The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Tauber Institute Series

The Tauber Institute Series is dedicated to publishing compelling and innovative approaches to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society.

The series features scholarly works related to the Enlightenment, modern Judaism and the struggle for emancipation, the rise of nationalism and the spread of antisemitism, the Holocaust and its aftermath, as well as the contemporary Jewish experience. The series is published under the auspices of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry — established by a gift to Brandeis University from Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber — and is supported, in part, by the Tauber Foundation and the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.

New on the Bookshelf

Cover of Susan Martha Kahn's book "Canine Pioneer: The Extraordinary Life of Rudolphina Menzel" depicting a woman sitting with a dog.

Susan Martha Kahn

An insightful look at the life and legacy of a pioneer cynologist between Europe and Israel.



Cover of Marat Grinberg's "The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf: Jewish Culture and Identity Between the Lines"  which features images of the worn spines of book covers of various colors and the Soviet Union hammer and sickle in the background

Marat Grinberg

An original investigation into the reading strategies and uses of books by Jews in the Soviet era.



Cover of Arthur Green's "Defender of the Faithful" featuring a decorative image of hues of blue

Arthur Green

The life and thought of Levi Yitshak of Berdychiv (1740–1809), one of the most fascinating and colorful Hasidic leaders of his time. 



Cover of Gilad Sharvit's Dynamic Repetition: History and Messianism in Modern Jewish Thought, which features a geometric design in white against a gray backdrop

Gilad Sharvit

A new understanding of modern Jewish theories of messianism across the disciplines of history, theology, and philosophy.



Book cover for title "Hermann Cohen: Writings on Neo-Kantianism and Jewish Philosophy"

Samuel Moyn and Robert S. Schine

A fresh collection of writings by Hermann Cohen that sheds light on an often overlooked scholar.



Book cover picture for "Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern"

Charles Dellheim

Tells the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a small number of eminent art dealers and collectors who, against the odds, played a pivotal role in the migration of works of art from Europe to the United States and in the triumph of modern art


Book cover for "Transmitting Jewish History: In Conversation with Sylvie Anne Goldberg"

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and Sylvie Anne Goldberg, Foreword by Alexander Kaye and translation by Benjamin Ivry

Series of interviews that paint a revealing portrait of history and bring together exceptional material on Yerushalmi’s personal and intellectual journeys


Book cover for "Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography"

Cedric Cohen-Skalli

One of the greatest leaders and thinkers of Iberian Jewry in the aftermath of the expulsion of 1492


Book cover for "Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World"

Ariel Evan Mayse and Sam Berrin Shonkoff, editors

A vibrant and polyphonic set of Hasidic confrontations with the modern world


Book cover for "American Jewish Thought Since 1934: Writings on Identity, Engagement and Belief "

Michael Marmur and David Ellenson, editors

A look at how the diverse body of Jewish thought developed within the historical and intellectual context of America


A Jewish Woman of Distinction: The Life and Diaries of Zinaida Poliakova book cover

ChaeRan Y. Freeze; translated by Gregory L. Freeze

Rare documents reveal how Jews successfully integrated into Russian aristocratic society


Glikl: Memoirs 1691-1719 book cover

Annotated with an introduction by Chava Turniansky; English translation by Sara Friedman

An authoritative new translation, fully annotated to explicate Glikl’s life and times


Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought book cover

Daniel B. Schwartz

Key works about Spinoza’s critical role in the formation of modern Jewish identity


The Lost Library: The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust book cover

Dan Rabinowitz

The story of the greatest prewar Jewish library in Europe


Modern French Jewish Thought: Writings on Religion and Politics book cover

Sarah Hammerschlag, ed.

An illuminating anthology that traces the trajectory of Jewish thought in twentieth-century France


The Road to September 1939: Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the Eve of World War II book cover

Jehuda Reinharz, Yaacov Shavit

How the Zionist movement and the Yishuv actively sought to help Polish and other European Jews in the 1930s


Jewish Legal Theories: Writings on State, Religion, and Morality book cover

Leora Batnitzky, ed.; Yonatan Brafman, ed.

Anthology of writings about Jewish law in the modern world


Gershom Scholem: From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back book cover

Noam Zadoff

A new intellectual portrait of a prominent twentieth-century philosopher


Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn book cover

Adi Gordon

The life and intellectual evolution of Hans Kohn, a pioneer of nationalism studies


Sabbatian Heresy: Writings on Mysticism, Messianism, and the Origins of Jewish Modernity book cover

Pawel Maciejko, editor

Key writings on Sabbatianism and its legacy and afterlife in Jewish culture, memory, and religion


Inside the Antisemitic Mind book cover

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Jehuda Reinharz

Exploring expressions of antisemitism in Germany today


Style and Seduction book cover

Elana Shapira

Explores the central role of Jewish patrons as shapers of Viennese modernism


The Individual in History book cover

Edited by ChaeRan Y. Freeze, Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard

Essays to honor Jehuda Reinharz, his scholarly work and institutional leadership