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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
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The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom 10:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time. Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai … Continued
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom 12:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav, with Cantor Arik Luck and Special guest Cantor Katie Oringel. Cantors Luck and Oringel will explore the origins of this beautiful piece of Hebrew liturgy and share some of their favorite … Continued
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and a Healing Prayer. Zoom. 
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live
Apr 4 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020
Apr 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. Our … Continued
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom 1:00 pm
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rabbi Kushner will lead three Monday (this is the third) sessions about Passover, via Zoom, beginning on March 23 on how to celebrate what may be one one of the most memorable Seders in Jewish … Continued
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2nd Night Adult Seder 5:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. We will sing, discuss, and celebrate together. Have a seder plate nosh in front of you as we cover parts of the Haggadah and enjoy songs and … Continued
Adult Passover Zoom Seder 5:30 pm
Adult Passover Zoom Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us on the second night of Passover for an Adult Focused Zoom Seder led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. On Zoom we will sing, discuss, and celebrate with a Haggadah guide on screen. … Continued
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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich, and Cantor Attie. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Stay tune for the Zoom link. Also to be featured on Facebook … Continued
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Inviting all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate Shabbat Passover dinners – between 5 and 7 people – for virtual conversations … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. Zoom.  
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom 7:00 pm
Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Rabbi Beth Singer, Cantor Marsha Attie, and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris for a conversation about Passover traditions and how they translated to our new virtually-connected reality. All Emanu-El woman-identifying congregants are invited to join … Continued
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Passover Yizkor Observance 4:00 pm
Passover Yizkor Observance
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom Yizkor observance at the end of Passover. The service itself is brief, musical and heartfelt, with an opportunity for you to focus on where you are right now with that … Continued
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April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our April YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our April Shabbat is being co-planned by the Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse the Jewish value of tikkun olam into … Continued
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Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost? 3:30 pm
Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost?
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Superpower or Superlost? The US Role in the Middle East in the Ear of Trump: US Strategic Interests and Prospects Going ForwardWith Former State Department Negotiator, Aaron David Miller America  confronts a broken, angry dysfunctional Middle … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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Tribe for Women Mahjong Night 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Mahjong Night
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Back by popular demand, Congregation Emanu-El’s Tribe for Women is invited to join together for a great evening of desserts, drinks, and Mahjong on Wednesday, April 22, at 6pm! There will be tables for social … Continued
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CHUPPAH AND BEYOND: MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT FOR ENGAGED AND NEWLY MARRIED COUPLES*WEDNESDAY EVENINGS—APRIL 22-MAY 27—7-9pm*The first week of May, class will be held on TUESDAY, May 5 instead of Wednesday, May 6. All other classes will … Continued
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD
Apr 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD 10:00 am
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat service for families with children ages 5 and under! This event is in partnership with Jewish Baby Network. Event Signup
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany 7:00 pm
Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Thought and the Construction of a New Germany – Why the Past is Not The Past. With Max Czollek, acclaimed German poet and bestselling author Wednesday, April 29 7:00pm Rinder Chapel  There is the saying in Germany that … Continued
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TAUBER SPARK! – Ignite Your Jewish Learning

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Allow yourself to dive into our tradition and SPARK your imagination. We want EVERYONE to take part in this innovative community-wide Jewish learning experience. Let your heart be moved by Torah; be open to a transformative and mind-opening experience. Join your friends, rabbis and guest teachers for three nights of SPARK, a powerful Jewish learning offering of Congregation Emanu-El. Our evening will begin with schmooze time for participants to mingle and nosh together, followed by a one-hour session in one of three hot topic SPARK study sessions with rabbis and leading guest educators. The evening will be followed by a community-wide keynote address or seminar with special scholars/speakers.

TAUBER SPARK 2020 – March 17, 24, 31  from 6:45 – 9:00 pm!

See below for course offerings and keynote speakers.
 Program Fee: $40 for members; $50 for non-members

(Updated Wednesday, March 11, 2020)  Tauber SPARK! has been cancelled in an “abundance of caution” due to the coronavirus. We hope to reschedule these educators for another time. 

Course Offerings for 2020:

Discovery and Surprise in Jewish History: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Geniza
Taught by SFSU Profs: Ken Cohen and Fred Astren

Two sets of discoveries in modern times have completely altered the way we think about the history of Jews and Judaism. The discovery of the Cairo Geniza in the nineteenth century and the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 remind us those entire Jewish societies and Judaisms can remain utterly unknown but for the lucky break of discovery. The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal an astonishing range of religious variety from the time of the Second Temple, while the Cairo Geniza includes granular detail about the lives and religion of Arabic-speaking Jews in eleventh and twelfth-century Egypt and the Mediterranean. At the heart of this mini-course is a historical riddle posed by a textual link between these two massive collections of once-forgotten Jewish writing!

REGISTER HERE

Session 1: The World of the Dead Sea Scrolls / Ken Cohen

Session 2: The Story of the Damascus Document: Connecting the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Geniza / Fred Astren

Session 3: The World of the Cairo Geniza / Fred Astren

Fred Astren is Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, now in the faculty early retirement program. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies and an M.A. in Arabic from the University of California, Berkeley. His current book project is entitled Before the Geniza: Jews and the Early Middle Ages, which looks at Jewish history in the years 500–950 from a Mediterranean perspective. Forthcoming is a chapter in the Cambridge History of Judaism on non-rabbinic Judaisms in the medieval Islamic world, a book chapter on the failure of anti-Jewish legislation in the Visigothic kingdom in early medieval Spain, and a book chapter on the impact of papermaking on ninth-century Jewish sectarianism in the Abbasid caliphate. He is the author of Karaite Judaism and Historical Understanding, published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2004. He has offered many classes at Congregation Emanu-El and has taught widely in the Bay Area for decades.

Ken Cohen is Co-editor of the weekly Hotline published by Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME). He served for 12 years, until 2003, as the president of Lehrhaus Judaica and he served as an adjunct professor in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University for 20 years. His “first career” was in high technology, where he held technical, marketing, and executive management positions at IBM, McDonnell Douglas, Perkin Elmer, and Oracle Corporation, where he served as chief marketing executive during the mid-1980s.  In the late 1980s, Ken decided to begin a second career, enrolling in the joint Jewish Studies graduate program at the Graduate Theological Union and UC/Berkeley. In this period, he also became actively involved with Lehrhaus Judaica as a teacher, primarily in the areas of Bible and late antiquity. Ken continues to teach a 25-year-long weekly Bible seminar in Berkeley, closely reading all of the books of the Bible.  He has also taught numerous courses on Jewish history for the American Jewish Committee in San Francisco.   For three years, he taught a course on Zionism and Israel at the Jewish Community High School in San Francisco.

 

LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life: Where do we fit and how can we all belong together?
Randi Reed, Keshet’s Bay Area Educator

The makeup of our Jewish world is changing; we now understand and describe gender, identity and individuality differently than we ever have before.  This three-part session with Keshet’s Bay Area educator will explore LGBTQ+ language, identity and inclusion, not only in our secular world but our Jewish community as well. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and how to be an ally; discover the rich history of Bay Area LGBTQ activism and how it intersects with our SF Jewish history. Finally, participants will deep-dive into Talmud and Torah texts on gender and find a new lens in which to read these ancient writings.  

REGISTER HERE

Randi Reed brings her passion for creating safer, more inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community as Keshet’s Bay Area LBGTQ Education and Training Manager. Prior to joining Keshet, Randi helped build LGBTQ teen and community programs for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She also managed volunteers, community programs, and donations for Covenant House California, the largest youth shelter in Northern California. When she’s not in the office, Randi can be seen cruising on one of her bikes around San Francisco and Oakland or rowing in the San Francisco Bay with her Whale Boat Team, West Coast Rowing.

 

Forgiving the Unforgivable? The Ethics of Apologies
Prof. Aaron Hahn Tapper, University of San Francisco

The notion of forgiveness is central to the human experience. It is a component of one’s relationship with other individuals, other collectives, and even oneself. But what does forgiveness mean? When someone forgives someone else, what happens? This three-part seminar explores forgiveness in terms of inter-personal, intranational (between those within the same country), and international situations alongside the interdependent idea of apologies. After looking at forgiveness and apologies in terms of its general application (i.e., in everyday lives), we will study the ritualization of national apologies, including the case example of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (e.g., in Sierra Leone and South Africa), political apologies in the context of the United States (e.g., enslaved Africans, imprisoned Japanese Americans, maltreatment of Native Americans), and the reconciliation efforts made by the Australian government (primarily represented by Whites) and indigenous Australian communities of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

REGISTER HERE

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, has been at USF since 2007. An educator for more than two decades, his primary academic interest is the intersection between identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups.

Aaron completed his PhD in the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the History of Religions, the Sociology of Religions, Nonviolence and Religions, Politics and Religions, and Modern Islamic Movements. His Dissertation focused on the relationship between power, the sociopolitical context of Israel and Palestine, and Jewish and Islamic religious law (halachah and shari’a, respectively). He also received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, where he focused on World Religions, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Psychology.


KEYNOTES 2020
Tuesday, March 17: 8:00 – 9:00pm – Bro-Mitzvahs: The Black-Jewish Dialogue on TV by Prof. Shaina Hammerman, USF

White Jewish comedians like Larry David, Ilana Glazer, and Jon Stewart bring Black characters or themes of blackness to their routines at those moments when they seek to challenge their status as unmarked white people. But is the inverse also true? When Black comedians and characters engage with ideas surrounding Jewishness, what are the motives and outcomes? Examining shows like Blackish, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Nanny, and Broad City, this talk asks what comedy has to teach us about how Blacks, Jews, and Black Jews understand themselves and each other off screen.

Shaina Hammerman is the author of Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image from Indiana University Press. She teaches Jewish cultural history for the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Hammerman holds a PhD in Jewish History and Culture from the Graduate Theological Union. She has published widely on Jews, race, and gender on film and television.  

Tuesday, March 24: 8:00 – 9:00pm – Refugees in America by Rabbi Lee Bycel

Each chapter of Refugees in America focuses on an individual from a different country, from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving the horrors of Auschwitz to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Some have found it easy to reinvent themselves in the United States, while others have struggled to adjust to America, with its new culture, language, prejudices, and norms.  Each of them speaks candidly about their experiences to author Lee T. Bycel, who provides illuminating background information on the refugee crises in their native countries. Their stories help reveal the real people at the center of political debates about US immigration.

Books will be available for purchase. Profits from the sale of the book are going to HIAS and IRC.

Lee T. Bycel is a humanitarian activist, Rabbi, teacher and author, who serves as the Sinton Visiting Professor of Holocaust, Ethics and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco.  He has visited refugee camps in Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Haiti. He has written extensively about the plight of refugees, and has secured much needed funding for medical clinics in refugee camps.  He was appointed by President Obama, in 2014, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Commission and served his full term to 2019. He is a Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at the Aspen Institute.

 

Tuesday, March 31: 8:00 – 9:00pm – Jewish Scientists, Hitler and the Laws of Economics by Auritte Cohen-Ross

Within two months of rising to power, Hitler banned Jews from working in state-owned institutions.  Overnight 12,000 academics lost their jobs.  The stories of German Jewish scientists immigrating to Britain and the US are filled with suspense, thrill, drama, humor, perseverance, humility, cowardness and courage. From Einstein to Max Born, through the stories of individual scientists, you will hear about the numerous ways these scientists left Germany, along with the organizations and individuals who assisted them. The exodus of these scientists had severe long term implications for Germany, the US, and Britain’s scientific communities.  We will conclude by connecting the past to today’s pressing issues of immigration, investment in science research, and the Jewish community’s social and humanitarian goals.  

Auritte Cohen-Ross is the founder and director of Celsius and Beyond; an award-winning science enrichment program for children in San Francisco. Prior she served in the IDF and later spent 12 years in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.  Auritte is a Cum Laude Economics Honors graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.   

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TAUBER SPARK 2019 OFFERINGS WERE:

Jewish Masculinity in the #MeToo Era with Rabbi Joshua Ladon

How Jewish Feminists Transformed Judaism and American Culture with Rabbi Jane Litman

Things They Never Taught You In Hebrew School: The Practice of Mussar with Rabbi Beth Singer

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KEYNOTES 2019

Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, PhD – Good News from Israel: Medical Acheivements and Daily Miracles at Rabin Medical Center

Prof. Marc Dollinger, PhD – Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance In the 1960s

Gunda Trepp – Biography of Rabbi Leo Trepp

Questions about the Tauber SPARK program? Contact Ariana Estoque at 415-751-2541 x111 or at aestoque@emanuelsf.org


TAUBER SPARK 2018 OFFERINGS WERE:

Mussar – Transform Yourself Through Jewish Wisdom, taught by Greg Marcus, Ph.D.

70 Faces of Israel: Exploring Israel Through Popular Culture, taught by Ilan Vitemberg

The Lessons of Joseph, taught by Sue Reinhold, Ph.D.

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KEYNOTES 2018

Taube Scholar and Emanu-El’s Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Stephen Pearce

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen,  the author of Waking Lions

Lynne Quittell, MD,  Director, North American Office, Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health; Pediatric Pulmonologist, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


SPARK 2017 OFFERINGS WERE:

The Good Old Days: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia with Prof. Rachel B. Gross

Ethical Fitness with Rachel Brodie

Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities with Aaron Hahn Tapper, PhD

Together, With Love, We can Change The World: Talmud Study as a Counter-Cultural Rebellion with Rabbi Jason Rodich

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2017 Seminar Speakers

Tad Taube and Shana Penn sharing details of the Museum of the History of Polish Jewry

Prof. Marc Dollinger in conversation with Ilana Kaufman, from the JCRC discussing Jews and Race: The Changing Color of American Jewry

Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner discussing “’God was in this Place and I, i did not Know.’” A very close reading of Genesis 28:16.

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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.

 

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2nd Night Adult Seder

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | 2nd Night Adult Seder, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. We…

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