Jewish Education Upcoming Events

Partners in Torah San Diego

Tuesday, May 29; Monday, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Partners in Torah San Diego is a community-wide, indepedent and inclusive adult education program focusing on understanding Jewish relevancy to our lives by studying texts of interest to each participant. Through one-on-one or small group discussion for one hour each week, friendships are forged between mentors and mentees.

Free. This event includes a nosh.


Summer Culinary Institute: San Diego Summer Cooking

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 9:30am & 6:00pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Israeli Couscous with 18-year Aged Balsamic Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Salad, Espresso Infused Seared Ahi, Almond Cake. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC

During the Circle, you will learn how to make a holiday-themed challah, knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, you can join in a text-based conversation or shmooze with your friends. You’ll leave with your ready-to-bake challah which will bring sweet and aromatic smells to your kitchen on Friday, in time for Shabbat.

Space is limited. Following your registration, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

Price: $10, Men, women, and children over 12 are welcome

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Sephardic Philosophy and Its Impact on Today’s Jewish Thought

Thursday, June 21, 28; July 5, 2018 at 7pm (3 Sessions)
Youth J-Team Room
Lawrence Family JCC

In this 3 session course, Rabbi Palti will delve deeply into the general ability of Sephardic thought to mediate between apparently conflicting ideas such as science and religion, materialism and spirituality, and the challenge of having a strong Jewish identity and functioning as an integral part of the world.

Instructor: Rabbi Nisso Palti

Price: $55; JCC Member Price: $45
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Who Wrote the Bible?

Tuesday, July 10 and 17, 2018 at 10:30AM (2 Sessions)
Winn Room, Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Why do there appear to be two creation stories in Genesis? Why did Abraham ask Sarah to pretend to be his sister two different times? How many animals of each species did Noah bring onto the ark? These questions will lead us to consider the Documentary Hypothesis, the scholarly assertion that the Torah is a compilation of separate sources. In this class, we will begin to untangle these sources and shed light on some of the Torah's most puzzling stories.

Instructor: Noah Hadas

Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $30
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Religious Views for Secular Jews

Wednesday, July 11 and 18, 2018 at 7pm (2 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

An exploration of Jewish beliefs and traditions by thinking about our questions and seeking connections between Judaism and our personal values.

Instructor: Rabbi Ron Shulman

Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $30
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Summer Culinary Institute: Moroccan Summer Cooking

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:30am & 6pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

Preserved Lemon and Tomato Bruschetta (including how to preserve lemons), Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tumeric and Tahini, Baked Salmon with Borage Raita, Halva Stuffed Dates. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:30am Add to Cart

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 6pm Add to Cart


Challah Circle: A monthly get together to prepare challah at the JCC

Thursday, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 25 2018 at 7pm
Lawrence Family JCC


During the Circle, you will learn how to make a holiday-themed challah, knead the dough, let it rise and shape it. While the dough is rising, you can join in a text-based conversation or shmooze with your friends. You’ll leave with your ready-to-bake challah which will bring sweet and aromatic smells to your kitchen on Friday, in time for Shabbat.

Space is limited. Following your registration, you’ll receive a list of basic supplies to bring to prepare your challah. All ingredients will be provided.

Price Per Session: $10, Men, women, and children over 12 are welcome

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Refreshing Summer Art: Bottle Decanter

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Every bottle is itself a piece of art. Transform these beautiful into vessels that look like jewelry for your home or centerpieces for a special occasion. Beads and baubles, jewels and glitter, papers and fabric, ribbons and trim are all available for you to create your one-of-a-kind bottle decanter.

Instructor: Marlene Recht and Sheryl Snyder of The Art Safari

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $55
Price for both sessions: $120; JCC Member Price for both sessions: $100
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2018 at 7pm (5 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration - as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. This course engages participants in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation and moral red lines. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Phil Graubart to teach this complex curriculum. Rabbi Graubart is the former Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El. He currently serves as SDJA's first ever Chief Jewish Officer. Rabbi Graubart is an esteemed teacher and leader in San Diego.

Instructor: Rabbi Phil Graubart

Price: $150; JCC Member Price: $125
Box Office (858) 362-1348

A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
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Summer Culinary Institute: Summer Citrus, Light and Fresh

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:30am & 6pm
The Spice Way
260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Citrus Salad with Toasted Nuts, Oven Baked Cod with Lemon, Black Olives and Potatoes, Lavender Lemon Cookies. Minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 people per class.

Instructor: Debbie Kornberg, Owner of The Spice Way

$60 per class, includes meal
$110 total if you register for 2 dates
$165 total if you register for all 3 dates
Box Office (858) 362-1348

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:30am Add to Cart

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 6pm Add to Cart


Refreshing Summer Art: Mosaic Shabbat Candle Tray

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:30pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn this ancient art form what dates back to early civilization. Students will be introduced to a variety of mosaic techniques utilizing traditional and upcycled materials including glass, ceramic tiles, vintage and contemporary dishes. You’ll create your own unique tray and leave with instructions for grouting, and confidence to create other mosaics at home.

Instructor: Marlene Recht and Sheryl Snyder of The Art Safari

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $55
Price for both sessions: $120; JCC Member Price for both sessions: $100
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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A Taste of Melton: Environmental Ethics

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10am
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Is recycling a Jewish value? How would Jewish scholars weigh in on climate change, carbon footprints or littering? Join Rabbi Ralph Dalin for a FREE, no obligation "Taste of Melton" class to sample the quality and camaraderie of the worldwide Adult Jewish Education phenomenon. As a Melton student, you'll deepen your connection and understanding of Judaism using a variety of texts and sources in an open and engaging style, designed for adults of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge. See what the buzz is about!

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: Free
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Mussar, Elul and the High Holy Days

Tuesday, August 14, 21, 28; September 4, 2018 at 7pm (4 Sessions)
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Mussar is a 1,000 year-old tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to guide individuals towards developing character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. The month of Elul which leads up to the High Holy Days provides a unique opportunity to focus on the habits and attitudes that we are encouraged to pay attention to at this time of year. In this Mussar class, we will look specifically at these traits: Truthfulness (Right Speech), Gratitude, and Awe/Wonder.

Instructor: Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $72; JCC Member Price: $60
Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living

Thursday, September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29; December 6, 13, 2018; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11; May 2, 9, 16, 2019 from 10:00 am-12:15 pm
Music Room
Lawrence Family JCC

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!

Instructors: Rabbi Ralph Dalin, Professor Joellyn Zollman, Noah Hadas, Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Price: $500; JCC Member Price: $400*
Student Textbooks: $60
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Beresheet I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations

Thursday, October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2018 at 7:00PM (10 Sessions)
Senior Activity Room
Lawrence Family JCC

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

Instructor: Rabbi Ralph Dalin

Price: $250; JCC Member Price: $200*
Student Textbooks: $45
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact lenoreb@lfjcc.org or (858) 362-1327

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Beresheet I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations