Through the generous support of the Taube Family Foundation, GTUx is proud to present the Jewish Life and Culture Collection, a thought-provoking compilation of insights and perspectives curated in partnership with the Graduate Theological Union’s Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. This collection explores the vibrant and dynamic ways Jewish life and culture flourish in today’s world.
This partnership reflects the shared commitment of both GTUx and the Taube Family Foundation to fostering conversations and promoting a deeper understanding of topics in religious and cultural traditions that enrich the human experience. Taube Philanthropies celebrates current Jewish achievement in all aspects of human endeavor.
With the Jewish Life and Culture Collection, GTUx, GTU’s Center for Jewish Studies, and the Taube Family Foundation bring together diverse voices and perspectives to offer a comprehensive and engaging array of offerings. From exploring the history of Jewish traditions to examining contemporary issues facing Jewish communities, this collection will provide a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the richness and complexity of Jewish life and culture.
This ever-growing collection will feature lectures from a breadth of topics on Jewish life and culture, including:
“Eden on the Pacific: Exploring the History of Jews in the Bay Area”
Led by Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, this interview with Fred Rosenbaum reflects on Jewish communities in America, with a particular emphasis on the immigration of Jewish families in California and the thriving culture and commerce they created. Additionally, the conversation explores the intersection of the social rights movements in America and Jewish communities in diaspora. Through this discussion, readers can gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Jewish communities in America.
We bring together leading scholars and theologians in Jewish Studies to explore the intersection of social and environmental justice with Jewish scripture and culture. Mara Benjamin, Joy Ladin, and Ariel Mayse offer insights into how ancient text and ritual can be responsive to the reality of living in a world of climate change and environmental degradation, and how Jewish law can reflect contemporary moral and ethical values.
Through this conversation, readers can gain a deeper understanding of Jewish tradition’s role in addressing pressing social and environmental justice issues.
Mara Benjamin explores how ancient text and ritual can work in tandem with evolving environmental concerns and become responsive to the reality of living in a world of climate change and environmental degradation.
Joy Ladin reimagines the divine and human binary relationship from a trans and feminist perspective to offer a more intimate understanding of God.
Ariel Mayse awakens ancient text to refine the understanding of Jewish law to reflect contemporary moral and ethical values.
You can find the complete collection on GTUx here, which will be routinely updated as new offerings are made available.