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Certificate in Combating Antisemitism

Certificate in Combating Antisemitism

Combating Antisemitism Executive Training Certificate

Leadership Certificate in Combating Antisemitism

Jewish leaders need to be equipped to respond to antisemitic incidents with strength, skill, and ready expertise. To be effective, they need training. A new Spertus Institute program fills this critical need.

For executives of Jewish organizations

We are accepting applications from professionals in leadership positions in North American Jewish organizations of all types, including social justice, social services, synagogues, advocacy, education, community relations, philanthropy, campus engagement, and interreligious partnerships.

Participants who complete this program will gain:

Broad knowledge of historical and current manifestations of antisemitism | A network of institutional leaders who can leverage each other’s talents, resources, relationships, and support | Skills in community engagement, risk assessment, and strategic philanthropy | Confidence in crisis communications and critical conversations | Insight into views of antisemitism outside the Jewish community to build interreligious bonds and cross-community alliances | An overview of the landscape of antisemitism and social media | A project or initiative developed for their own organization

Program elements

Real-time online training Two hours/week for eleven weeks

Seminar at Spertus Institute’s downtown Chicago campus
December 3-7, 2023

Individual professional leadership coaching

Final applied institutional project or initiative

Courses combine theory and practice.
Course content includes case studies and experiential learning.

Read about the program in

Applications for the inaugural cohort have closed.
The next cohort will begin in fall 2023.

Next Cohort

  • June 1, 2023 — Preferred Admission Deadline ($50 Application Fee Waived)
  • August 1, 2023 — Final Application Deadline
  • October 23, 2023 — Weekly Online Sessions
    (6-8 PM CT 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20)
  • December 3-7, 2023 — Seminar at Spertus
  • January 8, 2024 — Weekly Online Sessions
    (6-8 PM CT 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12)
  • June 3, 2024 — Program Culminating Event (online)

Read about the inaugural cohort’s participants and faculty.


The total cost of the program is $1,500 which includes tuition, lodging, and meals during seminar hours. Travel to Chicago is not included. This cost is substantially underwritten—from a total cost of $6,500—due to special funding secured for this important program.

Street level photo of the Spertus Institute building in Chicago

Jewish learning for a better world

This program is designed to transform the impact of Jewish organizations and their constituents, enabling them to combat antisemitism as it relates to their mission and communal role.

As a signature Spertus educational initiative, this new program engages critical contemporary and emerging issues through Jewish lenses, utilizing scholarship to build adaptive capacity for a rapidly changing world. Ultimately, it empowers participants to make substantial, significant impact in their communities.

This program is presented in conjunction with Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership, supported in part by a generous grant from the Crown Family.