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Join us for the Inaugural Lecture for the Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies given by Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Sam Shonkoff. Dr. Shonkoff's talk is titled “Gender in Martin Buber’s Hasidic Tales.” The event will feature introductory words by GTU leadership and Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, as well as a response by Dr. Judith Plaskow, professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College.
Sam Shonkoff is the Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the GTU, where he teaches on Jewish religious thought, modern Jewish cultures, and methods in theology, ethics, and the historical-cultural study of religions. His research focuses primarily on German-Jewish thought and Hasidism, as well as appropriations of Hasidic spirituality in relatively secular spheres. Shonkoff’s current book project investigates themes of embodiment in Martin Buber’s representations of Hasidism vis-à-vis the original sources. He is co-editor with Ariel Evan Mayse of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World (Brandeis University Press, 2020) and the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy (Brill, 2018). Prior to joining the GTU in 2018, Shonkoff taught at Oberlin College and the University of Chicago.
Judith Plaskow is professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College and a Jewish feminist theologian. Co-founder and for many years co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, she is author or editor of several works in feminist theology, including Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective, The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics 1972-2003, and Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology (coauthored with Carol P. Christ).
Bay Area businessman Tad Taube is the founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies and board president emeritus of the Koret Foundation in San Francisco. He is chairman and founder of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization. Born in Kraków, Poland, in 1931, Tad Taube immigrated to the United States in 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War II. Mr. Taube established his family philanthropy in 1980, a major focus of which has been academic Jewish studies. In the Bay Area, Taube Philanthropies has endowed the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and has been a longtime supporter of the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies. Taube Philanthropies also supports Jewish studies at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and other Bay Area universities, as well as in Poland and Israel.
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