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

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

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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: Allan 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.


 

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


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


 

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


 

FREE Tastes of Melton

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
Jewish Collaborative of San Diego

5927 Balfour Ct., #203
Carlsbad, CA 92008

RSVP FOR JEWISH COLLABORATIVE OF SD
sdcjc.org/JCSDTaste 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.


A MELTON PREQUEL

Introduction to Jewish Texts

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
Wednesdays, September 10 and 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Seacrest Village) 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