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Spertus Museum - Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 South Michigan Avenue
Phone: 312 322 1747 - Tty: 312 922 4950 -
Statement of Purpose
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is a Jewish
institution grounded in Jewish values that invites people of all ages
and backgrounds to explore the multi-faceted Jewish experience. Through
its innovative public programming , exhibitions , collections , research facilities and degree programs , Spertus inspires learning,
serves diverse communities and fosters understanding for Jews and
people of all faiths, locally, regionally and around the world.
Through a synergy of cultural
and academic programming, Spertus creates an engaging environment for
people of all ages and backgrounds. More than 200,000 people each year
take part in creative, multi-dimensional programming that ranges from
the intellectual rigor of formal degree programs to the richness of
cultural celebrations, from the vitality of interactive children's
activities to the significance of thought-provoking exhibitions.
Spertus Institute of Jewish
Studies seeks to celebrate, challenge,
and advance modern Jewish identity through explorations of Jewish
culture and its relationship to the broader world. Spertus Institute of
Jewish Studies is
based on three floors of the award-winning new Spertus
facility . The
building’s two top floors house the museum’s core-collection
display and changing
exhibitions , while the
fourth floor houses the new interactive Gray
Children’s Center and an
educational resource area for teachers and parents.
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is Chicago's Jewish education and
cultural center. It offers an innovative array of public programming,
including exhibits, performances, films, and lectures some presented by
the esteemed faculty who teach for its graduate programs. The institute
collects, preserves, an d displays materials from the Jewish experience
in a stunning, contemporary building with fabulous views of Grant Park
and Lake Michigan. Art from the institute's collection is showcased
throughout the building and temporary exhibits examine aspects of
Jewish culture. The building also includes a 400-seat theater and a
gift shop that carries art, books, music, videos, and contemporary and
traditional Jewish ceremonial gifts. Allow 1 hour.
Located in Chicago’s South Loop
since 1924, Spertus
Jewish Studies invites visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore
multifaceted Jewish experience.
Spertus College and Asher Library serve
scholarly and casual learners, on-site and via
distance learning, through programs, educational opportunities and
offerings that enhance understanding of the Jewish experience. A yearly
schedule of public programs includes exhibitions, concerts, film,
comedy and theater.
The bold new
155,000-square-foot building designed by the award-winning Krueck &
Architects provides enhanced features to better serve visitors and
Spertus Institute’s three main branches: Spertus College, Spertus
Institute of Jewish Studies,
and the Asher Library.
In addition, the building will features the new
400-seat Feinberg Theater, a sophisticated performance space to
lectures, concerts, theater, and film; an interactive Children’s Center
fall 2008; and a new kosher café – filling a downtown Chicago
void – in
partnership with Wolfgang Puck Catering.
new facility will allow Spertus to
better serve its longtime students and visitors, and meet the needs of
audiences with expanded public programming. The building will contain
gallery, classroom and library space, as well as a state-of-the-art
live performance and
film, space for community events and celebrations,
a Children’s Center, spectacular views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan,
and a kosher café in partnership with Wolfgang Puck
Catering. For more information, visit www.spertus.edu.
Spertus Institute of
Jewish Studies Evergreen
Through innovative exhibitions,
commissions and programming, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies at
Chicago's new Spertus
Institute of Jewish Studies
– examines Jewish
identity and the Jewish experience, exploring the powerful and
relationship between Jewish and broader culture.
the top two floors of the award-winning new Spertus facility,
approximately 8,000 square
gallery space houses the museum’s core-collection display and changing
exhibitions. In fall 2008, an interactive Children’s
Center and a dedicated
educational resource area for teachers and parents will open on the
in both size and selection, the new Spertus
Shop will boast an impressive selection of merchandise at all
points, from elegant fine art and ceremonial objects, to charming
accessories, to t-shirts and tchotchkes (Yiddish for trinkets,
knickknacks, or baubles). Style mavens will appreciate the collection
housewares and fashion accessories by Israeli designers, many exclusive
in Chicago to the Spertus
new section devoted to children’s clothing, holiday gifts, and
and books promises to be a popular addition.
Highlights & Collections
Highlights of the museum
include experiencing a unique viewable storage display of over 1,500
objects from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies ’s world-class
collection and exploring
changing exhibitions about identity and contemporary culture. Gain
insights to individual objects and Spertus’ unique curatorial vision at
daily drop-in gallery talks, free with museum admission.
Institute of Jewish Studies is committed to collecting objects from all
aspects of Jewish life and
culture, and at present includes more than 15,000 items. The collection
has expanded since Maurice and Herman Spertus' substantial donation of
major objects of Judaica, Holocaust-related materials, and fine art
that began the museum in the 1960s. Main concentrations within the
collection include materials from European Jewish culture, the
Sephardic and oriental world, Chicago Yiddish culture, and an extensive
collection of visual art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
exhibitions please visit http://spertus.edu/exhibitions/index.php
Please visit www.spertus.edu for more details.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Exhibits & Special Events
Hours & Admission:
Institute of Jewish Studies
Admission & Directions:
Easily accessible by public
transportation (Red Line to Harrison). Discount parking available in
nearby lots with validation.
- Students and
under 5 are free
- Free for Spertus
- Free Museum admission for everyone
10 am to 12 noon
- Thursday: 2 pm to 6 pm
- Exhibits are free. Program and
performance prices vary. Check website for schedule.
- Olga Weiss,
Gomberg, Director of
Youdovin, Director of Education
- Olga Weiss,
Marcus, Curator of the ARTiFACT
- Arielle Weininger, Education
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