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

... Embark on a fascinating 27-week journey as you explore classic Jewish sources, investigate issues of Jewish thought, practice and ethics, and advance your knowledge of Jewish history. 
Melton is: stimulating, informative, inspiring.
Melton has: no tests, no homework, no grades.


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 begin the middle of October, 2015, 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.




"Purposes #24 – Mitzvot: Meaning and Purposes"

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

Join us for a FREE Taste of Shabbat

Sunday, October 18, 2015
9:30 am at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, CA 92007

Shabbat San Diego Pre-event…

What values does a Shabbat experience bring to your family? 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. Join us at Temple Solel for an interactive free session based on the Foundations of Jewish Family Living curriculum—a new learning opportunity. This program is In collaboration with Temple Solel.

Led by: Jennifer Meltzer

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 Masters in Social Work and Masters in Jewish Communal Service from USC and Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Married to Rabbi Scott Meltzer of Ohr Shalom Synagogue, she is also the proud mother of four wonderful children.

RSVP to the Free Taste of Shabbat

For more information call Ilene Tatro at 858-362-1154.


"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 [2015-16]

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

General Information, 2015-2016


9:30-11:45 A.M. at Lawrence Family JCC, UTC

7:00-9:15 P.M. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue & Temple Emanu-El 

7:00-9:15 P.M. at Lawrence Family JCC, UTC

2015 - 2016 Class Dates
9:30am-11:45am AND 7:00pm-9:15pm at JCC AND 7:00pm in East County
Oct 15, 22, 29 Nov 5, 19 Dec 3, 10, 17 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21
May 5, 12, 19
May 26, 2016 - Melton Siyyum Graduation

$580/person PLUS $55/person registration and materials fee.
$480/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: 858.362.1154
BY MAIL: Download the Melton Brochure Here

For more information, contact: 858.362.1327


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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

EIGHT SESSIONS: February 7, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20; April 17; May 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Breakfast Nosh & Schmoozing : 9:00-9:15 a.m.

Class: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

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

Price Per Person: $90 | JCC or Temple Solel Member: $70 • Materials Included

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

Ilene Tatro (858) 362-1154 •

FIRST SESSION FREE: Sunday, February 7, 2016

Childcare Available