The Tauber Institute is devoted to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society. It has a special interest in studying the Holocaust and its aftermath within the context of modern European intellectual, political and social history.

The institute is organized on a multidisciplinary basis with the participation of scholars in Jewish studies, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature and other disciplines. The institute was founded in 1980 as a result of a major benefaction by Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber and is named in honor of his parents.

What's New at Tauber

Micro-Grants for Social Justice 

The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry stands in solidarity with Black communities, organizations, and movements, which have long suffered from structural and systemic racism, inequality, and state violence in America. In an effort to promote meaningful conversations, engagement, and critical explorations of race, Black-Jewish relations, Jews of color, and other relevant topics, we are offering time-sensitive micro-grants up to $400, which may be used to support academic research, creative projects, and educational initiatives (i.e., reading groups). Undergraduate and graduate students, apply now! 


Classes with Faculty Associates

The Tauber Institute is pleased to announce the fall 2020 classes taught by our esteemed faculty associates:

Jonathan Decter
Religions of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (NEJS 3A)
An introduction to the three major religions originating in the Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Areas of focus include historical development, sacred texts, rituals, and interpretive traditions.
The Jews of Muslim and Christian Spain (NEJS 149A)
A survey of Jewish political, intellectual, and social history in the Islamic and Christian spheres from the beginnings of Jewish life in Spain until the expulsion in 1492. Students develop skills in reading historical, literary, and philosophical texts.

ChaeRan Freeze
Women, Genders, and Sexualities (WGS 5A)
This interdisciplinary course introduces central concepts and topics in the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Explores the position of women and other genders in diverse settings and the impact of gender as a social, cultural, and intellectual category in the United States and around the globe. Asks how gendered institutions, behaviors, and representations have been configured in the past and function in the present, and also examines the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with many other vectors of identity and circumstance in forming human affairs.

Laura Jockusch
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry (NEJS 37A)
Why and how did European Jews become victims of genocide? A systematic examination of the planning and implementation of Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” and the Jewish and general responses to it.
Inside Nazi Germany: Social and Political History of the Third Reich (NEJS 148A)
Provides an overview on the social and political history of Nazi Germany (1933-1945) covering the most significant topics pertaining to the ideological basis, structure and functioning of the regime as well as the social and political mechanisms that led millions of Germans to perpetrate war and genocide.

Eugene Sheppard
Jewish History: From Ancient to Modern Worlds (NEJS 6A)
Surveys ideas, institutions, practices and events central to critical approaches to the Jewish past and present. Dynamic processes of cross-fertilization, and contestation between Jews and their surroundings societies will be looked, as well as tradition and change, continuity and rupture.

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