Students should purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or the PDF (less than $10).

Talmud Circles


At HaMaqom | The Place, Peretz will be continuing the study of Tractate Ta’anit in Talmud Circles in San Francisco/Santa Rosa and Palo Alto/Los Gatos and Downtown Lunchtime Talmud.  New participants are welcomed and will have webinars and tutorials to be able to jump in.

Coming to OLLI in 2021

 Averroes, Maimonides and Spinoza:

The Possibilities of the Human Spirit

 January 11th-February 8th

 1:30-3:30 pm


Spinoza is often presented as having laid the foundations for modernity, but he is standing on the shoulders of two sons of Cordova, the Muslim philosopher Averrores and his contemporary, Maimonides.  Averrores and Maimonides lived at the end of the Golden Age of Al-Andalus and Spinoza was a child of the generation (both Jews and Muslims) exiled from Spain.  They all were born one place and died another, experiencing migration and resisting intellectual oppression.  What may they say to us today?  


Italian Illuminated Ketubot

Sunday, January 31, 2:00pm

Jewish Community Library Online

The Jews of Italy are known for their magnificent illuminated ketubot (marriage contracts), which incorporate Italian architectural details, images of Jerusalem, allegorical representations, and biblical figures, as well as more fantastical elements such as cherubs and signs of the zodiac.