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Certificate in Jewish Leadership 2022

Certificate in Jewish Leadership 2022


Announcing the 2022 graduates of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership, presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University

At an informal ceremony that following a week of in-depth learning at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership in Chicago, a cohort of community leaders from across the United States received Certificates in Jewish Leadership. The ceremony marked their completion of a three-month-long program presented by Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.

Taught by senior Northwestern University and Spertus Institute faculty, the Certificate in Jewish Leadership program teaches participants to strengthen their leadership styles, communicate their visions for future, and leverage opportunities in times of change. They will now bring their new expertise back to the organizations and communities they serve, at a time when such skills are very much in demand.

The students that received their Certificate in Jewish Leadership are (pictured above, left to right):

  • Joel Bond, Associate Director, Alums for Campus Fairness, Laurel, MD
  • Ali Naide, Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Washington, DC
  • Yelena Spector, Special Operations Manager for the Office of the Head of School, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, IL
  • Amie Barrish, Assistant Director for Recruitment, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, Chicago, IL
  • Liat Friedman, Springboard Innovation Fellow, Queens College Hillel, New York, NY / Director of Jewish Student Life, Mason Hillel, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Maia Spertus-Melhus, Entrepreneur, Austin, TX
  • Stacie Gabert, Administrator, Temple Sinai, South Burlington, VT
  • Trent Spoolstra, Associate Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Allyson Brooks, State Historic Preservation Officer and Board President, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Olympia, WA 

The Certificate in Jewish Leadership program serves both professionals and lay leaders of Jewish organizations. Together, they complete four interactive components that comprise the program’s curriculum: Models of Jewish Leadership, Communications for Leaders, Leading People Through Change, and Collaboration and Power Sharing, as well as a personalized leadership assessment, professional coaching, and a special workshop on Resilient Leadership.

The application period is now open for the next Certificate in Jewish Leadership cohort, which begins online on October 25, 2022. The application deadline is September 12. Those interested should visit for details.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Certificate in Jewish Leadership is a program of Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership, supported in part by a generous grant from the Crown Family.

Friday, July 22, 2022