Tauber Jewish Studies Electives

Indulge your appetite for a taste of Jewish culture, history, and the arts with one of our bite-sized electives. These classes are taught by our clergy or guest lecturers and meet approximately six times over the course of a trimester.

Tauber Jewish Studies ProgramTauber Yesod Program Graduation 2015 - Tauber Jewish Studies Program
May 22, 6:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

The Tauber Yesod Program will celebrate a Siyyum (Hebrew for completion and is the traditional term for a celebration that marks the end of a period of study) on May 22, 2015 during the 6:00 pm Shabbat Service. At the Yesod Siyyum, this year's graduating class will receive a special blessing. 

The 2015 graduates are: Jenny Hogg, Kelly Pfeifer, Aidan M. Rosenberg Antonio Salazar-Hobson, Katherine J. Salazar-Poss, David Scheer, Nicholas Stevens, and Frances M. Wittman-Rosenzweig. 

The Yesod Faculty instructors for this class have been: Rabbi Jane Litman and Yiskah Rosenfeld. The Tauber Yesod Program is the crown of the Tauber Jewish Studies Program made possible by the Laszlo N. Tauber Foundation and is a program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning. 

No registration required. 

The Golden Age Of Spain and its Influence on Contemporary Jewish Life

One of the most exciting chapters in Jewish history is marked by Muslim sovereignty in Spain—an era that lasted over 700 years. We are excited to offer a fall, winter and spring elective devoted to this fascinating time in our history. A trip to Spain to round out this experience is also in discussion!

Spring (CULTURE)

With Cantor Barak
Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 26, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
Note:  No class on March 19

Following up on the first two trimesters of this popular course, we will indulge in a sweet taste of the cultural richness of the Golden Age. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about the thriving arts and cultural scene during this fascinating time in our history. Students currently enrolled in the winter trimester must register separately for spring and new students are welcome to join for this trimester.

Emanu-El Member Cost: $36, Cost: $50


They Tried To Kill Us, They Failed, Let's Laugh: Jewish Humor From Torah to Transparent

On Thursdays at 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Mar. 19, 26, Apr. 16, 23, 30, May 7

Emanu-El Member Cost: $36, Cost: $50

Join humor mavens Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Judi Leff as they deconstruct the whats, wheres, whos and whys (why nots?) of Jewish humor. Topics include Text and Humor: Torah and Talmud; Jewish Humor Through The Ages; Jewish Humor in American Radio, Film and Television; Why Are Jews So Funny - Burlesque, Vaudeville and Yiddish Theater; and a panel discussion with local Jewish comedians. Of course there will be a chance to develop and share your own Jewish humor - stories from your own Jewish experience.


The Tauber Jewish Studies Program is made possible by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, reflecting the dynamic, generous, and enduring spirit of Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber.

A program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.



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