How can we catch exceptions that are thrown from custom RDDs or custom map functions?

We have a custom RDD  that is throwing an exception that we would like to catch but the exception that is thrown back to the caller is a org.apache.spark.SparkException that does not contain any useful information about the original exception.  The detail message is a string representation of the original stack trace but its hard to do anything useful with that.

Below is a small class that exhibits the issue.  It uses a map function instead of a custom RDD but the symptom is the same, the original RuntimeException is lost.  I tested this with spark 1.2.1 and 1.3.0

public class SparkErrorExample {

    public static void main(String [] args) throws Exception {
        SparkConf sparkConf = new SparkConf().setAppName("SparkExample").setMaster("local[*]");
        JavaSparkContext ctx = new JavaSparkContext(sparkConf);

        JavaRDD<String> data = ctx.parallelize(Arrays.asList("1", "2", "3"));

        try {
   -> {
                throw new RuntimeException();
        } catch (Exception ex) {
            System.out.println("Exception class: " + ex.getClass());
            System.out.println("Exception message: " + ex.getMessage());
            System.out.println("Exception cause: "+ ex.getCause());