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Men’s Group -July 1, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group -July 1, 2021
Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. On Thursday, July 1, you'll … Continued
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One Shabbat with Cantor Barak and Rabbi Pearce – (7/2/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat with Cantor Barak and Rabbi Pearce – (7/2/2021)
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, July 2nd, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Beth Singer with Cantor Emerita Roslyn Barak and sermon by Rabbi Stephen Pearce, in the Main Sanctuary.  In … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/3/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/3/2021)
Jul 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (July 7) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (July 7)
Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Chuppah and Beyond Summer 2021 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Summer 2021
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Six Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pmJuly 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 25Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (7/9/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (7/9/2021)
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, July 9th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbinical Student and Emanu-El Director of Education Leo Fuchs and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 7/10/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 7/10/2021)
Jul 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Most Fun in A Cemetery (Sunday, July 11) Tour 1:00 pm
Most Fun in A Cemetery (Sunday, July 11) Tour
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
"The Most Fun You Will Ever Have In A Cemetery"Historical tour of Home of Peace Cemetery and Hills of EternityTwo options, limited 25 spots per session:Sunday, July 11 – 1:00pm (Register Here)OR Monday, July 19 – … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (July 14) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (July 14)
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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One Shabbat Service – (7/16/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (7/16/2021)
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, July 16th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary. To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 7/17/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 7/17/2021)
Jul 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Young Adult Park Play Day 1:00 pm
Young Adult Park Play Day
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
After this past year, isn’t it time to PLAY? Bay Area 20s & 30s are invited to join in for an afternoon of sunshine and chill park games on July 18, 1pm-3pm. Time to break … Continued
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Most Fun in A Cemetery (Monday, July 19) Tour 1:00 pm
Most Fun in A Cemetery (Monday, July 19) Tour
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
"The Most Fun You Will Ever Have In A Cemetery"Historical tour of Home of Peace Cemetery and Hills of EternityLimited to 25 spots per session:Monday, July 19 – 1:00pm (Register Here)Join Emanu-El historian, Judi Leff, … Continued
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End of Life Planning: Be Prepared with Sinai Memorial Chapel 6:30 pm
End of Life Planning: Be Prepared with Sinai Memorial Chapel
Jul 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
End of Life Planning: How to be prepared with Sinai Memorial Chapelwith Rabbi Ryan BauerJoin us for this special program with Sinai Memorial Chapel and our own Rabbi Ryan Bauer. During the pandemic, it has … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (July 21) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (July 21)
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Jews Of Color Gathering (July 2021) 7:00 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (July 2021)
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Led by congregants who identify as Jews of Color, we are convening regular gatherings of Emanu-El members who identify as Jews of Color of any race or ethnicity, to meet each other, share stories, and explore … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (7/23/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (7/23/2021)
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, July 23rd, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/24/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/24/2021)
Jul 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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One Shabbat Service – (7/30/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (7/30/2021)
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, July 30th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/31/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/31/2021)
Jul 31 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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TAUBER SPARK!

TAUBER SPARK! – Ignite Your Jewish Learning

Allow yourself to dive into our tradition and SPARK your imagination. Take part in this innovative community-wide Jewish learning experience – a mini university experience. Let your heart be moved by Torah; be open to a transformative and mind-opening journey. This year we are offering three outstanding and renowned educators to share their expertise with this community. Select one educator to learn with for three weeks and enjoy the SPARK!

Course Offerings for 2021
March 9, 16, 23, virtually beginning at 7:00 pm.
Take a deep dive into Torah, Talmud or Kabbalah with these astounding professors. It will be hard to choose just one!
$18 for members; $36 for nonmembers 

Reading Repetition in the Torah
Taught by Professor Robert Alter of UC Berkeley

Many readers are likely to be puzzled by the fact that the biblical stories, famous for being laconic, abound in repetitions. On consideration, the repetitions turn out to be artful and deliberate, complicating and enriching the narrative. My first lecture will examine how the repetition of words, phrases, whole sentences is used in Genesis. The second talk will focus on how what looks like the same story is told more than once with different characters. The examples in this case will begin with Genesis and move beyond it as well.

Robert Alter is Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-six published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses.


Of Mind and Myth: Religious Thinking in Jewish Mysticism
Taught by Professor Ariel Evan Mayse of Stanford University

This three-week course will explore the rich intellectual world of Jewish mysticism both medieval and modern, with a particular focus on the Zohar, Hasidism and neo-Hasidism. We will look at tales of mystical teachers and enter Zoharic poetics of interpreting biblical stories, and will investigate daring Hasidic homilies and their bold new theological visions. We will also consider these sources with an eye to modern moral, spiritual and intellectual questions (including environmental ethics), exploring both the wisdom of the mystical tradition for contemporary Jewish thinking as well as its challenges.

Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and serves as the rabbi-in-residence at Atiq: Jewish Maker Institute (atiqmakers.org). Previously he was the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Mayse holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el in Israel. His most recent publications include Speaking Infinities: God and Language in the Teachings for Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritsh (University of Pennsylvania, 2020); Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World (Brandeis University Press, 2020), edited with Sam Berrin Shonkoff, and The Language of Truth in the Mother Tongue (Magnes Press, 2020, in Hebrew).


Talmud: Explore Big Jewish Questions of the Past, Present and Future
Taught by Professor Charlotte Fonrobert of Standford University

Session 1: Whatever happened to God?  
The destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the Beginning of Talmudic Literature  

We shall look at the repercussions of the Roman-Jewish war 66-70CE culminating in the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple (Beit ha-Mikdash) by the Romans. Its destruction signified the end of the sacrificial service and the priesthood, and thereby the end of biblical religion. Theologically, the Jerusalem Temple signified God’s presence amongst God’s people, so its destruction (hurban) also constituted a profound theological crisis. We shall look at the beginnings of Talmudic literature and the ingeniously creative ways, by which the sages of the Talmud (hakhamim) bridged a potentially catastrophic loss of cultural and religious tradition.  

Session 2: My Home is My Castle and Fortress?  Talmudic Religion as Household Religion  
In the second we shall deal with the Talmudic focus on the domestic world as primary stage of Jewish life. From early on Talmudic texts made marriage and the establishment of a household not only a religious duty (mitzvah), but also a sanctuary of in its own right. We will explore the gender roles and their contestation, as well as in the Talmudic world beyond the home.  

Session 3: Talmudic Futures and the Future of the Talmud
In our third and last class we ask what kind of future(s) Talmudic texts envisioned and were committed to. The urgent question of our time about the future of our planet and human life on it is one that concerned the sages of the Talmud, obviously in different ways. However, their commitment to a human future raises surprisingly relevant ethical question.  

Charlotte Fonrobert is the Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University, and a professor of talmudic literature and culture in the Department of Religious Studies. Among many other academic writings, she has published The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (2007). In the past she has taught at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and currently guest – teaches in the School of Jewish Theology in Potsdam/ Germany. Prof. Fonrobert is originally from Germany, where she met Rabbi Joseph Asher (z”l) when in college.


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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 [email protected]


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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