Tauber In-depth Learning Opportunities

Want to challenge yourself and dive a little deeper? Try one of our in-depth Tauber courses to learn more, connect more deeply with your Judaism and build a cohort with your classmates. Tauber offerings also include downtown learning options and various satellite programs.

NEW - Downtown Tauber Monthly Class

Location: 100 Pine Street, #1000
San Francisco
Time: Noon - 1:00 pm
Dates: December 16, January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13 and May 11

Starting in January join Emanu-El clergy on the second Wednesday of each month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today's events to a cultural or spiritual discussion. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a little Torah on your lunch break.

You may register for the entire series or pay at each session for drop in.

Emanu-El member: $54 (series); price: $75 (series)

Drop in rate: $10 (member); $12 (non-member)


Introducing the Tauber Beit Midrash
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
October - May: Every Sunday morning that Religious School is in session.
Most sessions are followed by a panel discussion or special guest lecture from 10:30 - 11:30am.
Temple Emanu-El - Main Sanctuary Foyer

IMPORTANT: December 13 - please join us for a lecture by Dr. Laurie Pearce. This will take place in the Rinder Chapel instead of the Main Sanctuary Foyer.

In Hebrew, “Beit” means house and the word “Midrash” comes from the root “to seek” or “to investigate.” A Beit Midrash is a house of study. The Tauber Beit Midrash here at Emanu-El offers unique access to the rich tradition of Jewish textual interpretation in a welcoming and intellectual environment. Our house is open to those who have studied before and those who have never looked at a daf (a page of rabbinic literature).

Each Sunday, when religious school is in session, the Tauber Beit Midrash will open with a class offered by a leading teacher in our community. The teacher will present a text from Talmud – the compilation of Mishna, the first major redaction of the oral law, and Gemara, rabbinic commentary on the Mishna, as well as the Zohar, mystical writings – each with English translation. Participants will gather with coffee in hand and study in chevruta (partnership). The teacher will then bring participants back together for discussion and explanation.

Monthly, the Beit Midrash will be followed with a presentation on Applied Judaism, as students encounter an issue or phenomena in society as presented by experts in their field. The values explored in the text study will inform the discussion in this section.

Free and Open to the community. No pre-registration required.  While we  hope you’ll be able to attend every session, this is not a course. Each class is stand-alone. Join us for as many as you can.

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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