Initially founded in 1924 as Chicago's College of Jewish Studies, the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies offers groundbreaking non-denominational, specialized and public programs founded in Jewish thought and values. During the aftermath of World War II, many refugee scholars from Nazi-occupied Europe found a home serving on the school's faculty - including Fritz Bamberger, Simon Rawidowicz, Moses Shulvass and Nahum N. Glatzer. Many of these professors went on influence Jewish Studies or establish their own programs in other parts of the United States.
During the 1960s and '70s, the school added two new divisions - the Spertus Museum and Asher Library. In 1968, philanthropist Maruice Spertus donated his extensive collection of Jewish artifacts to the College of Jewish Studies - prompting the school to be renamed in his family's honor.
Students living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Spertus have access to the school's graduate-level degree programs including the Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies and Doctor of Jewish Studies. The institute also features a program in Jewish Professional Studies.
Student living and university living at Spertus place students near Chicago's exciting cultural, educational, recreational and commercial centers like the Loop, Willis Tower, Grant Park, Wrigley Field, the Field Museum and Navy Pier.
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