Past Conferences

See a list of past conferences sponsored by the Tauber Institute.


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The Tauber Institute, in conjunction with various departments at Brandeis University, other campus-based research centers and international institutions, organizes conferences to provide participants a forum in which to engage in meaningful scholarly discourse and to develop new areas of inquiry and research in all fields of Jewish studies. 

Anthologizing American Jewish Thought: A Scholars Workshop
March 23 and 24, 2015

Cosponsored by the Tauber Institute at Brandeis University, and the Goldstein-Goren Center and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and at New York University

Participants:  Aryeh Cohen (American Jewish University), Michael Cohen (Tulane), Hasia Diner (NYU), Zev Eleff (Brandeis), David Ellenson (NYU), Michah Gottlieb (NYU), Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth), Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis), Jon Levisohn (Brandeis),  Shaul Magid (Indiana U.), Tony Michels (U. Wisconsin), Yehudah Mirsky (Brandeis), Samuel Moyn (Harvard), Jess Olson (Yeshiva Univ.), Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis),  Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis), Naomi Seidman (GTU), Stephen Whitfield (Brandeis)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Session One: Debating Slavery 12:45 pm-3:30 pm
Chair, Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University


  • “The Bible View of Slavery” by M.J. Raphall, 1861
  • David Einhorn’s Response to “A Bible View of Slavery,” 1861

Interpretive introductions:  

  • Michah Gottlieb, New York University
  • David Ellenson, New York University
  • Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

Session Two: A.J. Heschel and Civil Rights 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chair:  Shaul Magid, Indiana University


  • “No Religion is An Island,” 1966
  • “Religion and Race,” from The Insecurity of Freedom

Interpretive introductions:

  • Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
  • Samuel Moyn, Harvard University
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Session Three: “Orthodoxy” 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Chair: David Starr, Brandeis University


  • Samuel Belkin, “The Jewish Community in a Non-Jewish World,” Essays in Traditional Jewish Thought, 1956
  • Shimon Schwab, “Torah im Derekh Eretz – A Second View,” 1990

Interpretive introductions:

  • Yehudah Mirsky, Brandeis University
  • Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union

Session Four: From Marxism to Judaism 12:30 pm -3:30 pm
Chair:  Michah Gottlieb, New York University


  • Will Herberg, “From Marxism to Judaism,” Commentary 1947

Interpretive introductions:

  • Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin
  • Hasia Diner, NYU
  • Shaul Magid, Indiana University