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Remember Spertus in your will or estate plan.

In 2024, Spertus Institute will reach a key milestone: 100 years.

A century of fostering Jewish scholarship. A century of training Jewish leaders and educators. A century of preserving Jewish history and showcasing Jewish art, literature, and culture. A century of providing compelling ways to discover and celebrate the Jewish experience. A century of serving as the central address for Jews of all backgrounds and practices to come together and learn.

Today, this work is more important than ever. We are building an endowment for our second century to ensure that Spertus continues to strengthen Jewish communities, organizations, and leaders for generations to come. L’dor v’dor. Please join us.

Ignite our future by making a gift to the Spertus endowment through your estate plan.

It’s easier than you think. To get started, simply complete a Declaration of Intent  or contact Spertus Vice President for Advancement Marcia Lehman at or 312.322.1735.

Leave a Legacy of Giving

We look forward to welcoming you into our Second Century Circle, a special group of supporters who have declared their intent to make a gift to the Spertus endowment. Benefits of membership in the Second Century Circle include invitations to exclusive event receptions, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that your legacy of giving will support a vibrant Jewish future!

If your estate plan already includes a gift to Spertus, please let us know so that we can thank you and welcome you to the Second Century Circle. You can also join by making a gift of cash or stock to the Spertus endowment today. And, of course, you may always join our Second Century Circle and choose to remain anonymous.

Spertus Institute is proud to be part of the Jewish Federation’s Create a Jewish Legacy program, designed to train and support Chicago’s Jewish schools, agencies, and synagogues in the area of legacy giving.

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