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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
President: Hal M. Lewis
Dean: Dean Bell

Spertus, founded in 1924, offers graduate degrees (master’s and doctoral) in Jewish Studies and provides continuing adult education for the Chicago community at large. The college is the largest nonrabbinical training school for higher Jewish learning in the Midwest. Certain Spertus degrees may be earned through “distance learning.”

The Asher Library holds major collections of Jewish art, ritual objects, books, journals, music videos and archives. These resources are available to faculty and students of ACTS schools. The college and library serve scholarly and casual learners, on-site and via distance learning, through programs, educational opportunities and cultural offerings that enhance understanding of the Jewish experience. A yearly schedule of public programs includes exhibitions, concerts, film, lectures, comedy and theater.

An agreement between Spertus and the Chicago Cluster of Theological Schools was signed in 1978 to provide for library access and cross-registration of students. Various courses have been taught on ACTS campuses as well. Students at all ACTS schools may cross register for Spertus courses, but special considerations may apply. Because procedures for cross-registration, acceptance of courses for credit, and modes of payment may differ in individual schools, students are responsible to determine what particulars apply at their own schools. For further information about all Spertus courses and programs, contact the Office of Student Services; phone: 312.322.1769.