Sarah Tauber (z”l)

Assistant Professor at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education

Department: Jewish Education , Religious Leadership, Journal of Jewish Education, Congregation Beit GIL

Phone: (212) 678-8057

Email: satauber@jtsa.edu

Building Room: Brush 406A

Office Hours: By Appointment

Biography

BA, Yale University; Teaching Certificate, University of California, Berkeley; EdD, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Sarah Tauber is an assistant professor at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS. She 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 l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales. 

She 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. Before coming to JTS she taught Judaic studies, history, and tefillah at the High School of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Dr. Tauber is also the book review editor of the Journal of Jewish Education. Dr. Tauber is passionate about teaching and mentoring JTS students on their journeys. 

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 in a seminar with Dr. Tauber to reflect upon their experiences. The practicum seminar is also intended to educate students about theories of leadership through reading and discussion. 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 the creator, director, and teacher, with her colleague Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick, of the Liturgical Interpreters Project. This initiative spans four semesters and focuses on helping Davidson master’s students to develop deeper insight about their prayer practice, their relationship to prayer, and their ability to lead and teach Jewish liturgy. Further, Dr. Tauber is a research consultant for The Davidson School’s ReFrame: Experiential Education in Congregational Schools initiative.

She lectures and gives workshops for adult learners in the New York area on topics as diverse as Jewish history, Jewish theology, and Jewish education. Her 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. The dissertation will be published as a book in 2015 as part of the Religious Education Association’s Horizons in Religious Education series, published by Wipf and Stock. Titled Open Hearts, Devoted Minds: Portraits of Adult Religious Educators, it will be the second in the REA’s Horizons series. Her current research initiative involves studying the influence of adult learning on the religious conversion process.

Publications

  • Open Minds, Devoted Hearts: Portraits of Adult Religious Educators. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015.
  • “An Introductory Course in Jewish Education.” Religious Education 107, no. 5 (2012): 455–75.
  • “The Midwife: Portrait of a Congregational Rabbi as a Teacher of Adults.” Journal of Jewish Education 79, no. 1 (2013): 24–48.
  • “Teaching Through Personal Stories: Congregational Rabbis and Teaching Adults.” Journal of Jewish Education 79, no. 4 (2013): 432–52.
  • Review of The Crisis of Zionism, by Peter Beinart. Journal of Jewish Education 78, no. 3 (2012): 281–85.
  • “Key Resources on Jewish Religious Education.” Religious Education 108, no. 5 (October–December 2013): 542–47. 
  • What Do Educational Leaders in the Complementary Setting Need in the 21st Century?” eJewishPhilanthropy (blog). May 7, 2013.
  • Jews and Christians Learn from Memoirs: A Collegially Taught Course.” With Mary C. Boys. Spotlight on Teaching, supplement, Religious Studies News. October 2013. 
  • “Between Reason and Emotion: Intellectual and Existential Tensions in Contemporary Rabbinic Education: A Portrait of Neil Gillman.” Journal of Jewish Education 73, no. 3 (2007): 227–59.
  • Review of Writing and Art by Jewish Women of Color, special issue of Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends (9, no. 1 [Summer 2001]), Katya Gibel Azoulay, Siona Benjamin, Carolivia Herron, Shahanna McKinney, Aurora Levins Morales, and Rosa Maria Pegueros, contributing editors. Transforming Anthropology 12, nos. 1–2 (January 2004): 95–97.
  • Review of Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice, by Diane Tickton Schuster. Journal of Jewish Education 72, no. 1 (2006): 83–86.
  • “ReCreating Jewish Communities: Wholeness and Healing.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility 36, no. 625 (November 2005): 8–9.

Lectures

  • “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. 
  • “Religious Persecution & Vicarious Trauma: Educational Initiatives Among Religious Diaspora Communities.” Presented with Jennifer Hadad Mosher from Union Theological Seminary at the Religious Education Association Annual Conference, November 6–8, 2014, Chicago.