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Taus Lecture Series

Taus Lecture Series

Provocative and stimulating presentations on subjects of general and Jewish interest by distinguished scholars from colleges and universities throughout Southern California.

The Taus Lecture Series is now in its 37th season. The original creation of Esther Taus, Ph.D., z’l, this series brings noted scholars and academics to Temple Beth El for an afternoon or evening of thought-provoking learning and dialogue. 

Each session offers a thorough exploration of a subject of Jewish interest presented by a distinguished Rabbi, educator, speaker, or faculty member from a Southern California college or university. 

Here is this year’s series schedule:

Taus Lecture Series 2019-2020

Dr. Don Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of History at CSU Long Beach, “America’s First Superhero: Harry Houdini”

Evening Lecture Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Senior Rabbi Valley Beth Shalom, “Your Soul—An Owner’s Guide”

Lunch & Learn Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Noon

Dr. Marc Dollinger, Professor of Jewish Studies, SFSU, “Academic Freedom, Antisemitism, and the University”

Evening Lecture Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel, “Muslim-Jewish Relations”

Lunch & Learn Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Noon

Rabbi Rachel Adler of the Hebrew Union College, “Jewish Constructions of Gender”

Lunch & Learn Sunday, April 19, Noon

Rabbi Jill Zimmerman of Path with Heart, “The Journey of Transformation: Counting the Omer”

Lunch & Learn Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Noon


Evening Lectures: $18 paid in advance or $20 at the door; Lunch & Learn Lectures: $25 paid in advance or $30 at the door

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