Tauber Jewish Studies

Indulge your appetite for deeper Jewish knowledge while building community, chevra, along the way. These classes are taught by our clergy or high-level guest lecturers and meet approximately six times over the course of a trimester.


Surrounded-but Lonely: The Lonely Man of Faith – Exploring the writings of Rabbi Joseph Soleveichik

This Downtown Tauber class will be taught by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.

One of the great and most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th century was Rabbi Joseph Soleveichik. He was the teacher of some of the greatest thinkers of this generation including David Hartman and Yitz Greenberg. In this class we will engage with each other through the words and thoughts of Soleveichik as he guides us through the inner life of the religious Jew.

Thursday afternoons 12:00 – 1:00pm – Mechanic’s Institute (57 Post Street, San Francisco)

October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17

Emanu-El members: $54, Non-members: $75



Introducing the Tauber Beit Midrash

This new in-depth learning opportunity gives students, parents, members of all ages the chance to enter a room of spiritual learning and engage with Jewish texts in a deep way, even if they are just new to this literature.

A beit midrash depends upon a teacher introducing a text, having students study with partners (chevruta) and then engaging in conversation about it. The Rabbis teaching in the Beit Midrash will explore the world of the Mishna, which is the earliest rabbinic text, and the worlds of Talmud- Gemara and Midrash, sometimes looking at adjunct mystical texts.

Come by, have coffee, study, and engage –join the conversation and see how a wisdom that embraces challenge can inform how we find meaning today.

Sunday mornings from 9:30am – 11:30am, starting on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Each session will include an hour of teaching by an esteemed rabbi from our community, a short schmooze time for participants, followed by additional study, panel discussion or deeper chavruta study.

Free and Open to the community. No pre-registration required.


Other Golden Ages: Jewish Cities before the Modern Era

Jews not only flourished in Spain during the Middle Ages, but in a number of other important urban centers. Each meeting of this course will focus on an important ancient or medieval center of Jewish life and culture, including Constantinople, Baghdad, Cairo, Rome, and the Ashkenazi Jewish cities of the Rhineland. By uncovering the fascinating but often overlooked histories of Jews in these far-flung places, we will use Jewish texts, archaeology, art, and a range of other resources to show both continuities among Jews and their differences. 

This course will be taught by Professor Fred Astren, chair of the Jewish Studies department at San Francisco State University.

Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30pm

October 22, 29; November 5, 19; December 3, 10, 17

Emanu-El members: $54, Non-members: $75



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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