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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.

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



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"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.


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

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


FREE Taste of Melton

Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:00am-11:30am @ Lawrence Family JCC
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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