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 Spring 2021 classes taught by our esteemed faculty associates:

Jonathan Decter
Jews in the World of Islam (NEJS 144A)
Examines social and cultural history of Jewish communities in the Islamic world. Special emphasis is placed on the pre-modern Jewish communities. 
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
Carnal Israel: Exploring Jewish Sexuality from Talmudic Times to the Present (NEJS 166A)
This interdisciplinary course explores the construction of Jewish sexuality from Talmudic times to the present. Themes include rabbinic views of sex, niddah, illicit relations, masculinity, medieval erotic poetry, Ashkenazi and Sephardic sexual practices, and sexual symbolism in mystic literature; the discourse on sex, race, and nationalism in Europe; debates about masculinity, sexual orientation, and stereotypes in America and Israel.

Laura Jockusch
Genocide and Mass Killing in the Twentieth Century (NEJS 138A)
An interdisciplinary seminar examining history and sociology of the internationally punishable crime of genocide, with the focus on theory, prevention, and punishment of genocide. Case studies include Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, Stalin's Russia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. 

Eugene Sheppard
The Modern Jewish Experience (NEJS 135A)
Themes include Enlightenment, Hasidism, emancipation, Jewish identity in the modern world (acculturation and assimilation), development of dominant nationalism in Judaism, Zionism, European Jewry between the world wars, Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel, and contemporary Jewish life in America, Israel, and Europe. 

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