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 one hour engaged in of one of four 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 2019 – March 12, 19, 26 from 6:45 – 9:00pm!
Rabbi Joshua Landon from the Shalom Hartman Institute
Keynote speakers will include:
March 12 – Rabbi Joshua Plaut, PhD, the Executive Director of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, representing Israel’s premier hospital in the USA.
March 19 – Prof. Marc Dollinger, PhD, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair of Social Responsibility of the Jewish Studies Department at San Francisco State University.
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.
This program is part of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.