TAUBER SPARK! – Ignite Your Jewish Learning
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 was canceled due to Covid-19. We look forward to learning together again soon.
Course Offerings for 2020 were:
Discovery and Surprise in Jewish History: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Geniza
Taught by SFSU Profs: Ken Cohen and Fred Astren
LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life: Where do we fit and how can we all belong together?
Randi Reed, Keshet’s Bay Area Educator
Forgiving the Unforgivable? The Ethics of Apologies
Prof. Aaron Hahn Tapper, University of San Francisco
Bro-Mitzvahs: The Black-Jewish Dialogue on TV by Prof. Shaina Hammerman, USF
Refugees in America by Rabbi Lee Bycel
Jewish Scientists, Hitler and the Laws of Economics by Auritte Cohen-Ross
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
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.
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
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.
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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