What we're about
The Kloyz from the Latin word Clausum is Yiddish for a small, local, exclusive and highly committed circle of individuals to the study of Jewish texts. Before the traditional Jewish community disintegrated under the pressures of scientific and technological progress and the rise of modern citizen states, the kloyz was a place of “hidden secrets,” divine wisdom, even heretical beliefs that was especially kept small for purposeful collaborative learning. (For more historical information see "Kloyz (http://www.yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Kloyz)" in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.)
The Kloyz of the Bay Area is committed to close, collaborative, and interdisciplinary study of classic, traditional and non-traditional Jewish texts on law, philosophy, politics, art, culture, and religion. The Bay Area Kloyz is a voluntary association of individuals of various age and background and does not represent any political party, social movement, or religious denomination. The goal is to create a respectful dialogue, to open up to every perspective no matter how seemingly tense or controversial a topic may be, to leave no stone unturned in opinion or point of view. It is non-judgemental conversation about most important issues, events, and ideas that concern Jews and Judaism, and create an environment where intellectual voice meets the true democratic value of collective education.
We currently meet in Palo Alto on weekly basis to study the works of Moses Maimonides, also known as RAMBAM (1165-1204).
To join this study group new members must answer 5 questions and be approved by the organizer.