Jewish Education Upcoming Events

FREE Taste of Melton

Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:00am-11:30am @ Lawrence Family JCC
OR
7:00pm-8:30pm @ Congregation Beth Israel:

You don’t have to be Jewish to LOVE Melton. Attend a FREE Taste of Melton and find out what’s behind the buzz. Melton Learning is a fun and open way to learn the basics (and beyond) of Judaism in a pluralistic environment designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and background. Melton classes begin September 14, 2017 at 9:30am or 7:00pm. This sample lecture which will be taught by Rabbi Ralph Dalin is a perfect way to sample the quality and camaraderie of Melton.

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The Star and the Crescent

Tuesdays at 10:00-11:30am or 7:00-8:30pm
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 31; Nov. 7, 14; Dec. 5, 12


Explore the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

Lecturer: Noah Hadas

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive
Price: $190; JCC Member Price: $160 (Materials Included)
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Foundations of Jewish Family

Sundays at 9:00-10:15am
Oct. 15; Nov. 12; Dec. 3; Jan. 21, 28; Mar. 11; Apr. 22


This eight-session course offers parents a thought-provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism. This class will give you the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home.

Lecturer: Jennifer Meltzer

Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Free Childcare Available
Price: $90; JCC Member Price: $70 (Materials Included)
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Israel in the Eye of the Storm

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM


“Goyim kill Goyim and the Jews are blamed,” Menachem Begin once remarked, coining an old Jewish lament. But in recent years the Middle East has been wracked by storms that have not affected Israel, including sporadic acts of terrorism, and internal struggles throughout the region. Can Israel remain in the eye of the storm? How will it face renewed threats from its adversaries ranging from Iran to ISIS and al Qaeda?

Lecturer: Professor Sandy Lakoff

Oct. 16: Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Oct. 18: Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
Price: Free
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Melton School-Jewish Learning

Thursdays at 9:30-11:45 AM or 7:00-9:15 PM
Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec 7, 14, 21; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 22; March 8, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17


Each fall, the Adult Jewish Education department opens its doors to a new class of Melton students who embark on a journey that strengthens their relationship to Judaism and deepens their understanding of how Judaism continues to provide intelligent, relevant and thoughtful answers to issues of life and death, society and our global village, ethics and morality, historical events and future challenges.

The two-year non-denominational curriculum, developed by educators at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is designed to speak to the intellectually curious and contemporary adult Jewish learner. Ancient as well as recent texts on a variety of subjects form the basis of the teachers' presentations and the classes' conversations. There are no prerequisites, tests or homework. The school is open to any member of the community.

If you want to incorporate new friendships and Jewish learning into your life, then this is the place for you!

Lecturer: Rabbi Ralph Dalin, Professor Joellyn Zollman

AM - Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive
PM - Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
Price $670; JCC Member Price $600 (Materials Included)
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Celebrate San Diego!

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Wendesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM


How have Jews shaped San Diego and how has San Diego shaped the Jewish American experience? This lecture uses the San Diego History Center’s current exhibition as a springboard to address these questions, using art, artifacts, documents and video, to present a historical narrative of San Diego Jewish life that considers the interplay between region and identity.

Lecturer: Dr. Joellyn Zollman

Nov. 13: Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Nov. 15: Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
Price: Free
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Exhibit Tour: Celebrate SD!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Join the CJC for an exclusive curator-led tour of the San Diego History Center’s exhibit “Celebrate San Diego! The History and Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community.” Walk through the art, artifacts, documents and videos with Dr. Joellyn Zollman to explore the vibrant Jewish history in San Diego.

Lecturer: Dr. Joellyn Zollman

San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego
Price: $25; JCC Member Price: $20 (Transportation Not Included)
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Boys & Girls from Brooklyn

Fridays at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
December 1, 8, 15


This new series, “Boys and Girls from Brooklyn,” examines the lives and music of four great musicians who were born in the borough: George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Beverly Sills, and Barbra Streisand. We’ll compare and contrast not only the musical worlds they came from, but also their personal struggles and achievements.

Lecturer: Allan Endy

Astor Judaica Library
Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $28
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

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Mystery of the Golden Calf

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM


One of the most well-known but surprising stories in the Hebrew Bible is the story of the Golden Calf at Mount Sinai. We will study the story in its context and discuss its problems, solutions, and purpose.

Lecturer: Noah Hadas

Dec. 4: Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Dec. 6: Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series
Price: Free
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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