Melton 2017-2018 Dates

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

AM - Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive 

PM - Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive 

Price $670; JCC Member Price $600 (Materials Included)


What is Melton?  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.


 


A MELTON TESTIMONIAL

"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."


Sample Course Outlines

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

COURSE PAIR 1 [2018-19] 

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 Ashkenazic Jewry
• Evolution from sacrifice to prayer and ritual



Melton School of Adult 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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