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The Kloyz is a voluntary association for close, collaborative, and interdisciplinary study of Jewish life and culture - past and present people, events, ideas. 

The Kloyz meets bi-monthly on Wednesday at 8pm in Palo Alto, CA.Topics are briefly introduced by Shimshon Ayzenberg or volunteer (10-15 minutes) followed by discussion (45-50 minutes). Specially-selected classic (fiction/non-fiction) or scholarly texts focus the discussion on topics that may include but are not limited to Jewish art, law, philosophy, mysticism, politics, religion, and economics. Each text is posted under "Files." The "KloyzMind-Map" and the "KloyzNotes" are posted under "Files" as well to help with preparation.   

No prior knowledge is necessary to join, but members are encouraged to read and think through the material on their own and come prepared. The average preparation time should not exceed 2-4 hours in toto. Becoming a member of the Kloyz does not obligate anyone to attend each and every session. Come to topics that interest you and propose a topic to discuss! 

The Kloyz 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, and potentially to leave no stone unturned in opinion or point of view. The Kloyz aspires to provide a non-judgemental and non-passive-agressive conversation about most important issues, events, and ideas that concern Jews and Judaism, and create an environment where personal and intellectual growth meets true democratic values of collective education. Members choose topics and/or texts that interest them!

By joining this group, members consent to The Kloyz Basic Principles:

Every member is entitled to his/her opinion and/or practice.

•  Every member is entitled to respectful disagreement.

• Every member is entitled to dismiss another for hateful speech.

What was a Kloyz? Before the traditional Jewish community disintegrated under the pressures of scientific and technological progress and the rise of modern states, the kloyz was a place of “hidden secrets,” of mystical techniques, of divine wisdom, of connecting to the creation and, of course, even of heretical beliefs. It was a study group kept purposefully small for engaged, mutually-enabling, collaborative learning. For more historical background go to "Kloyz" in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.

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