Can a 4,000 year-old text speak to a 21st century world?

Embark on a fascinating journey as you explore classic Jewish sources, investigate issues of Jewish thought, values and ethics, and advance your knowledge of Jewish history and holidays.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is an innovative concept for Jewish learners from all backgrounds, aimed at enabling Jewish adults to learn seriously about our heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study.

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is proud to sponsor the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in San Diego County. We invite you to join the nearly 20,000 adults in more than 60 Mini-Schools throughout the Jewish world, whose lives have been changed by this internationally acclaimed school of study.

Melton is an international franchise network of more than 60 schools for adults in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia and a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Classes run weekly on Thursdays both in the morning and in the evening at various locations.

Melton is endorsed by San Diego Rabbinical Association and supported by the Jewish Federation of San Diego and Jewish Community Foundation.

Melton is: stimulating, informative, inspiring.
Melton has: no tests, no homework, no grades.
Joellyn Zollman

2016 - 2017 Melton Dates

Sept 22, 29
Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov 10, 17
Dec 1, 8, 15
Jan 12, 19, 26
Feb 2, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23
April 6, 20, 27
May 4, 11

Locations and Times

9:30 am - 11:45 am

Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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

We regrettably will not have a class this year in East County but we are partnering with Temple Emanuel and Tifereth Israel Synagogue . For more information contact Ilana De Laney at


End of Year Celebration & Graduation: May 18, 2017

$605/person PLUS $55/person registration and materials fee.
$485/JCC Member (or member of host synagogue) PLUS $55/person registration and materials fee.
Scholarships are available. Couples and groups registering together receive a discount.

BY PHONE: 858.362.1134
BY MAIL: Download the Melton Brochure Here


"Purposes #24 – Mitzvot: Meaning and Purposes"

Dr. Ilana De Laney shares an excerpt of a lecture on miracles


"Melton strengthened and gave definition to my Jewish identity. I obtained personal insights as to what Judaism is and is not about. Melton has given us a way to renew our Judaism and share countless discussions together that have helped us grow as individuals and as a couple."

Course Outlines

Course pairs are independent of one another and may be taken in either order.

COURSE PAIR 1 [2016-17]

The Purposes of Jewish Living
Explore the meaning and purpose of life from a
Jewish perspective.
• The Chosen People - Why Us?
• What Happens After We Die?
• Why Do People Suffer?

The Rhythms of Jewish Living
Students study the central ideas, beliefs and
practices that define Jewish life.
• The Jewish Calendar and its Meaning
• Significance of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
• Conversion

COURSE PAIR 2 [2017-18]

The Ethics of Jewish Living
Examine ethical foundations regarding justice, life and death, sexuality, and community.
• The Worth of Human Life
• Kosher Money
• Euthanasia

The Crossroads of Jewish Living
Examine dramatic developments, experiences, and issues from Jewish history.
• Development of Judaism in Diaspora
• Formation of Askenazic Jewry
• Evolution from sacrifice to prayer and ritual

Israel Seminars (optional)

Explore and study Israel with Melton! The narrative of the land of Israel enriches all that the Mini-School curriculum addresses. Seminars are available in winter, spring, and summer.

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Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides you:
• A thought-provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism
• The learning, language and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children and support Jewish learning at home
• Meaningful connections to PJ Library books and the Shalom Sesame video series
Led by: Jennifer Meltzer

"We loved taking this course, as it helped strengthen our foundation as a couple, and then put into action to strengthen our family’s Jewish identity. It helped us to reflect on ourselves as people and think about how we can be better Jewish role models to our children. A wonderful experience!"
— Hannah Martin, Foundations Student, Atlanta

Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Avenue • Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Special Offer: 1/2 OFF 2nd family member (spouse/partner/grandparent/etc)
Scholarships Available

Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134 •


Childcare Available


Taste of Melton

JCC: June 29
August 24

Congregation Beth Israel: June 29
August 24

From Judeans to Jews
This sample "Taste of Melton" lecture will focus on the evolution of the people of the province of Judea from Judeans-- an ethno-geographic community, to Jews-- a religious community, who established a Jewish Kingdom for about 100 years before becoming a vassal of Rome. Melton 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.

JCC, June 29 AM Price: $10;  JCC Member Price: $5 Add to Cart

CBI, June 29 PM Price: $10;  JCC Member Price: $5 Add to Cart

JCC, August 24 AM Price: $10;  JCC Member Price: $5 Add to Cart

CBI, August 24 PM Price: $10;  JCC Member Price: $5 Add to Cart