Tauber Yesod: Certificate of Jewish Knowledge

Yesod (which means “foundation”) is the centerpiece of the Tauber Adult Education program. This two-year, six-course, certificate program offers Bay Area Jews the unique opportunity for comprehensive learning, with the highest quality educators, in core foundational Jewish texts that have sustained the Jewish people for thousands of years. The program is enhanced by the creation of spiritual and intellectual community as the participants grow and learn together in a college-like setting.  Regardless of the student's prior exposure to Jewish texts, the Yesod certificate program allows participants to explore biblical and rabbinic texts, encourages small group learning, and develops Jewish leaders within a supportive community that fosters long-term growth and in-depth discovery in a purposeful and academic forum.

Rabbi Jane Litman and Yiskah Rosenfeld are the educators for this year. 

We accept rolling enrollment for the Yesod program; students can enroll at any trimester for a pro-rated rate. Please contact Ariana Estoque at 415-751-2541 x307 if you have questions about this class or the fee.

Emanu-El Member Cost - $240.00

Non-Member Cost - $360.00 

Synagogue Member Cost - $240.00


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

Year 1 – In-depth exploration of the TaNaKh (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim)
October 2015 – May 2016, Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

• Fall trimester (Oct.22, 29; Nov. 5, 12; Dec. 3, 10, 17) - Torah: From Abraham and Sarah’s journey to a promise, to Moses’ vision at the borders of the land. The journey begins with an analysis of the text,  delving into the Torah from a critical, historical, as well as rabbinic spiritual perspective.

• Winter Trimester (Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25) - Nevi'im: A people in formation: the zenith and nadir of the kings of Israel, prophetic imperative; speaking truth to the people and to power. Visioning Judaism in freedom and re-envisioning it in exile.

• Spring Trimester (Mar. 24, 31; Apr. 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12) - Ketuvim: The wild library of the writings – Ecclesiastes to Job, the sensuality of the Song of Songs, the depths of the Psalmists, and an encounter with Daniel’s radical vision.

Emanu-El Member Cost: $240; Non-Member Cost: $360

For more information on Yesod or any of our adult education offerings, please contact Ariana Estoque director of adolescent and adult education at 415-751-2541 x307 or aestoque@emanuelsf.org.

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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