Tauber Spark Offerings Archive

About Spark:

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!

Tauber Spark Offerings Archive:

2022 Offerings:

The Jewish Family: Past, Present and Future
Taught by Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D.

Why it’s our Obligation to Take Care of Mother Earth (The Torah Says So)
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Dr. Barak Gale

Essential Jewish Philosophers: Hillel, Maimonides and Spinoza
Taught by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

2021 Offerings:

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

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

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


2019 Offerings:

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


2019 Keynotes:

Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, Ph.D. — Good News from Israel: Medical Achievements 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

2018 Offerings:

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.


2018 Keynotes:

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.

2017 Offerings:

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 Keynotes:

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.