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Vision for our Second Century

Vision for our Second Century

Dear Spertus Community:

We recently completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, resulting in an important plan for our future.

We’ve undertaken this work as we look ahead to 2024, when Spertus Institute will reach an important milestone: 100 years.

In our planning, we evaluated our strengths and conducted a scan of the key academic areas in which we work: Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Communal Studies. We researched educational innovations and networked with industry leaders to understand the emerging needs of those we serve.

We identified two areas where our expertise and potential are most significant. From these flow our two interconnected strategic goals:

  1. Deliver High-Impact Jewish Learning 

    Spertus is positioning itself to be the leading center for applied Jewish learning, providing Jewish learning that is rich, relevant, and far-reaching, with real-world application and the power to address pressing issues within and beyond the Jewish community. 

  2. Increase Access 

    We will build on our longstanding service to the Chicago Jewish community and our increasingly global reach to expand programmatically and geographically, providing worldwide access to impactful, intellectually uncompromising Jewish learning.

We are committed to creativity, innovation, and risk-tolerance, which will inform new, scalable programs and products developed for impact and reach.

We are already successfully rolling out compelling components of this new plan. I hope you will take pride—and part—in our new programs, partnerships, and plans for the future.

Best wishes,






Dr. Dean P. Bell
President, CEO, and Professor of Jewish History
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Spertus Institute Strategic Plan

Vision for our Second Century

To strengthen Jewish life around the world through relevant, high-impact Jewish learning that addresses today’s needs and prepares Jewish communities for the future.High Impact Jewish Learning

  • Leading center for applied Jewish learning
  • Source for thought leadership, research, and innovation in Jewish learning
  • Real-world application to strengthen and invigorate the Jewish future

Increased Access

  • Programmatic and geographic expansion
  • Programs and products adapted, developed, and scaled for reach and impact
  • Proudly based in Chicago—with students, programs, and participants worldwide

Underpinning our work 
A culture of creativity, community, innovation, risk-tolerance, and results.


Thursday, February 25, 2021