Dr. Sarah Tauber, assistant professor at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in History, University of California at Berkeley with a secondary school teaching certification in English, and JTS with an EdD in Jewish Education. She also studied Jewish history in Paris at the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Dr. Tauber has taught in a variety of secondary school settings in the Jewish and general educational world, both in the United States and in Europe, and was the education director of Congregation Beit GIL in Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently she has taught Judaic Studies, History, and Tefillah at the Upper School of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Dr. Tauber is also the book review editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.
Dr. Tauber coordinates The Davidson School's Practicum in Jewish Educational Leadership. Students in their final year at The Davidson School intern with a mentor in a variety of Jewish educational institutions, and meet weekly with Dr. Tauber to reflect upon their experiences. The program connects Davidson School students with outstanding leaders in Jewish education, giving them the practical experience to prepare for their careers as Jewish educational professionals. Dr. Tauber is also a research consultant for The Davidson School's ReFrame: Experiential Education in Congregational Schools initiative.
She also gives lectures and workshops for adult learners in the New York area on topics as diverse as Jewish history, Jewish theology, and Jewish education.
Dr. Tauber 's dissertation explored the role of the congregational rabbi as a teacher of adults, and she looks forward to integrating this research with her practical experience in the field of Jewish education. She is excited at the chance to guide and mentor JTS students on their paths toward becoming inspired and knowledgeable educators in the Jewish world.
Recent Scholarly Publications
"An Introductory Course in Jewish Education." Religious Education 107.5 (2012): 455–475.
"The Midwife: Portrait of a Congregational Rabbi as a Teacher of Adults." Journal of Jewish Education 79.1 (2013): 24–48.
"Teaching Through Personal Stories: Congregational Rabbis and Teaching Adults." Journal of Jewish Education 79.4 (2013): 432–452.
Recent Book Reviews
"Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism." Journal of Jewish Education 78.3 (2012): 281–285.
Key Resources on Jewish Religious Education. Religious Education 108.5 (October–December 2013): 542–547.
Recent Online Publications
"What Do Educational Leaders in The Complementary Setting Need in the 21st Century?" eJewishPhilanthropy May 7, 2013.
"Jews and Christians Learn from Memoirs: A Collegially Taught Course" (with Mary C. Boys). American Academy of Religion Spotlight on Teaching (October 2013): https://www.aarweb.org/node/1614
"The Midwife: Portrait of a Congregational Rabbi as a Teacher of Adults." Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference, June 12–14, 2011. Toronto.
"Two Heads are Better than One: Team-Teaching as Reflective Practice" (with Sara Shapiro-Plevan). Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference, June 10–12, 2012. Boston.
"Sharing Stories: Narrative in the Rabbinic Teaching of Adults." Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference, June 2–4, 2013. New York City.
Other Published Works
"Between Reason and Emotion: Intellectual and Existential Tensions in Contemporary Rabbinic Education: A Portrait of Neil Gillman." Journal of Jewish Education 73(3), 2007, 227–259.
Book Reviews: Writing and Art by Jewish Women of Color. Katya Gibel Azoulay, Siona Benjamin, Carolivia Herron, Shahanna McKinney, Aurora Levins Morales, and Rosa Maria Pegueros (contributing editors). Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, Volume 9, Number 1 (Summer), 2001. Transforming Anthropology 12(1& 2), 2004, 95–97.
Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice. Diane Tickton Schuster. Journal of Jewish Education, 72(1), 83–86.
Other Writing: "ReCreating Jewish Communities: Wholeness and Healing." Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). November 2005: 8–9.