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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Palo Alto

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters

Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. Through a reading of the Babylonian Talmud tractate Ta’anit (on fasts in response to drought) we will discuss how the Talmud challenges Deuteronomy’s claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke.

Students must purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or PDF.

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that you participate in our A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar introductory session. Sunday September 16, 10:00 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This program is free, however, please register in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

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

Schedule

# Sessions
9
Date & time

Sundays, October 21, November 11, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19, June 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuition
$270 (100%)
$225 (80%)
$180 (60%)

Please select one of the pricing options above.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 21 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 11 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Dec 09 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Jan 13 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Feb 10 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 10 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Apr 14 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
May 19 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Jun 02 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Locations

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-567-3327

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.

Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto, CA 94306

650-223-8700

Instructors

Rabbi Jennifer Clayman

Rabbi Jennifer ClaymanJen Clayman joined the Lehrhaus faculty in 2016. She is a rabbi with over two decades of experience in Jewish education and communal life, and she especially loves teaching adults. A resident of the Bay Area since 2008, she lives in Mountain View with her husband and children.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center.