SPARK – Judaisms of the 21st Century
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA
Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities.
Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper. In these sessions we will explore the multifaceted, complicated, age-old, and ever-changing ideas of what it means to be a Jew, including how this group is understood as a culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion, and more.
Educator: Aaron Hahn Tapper, PhD (photo:Barbara Ries © 2013) is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, and the Chair of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he has been since 2007. A member of Class XV of the Wexner Graduate fellowship, he graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Psychology, received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent book, Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities (UC Press, 2016) looks at the millennia-old Jewish communities using the lenses of Social Identity Theory and Critical Diversity Studies.