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'Judaisms': A presentation by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper in Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. The new book views Judaism as multifaceted, complicated, age-old, and ever-changing, and argues that Jewish identity has been viewed in many ways: as culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion, and more. Judaisms assesses Jewish history using multiple perspectives, including alternative and marginalized voices, to argue that Jews always have reshaped their customs, practices, and beliefs.

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, PhD, teaches at the University of San Francisco, where he is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. He is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Transformative Education, and founder and former co-executive director of Abraham's Vision, a conflict-transformation organization.

Co-presented by Be'chol Lashon and the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.