Adult Education

SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Fascinating Facts: Myths and Mysteries of Judaism

August 7 – September 4
Thursdays, 5 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

Instructor: Rabbi Baruch Ezagui

A treasure trove of intriguing "who knew?" Jewish factoids to challenge your assumptions about Judaism. A course that promises to educate, enlighten, and inspire even the most seasoned trivia buff. Topics include: Jewish myths, Biblical stories, Jewish life cycle events, mysteries of the occult, the Hebrew language, and Jewish foods and festivals.

Rabbi Baruch Ezagui is the director of Chabad of La Jolla. He received his smicha (ordination) at the elite rabbinical seminary in Australia. He has also pursued his passion for music, singing with the Israeli philharmonic orchestra and serving for two years as the solo cantor in the largest congregation in Sydney. He is a warm and engaging teacher who enjoys taking esoteric texts and making them accessible to the public.

Price: $90; JCC member Price $72

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Christianity, A Guide for the Perplexed

August 19 – September 9
Tuesdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC

Instructor: Professor Rebecca Moore

What is the difference between a Baptist and a Catholic? Do all Christians accept the virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus? What is the defining characteristic of Christianity? This course answers these questions and more by introducing the history, beliefs and practices of Christians.

We will examine the teachings of Jesus, an apocalyptic first-century Jewish prophet, and the subsequent teachings about him. Terminology and vocabulary will be clarified in order to gain a better understanding of this influential world religion.

Rebecca Moore is a professor in Religious Studies at SDSU focusing on the history of Christianity, Religion in America, and new religious movements. She is currently publishing a feminist analysis of the role women have played in the development of Christianity.

Price: $75; JCC member price $60

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Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


 

FREE Tastes of Melton

Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 pm
Tifereth Israel Synagogue

6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92119

RSVP FOR TIFERETH
sdcjc.org/TiferethTaste or 858.362.1154

Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El

6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120

RSVP FOR EMANU-EL
sdcjc.org/EmanuElTaste or 858.362.1154

Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm
Congregation B'nai Tikvah

2510 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009

RSVP FOR B'NAI TIKVAH
sdcjc.org/BnaiTikvahTaste or 858.362.1154

*Can't make these Tastes of Melton? Attend a 2-session "Melton Sampler". Click here for more info.
New 27-week classes begin this fall, but you can attend this free sample class now!
Future Tastes of Melton will be scheduled at various sites around San Diego County.
To find out about one near you, email noah@lfjcc.com.

ATTEND A FREE TASTE OF MELTON
Are you a wondering Jew? If so, then Melton classes are for you! Attend a free Taste of Melton and find out what’s behind the buzz. The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is an exciting approach to Jewish learning. New 27-week classes begin this fall, but you can attend this free sample class now.

Essence of the Jewish Commandments: A Taste of Melton
Judaism offers us many different directives as to how to live our lives and how to better the world we live in. Our sages have tried to categorize and understand the relative importance of these directives—commandments—from many different perspectives. This lesson will examine various Jewish texts that will open up our discussion into the essence of the commandments. It will also serve to demonstrate that the Melton School is a fun and open way to learn the basics (and beyond) of Judaism.


FOUNDATIONS OF JEWISH FAMILY LIVING

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Sunday Mornings 9:30–11:00 a.m. or 
Thursday Evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Lawrence Family JCC • 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla 92037

Please note: In order to provide the best learning experience possible, class size will be limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Foundations for Jewish Family Living
Led by: Jennifer Meltzer

Foundations or Jewish Family Living is a new learning opportunity for parents that provides a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. At a time in a family’s life when a child is asking questions about his or her Jewish heritage, this rich learning experience provides you with the education, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home.

Each lesson contains meaningful connections to PJ Library books and the Shalom Sesame video series.

Jennifer Meltzer serves as Program Coordinator for the Nierman Preschool at the Lawrence Family JCC. She leads Tot ‘N Company and Wee Play programs, as well as Shalom Baby’s Baby Book Club series. She earned her MSW and Masters in Jewish Communal Service from USC and HUC in Los Angeles. Married to Rabbi Scott Meltzer of Ohr Shalom Synagogue, she is also the proud mother of four wonderful children.

Price:
Semester 1 (10 Lessons):

Thursdays • Sept 4, 2014–Jan 8, 2015
Sundays • Sept 7, 2014–Jan 4, 2015
Price: $180; JCC Member Price: $150
Couples: $300; JCC Member Price: $250

Semester 2 (10 Lessons):
Thursdays • Jan 15–March 26, 2015
Sundays • Jan 11–March 29, 2015
Price: $180; JCC Member Price: $150
Couples: $300; JCC Member Price: $250

Semesters 1 & 2 (20 Lessons):
Price: $300; JCC Member Price: $250
Couples: $550; JCC Member Price: $450

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL LIST OF CLASS DATES

Book Fee:
$38 Per Book
NOTE: Book covers all 20 lessons

To Register or For More Information: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154

Foundations of Jewish Family Living was developed by the renowned Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, A Project of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Introduction to Jewish Texts: A Melton Sampler

Wednesdays, September 3 and 10 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Seacrest Village) or
Thursdays, September 4 and 11 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Congregation Beth Am) or
Tuesdays, September 9 and 16 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (LFJCC) or
Thursdays, September 11 and 18 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (LFJCC)


Introduction to Jewish Texts: A Melton Prequel
Instructor: Noah Hadas

What is the Tanakh and the Talmud? And what is the difference between Midrash and Mishna? In order to study the evolution of Judaism, you must use Jewish texts from a number of historical periods.

In this class, we will explore the most important of these texts. This class will also serve as an introduction to the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

Noah Hadas is Director of Adult Jewish Education at the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the JCC. He is also the Director of San Diego's Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, in which he teaches classes on Jewish philosophy and history.

Price: $10; JCC member price $5
*FREE for Melton students registered for the 2014-15 class year.

Lawrence Family JCC
Congregation Beth Am: 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130
Seacrest Village: 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024

To Register or For More Information: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

Judaism 4.0: Where Torah, Midrash, Philosophy & Mysticism Meet

October 21 – December 16 (no class November 25)
Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC

Instructor: Rabbi Shai Cherry

The Israelite religion found in the Torah is Judaism 1.0. After the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, a new class of scholars, the Rabbis, led Judaism into its next phase, Judaism 2.0, through a prescient process of literary interpretation known as Midrash. In the Middle Ages, independent philosophical and mystical works were drafted to justify and promote the Rabbinic enterprise.

Two hundred years ago, the traditional Jewish communities of Europe began breaking down as a result of political emancipation and the Jewish enlightenment. The consequent emergence of the modern denominational landscape is Judaism 3.0. Today, we are participating in the birth of Judaism 4.0. What's to salvage, what's to jettison, and where are we headed are our animating questions?

Rabbi Shai Cherry holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University (2001) and was subsequently ordained as a Conservative Rabbi by the Ziegler School (2009). Cherry wrote the first user-friendly text book on Jewish biblical commentary: Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times and is the featured lecturer for The Great Course's "Introduction to Judaism."

Price: $150; JCC Member Price $120

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


 

PAST SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES


 

Naomi Shemer: First Lady of Israeli Song and Poetry

June 9 – July 1
Mondays or Tuesdays, 4 weekly sessions

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Carlsbad

Instructor: Elisheva Edelson

Naomi Shemer is widely considered to be the First Lady of Israeli Song. In writing and singing "Jerusalem of Gold," she succeeded in connecting Jews to their roots, and in balancing the tension between past and present. She linked the ordinary with the festive, the countryside with the city and the history of Israel between war and peace. Ten years after her death, let us bring her back to life as we go over her words and melodies, and let's discover the treasure she left for us all.

Elisheva Edelson has been a Jewish Educator in Mexico City and for the last 12 years in San Diego. Elisheva created the program "7 Decades of Israeli music—Connecting with Israel through Song."

Price: $75; JCC Member Price $60

 

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Congregation B'nai Tikvah: 2510 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


 

Convivencia: The Golden Age of Spain

June 18 – July 9
Wednesdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

Instructor: Laurel Corona

Convivencia, "living together," is the term used to describe the seven centuries in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together on the Iberian Peninsula before the Jewish expulsion in 1492. This lecture series will explore the history of this era and the achievements in science, medicine, literature, philosophy, and the arts that earned this era its reputation as the Golden Age of Spain.

Laurel Corona is a professor of Humanities and World Religions at San Diego City College and author of four historical novels. Her newest work, The Mapmaker's Daughter, is set during the last years of Jewish life in Spain, focusing on the lives of Jewish women.

Price: $85; JCC member Price $70
Class fee includes a copy of The Mapmaker's Daughter.

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


SIZZLING SUMMER CLASSES

Pewish and Jewish: The American Jewish Experience
From the Late 20th Century Through Today

July 10 – July 31
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 - 11:30 A.M., Congregation Beth Israel
7:00 - 8:30 P.M., Lawrence Family JCC

Instructor: Professor Joellyn Zollman

The recent Pew survey on American Jewish life has generated a lot of conversation and controversy. Join us to create more of both! This four week class will consider what historians and sociologists have identified as the great themes and challenges of late 20th century American Jewish experience, like the Holocaust, Israel, Feminism and spirituality. Then, we'll see how the Pew study offers both confirmation and surprises when it comes to what we thought we knew about contemporary American Jewish life.

Joellyn Zollman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University. She has worked with the Jewish material culture collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Skirball Museum, and The American Jewish Historical Society. Locally, she has taught classes on Jewish history, American religion, and religious art and architecture at San Diego State University, UCSD, and the Center for Jewish Culture.

Price: $75; JCC member Price $60

Congregation Beth Israel: 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


 

Former program of the Agency for Jewish Education
Co-Sponsored by Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the Leichtag Family Foundation.