jewish Arts Education P10

    Global Learning P15

    In Memorium: Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin P17

    Rosh Hashanah P30

    professional development from the center for jewish leadership

    How Great Leaders Create Great Places to Work P9

    Certificate in Jewish Leadership P11

    Community Mentoring P12

    Workshops and Online Courses P13

    Grantwriting Fundraising A Biblical Approach to Mental Health

    degree programs

    Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies P15

    Graduate Programs in Jewish Studies P16

    public programs and events

    Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue P19

    One Book | One Community 2015 A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

    Meet Lev Golinkin at Author Events in Highland Park and at Spertus P21

    Guardians of Remembrance P23

    Birobidzhan: A Forgotten Jewish Homeland in Siberia P24


    Collection Highlights P26

    New Ground Floor Exhibit: From Maxwell Street to Milwaukee Avenue P27

    Asher Library P29

    Spertus Shop P30


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  • 4letter from the president

    100 Blessings

    In Judaism, we have a tradition known as meah brahot100 Blessings. This refers to the practice of reciting 100 benedictions a day, benedictions that express thankfulness for things ranging from the food we eat to our health. Whether one takes this idea literally or metaphorically, there is something powerful about regularly articulating a sense of gratitude for the manifold blessings we have received. The start of a new year offers a particularly poignant opportunity to do just that.

    As Spertus President, there are many reasons I am grateful at the start of 5776. Our student enrollments are growingevidence of interest in Jewish Studies around the globe and a resounding vote of confidence in the caliber of our faculty. With increasing frequency, Jewish organizations across North America are turning to Spertus Institute for help in the training and development of their volunteer and professional leadership. Our partner in community building, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, continues to support our work and recently asked us to assume responsibility for a major community-wide initiative focused on adult Jewish learning. Individual donors and foundations, both locally and nationally, have come to recognize the unprecedented nature of what we do. Their funding allows us to expand our efforts as we seek to transform North American Jewish life by preparing quality leaders to respond to a rapidly changing Jewish world.

    I am grateful to work with an esteemed group of professional colleagues, who embody the twin beliefs that a learning Jewish community is a vibrant Jewish community and that great Jewish communities need great Jewish leaders. This past year, Spertus lost a teacher and mentor

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

    Read The Leading Edge, Dr. Hal M. Lewis blog about Jewish leadership, at spertus.edu/the-leading-edge.

    who illustrated these beliefs, Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin, who served Spertus for 45 years. (For more about him, see page 17.) His impact on our institution cannot be overstated. May his memory be for a blessing.

    In addition to our faculty and staff, Spertus is also blessed with a dedicated Board of Trustees. Their talents and passion for our work know no bounds. They care deeply about our students, visitors, and patrons.

    Normally, I would be hesitant to single out any individual from among this devoted groupbecause all are instrumental to our success. But this year I am pleased to make an exception. At our August 30 commencement ceremony, where students from every one of our Masters and Doctoral degree programs will receive diplomas, Spertus will award a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, to Marc Wilkow. Marc is a longtime trustee and past Chairman of the Spertus Board. In recent years, he stepped forward to provide unparalleled leadership as we were forced to address complicated financial issues associated with the recession that began shortly after we moved into our new building. With assistance from the Jewish Federation, Marc led a team of Spertus trustees and staff through an extremely challenging period. He did so with humility and grace, impressive energy, and great wisdom, all while running his own business and remaining active in other communal activities. The bestowing of an honorary doctorate is the highest honor an institution of higher learning can give. Marc Wilkow is a one-of-a-kind leader, and we are enormously grateful to count him as a colleague and trustee. On behalf of his many friends and admirers, I thank him for all that he has done in support of Jewish learning and leadership.

    Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all those who participate in Spertus programming, visit our exhibits and collections, and make Spertus an important part of their journey. May you and those you love be blessed with a year of good health and happiness. You are the reason we do what we do.

    Lshana tova tikateivu. Best wishes for a sweet new year.

  • Tal RosenScott Frankel Aleeza Lubin

    Lia Lehrer Michael Waitz Anna Gorbikoff

    Mazel Tov!In July, OyChicago.com selected 36 Jewish professionals under age 36 (double chai) who are paving the way for the future. Congratulations to all selected, with special shout-outs to Tal Rosen, Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership at Spertus Institute, as well as Spertus alumni Lia Lehrer, Aleeza Lubin, and Michael Waitz, and Spertus MAJPS students Scott Frankel and Anna Gorbikoff (all pictured below). Kudos also to Spertus faculty members Jacob Cytryn and David Perkel. Read more at oychicago.com/36under36.

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    Spertus Institute Welcomes Professional Strategy Expert and Community Leader Ellen Hattenbach to its Senior TeamHattenbach joins Spertus Institutes staff as Vice President for External Relations.

    She comes to her new position with corporate, association, and consulting expertise

    paired with extensive nonprofit board experience. Prior positions include Director of Strategic Marketing for Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt; National Director of Marketing at th