Tauber Yesod: The Two-Year Core Program

Yesod (which means “foundation”) is the centerpiece of the Tauber program. This two-year curriculum is designed to impart knowledge of the central Jewish texts, thinkers, and ideas. Each trimester consists of eight sessions. Classes are in English, taught in an interactive style by Bay Area scholars. Combining lectures with hevruta (traditional partner study); Yesod creates a true community of learners.

Emanu-El Member Cost - $240.00

Cost - $360.00 

2014 - 2015 Tauber Yesod Year Two: The World of the Rabbis  

Thursday Nights: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

(For Yesod students who have completed three trimesters of Yesod Year One: The World of the Bible)

Fall: Rabbinic Period

Themes: Debate, interpretation, authority, community
Readings: Mishnah, Tosefta, Midrash Halacha, Midrash Aggadah, Jerusalem Talmud, Babylonian Talmud

Winter: Medieval Period

Themes: Biblical exegesis, Ashkenaz and Sephard, eschatology, rationalism, spirituality.
Readings: Rashi, Maimonides, Nachmanides, Ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Joseph Karo

Spring: Modern Period

Themes: Enlightenment, Theodicy, Denominationalism, Zionism, Feminism.
Readings: Spinoza, Mendelsohn, Buber, Heschel, Kaplan

Yesod Year Two meets for 24 classes over three trimesters: Fall, Winter and Spring.

FALL - Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18
WINTER - Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
SPRING - Mar. 19, 26; Apr. 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21

Emanu-El Member Cost: $240, Cost: $360

2015 - 2016 Tauber Yesod Year One: The World of the Bible

Thursday Nights: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Fall: Torah (Pentateuch)

Themes: Creation, covenant, peoplehood, law, journeys, wrestling
Readings: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Winter: Neviim (Prophets)

Themes: Sacred history, leadership, social justice, destruction, comfort
Readings: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Book of the Twelve.

Spring: Ketuvim (Writings)

Themes: Trials of the human condition, devotion, ecstasy and despair, biblical truth and fiction
Readings: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles 

Yesod Year One meets for 24 classes over three trimesters: Fall, Winter and Spring. 

Emanu-El Member Cost: $240, Cost: $360

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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