Adult Education

ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

The Origin and Development of Ashkenazic Jewry A Social History of Jews Living Among Christians

January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 17, 24; March 3, 10
Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions


10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

OR

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130

Instructor: Noah Hadas


It is estimated that in the 11th century Ashkenazi Jews composed only three percent of the world’s Jewish population, while prior to the Holocaust, that number exceeded 90%. This class will focus on the early development of this group in Northern France and Western Germany as they struggled to find their place in a profoundly Christian, and therefore sometimes profoundly hostile, world.


Price: $150; JCC Member Price $120

 

Register by Phone / More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154

Click here for a link to the PDF


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

Highlights in the History of Synagogue Music

February 25; March 4, 11, 2015
Wednesdays, 3 weekly sessions

10:30
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Instructor: Alan Endy


Do you know who the first person was to write Jewish music? Or what composer/singer of Jewish music was a good friend of Bob Dylan? Or what cantor was made a knight by his emperor? For answers to these and other questions, take a musical journey from Temple times to today. Through readings, slides, and music you’ll learn about the Instruments of the Middle East in Temple times, the music in the synagogue and church from the Middle Ages to the Baroque Era, Jewish music in modern times, and more!


Price: $40; JCC Member Price $32

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Melanie Rubin, 858.362.1141


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

Turning Inward: Jews and American Life, 1965-present(ish)

March 24, 31; april 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 2015
Tuesdays, 8 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Instructor: Joellyn Zollman


This class examines how American-Jews negotiated both sides of their hyphenated identity in response to the some of the great ideological and political events of the post-war era, including the counterculture, feminism, the plight of Soviet Jewry and the creation and growth of the state of Israel.


Price: $150; JCC Member Price $120

 

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


ADVANCED JEWISH STUDIES

The Jewish New Testament

April 16 - May 7, 2015
Thursdays, 4 weekly sessions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Instructor: Rebecca Moore


The New Testament has been called a “midrash” on the Christian Old Testament, the Jewish Tanach. But what does that mean exactly? It is clear that a number of New Testament authors were themselves Jewish and saw themselves as writing for a Jewish, rather than Gentile, audience. They presupposed a knowledge of scripture, customs, and beliefs that would be mainly unknown to non-Jews.

This four-week course looks at three unique texts in the New Testament in order to gain an understanding of how the followers of Jesus were interpreting sacred texts and traditions in order to explain who Jesus was—to themselves and to others.

Course Outline

Week 1 Introduction to the New Testament: history, composition, language, structure, and canonization
Week 2 The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus as the new Moses and the Messiah prophesied in scripture
Week 3 The Book of Hebrews: A mysterious book that interprets Jesus as the High Priest, but not of the Temple, of the Tabernacle of Moses
Week 4 Revelation: A midrash on Ezekiel promising the heavenly Jerusalem descending to earth, with God dwelling amidst God’s people

A copy of the New Oxford Annotated Bible would be very helpful to have, but any New Testament will do.

Price: $75; JCC Member Price $60

Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154


FOUNDATIONS OF JEWISH FAMILY LIVING

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

NEW DATES AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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):

Price: $180; JCC Member Price: $150
Couples: $300; JCC Member Price: $250

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.


 

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