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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - East Bay

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation. This unique project is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, hailed by TIME magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."

Steinsaltz writes: “The Talmud is a central pillar of Jewish knowledge. It is not only important in and of itself, but it is organically connected to just about everything in the realm of Jewish knowledge, from the practical, everyday halakha to exciting and dizzying mystical notions.”

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. Newcomers to Talmud study should participate in the two-part preliminary series “A Taste of Talmud.” Please consult the print and online catalogs for locations, dates, and times.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle students study with the Koren Talmud Bavli, Berakhot, available in various print sizes and in digital editions.

If you have questions, please contact Abra Greenspan at abra@lehrhaus.org.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sundays, October 8, November 12, December 3,  January 7, February 4, March 4, April 15, May 6, June 10
9:00 - 11:00 am

$195 after Sept 27

Sign up for any two full-year Text Circles (Talmud, Zohar, Heschel) for $300 by September 27. To receive the bundled rate, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 08 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Nov 12 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Dec 03 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Jan 01 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Mon JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Feb 04 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Mar 04 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Apr 15 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
May 06 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Sun JCCEB Rabbi Dorothy Richman
Jun 10 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Rabbi Dorothy Richman


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.


Rabbi Dorothy Richman

Rabbi Dorothy Richman Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and as the Shamash Resident at the JCC East Bay. She teaches Torah and prayer widely in the Bay Area and her rabbinate has been deeply influenced by years of service with AJWS and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Dorothy recently released an album of original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition.