Join the great Jewish conversation and 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.


"Purposes #24 – Mitzvot: Meaning and Purposes"

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

"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."

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.

Melton's sophisticated, sequential curriculum was written by a team of scholars and educators at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It introduces the student to the classical heritage of the Jewish people and demonstrates its development into contemporary forms of Judaism while maintaining a pluralistic balance.

This is your opportunity to explore classic Jewish sources, investigate issues of Jewish thought, practice and ethics, and advance your knowledge of Jewish history.

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

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


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 Dramas 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, 2013-2014

Wednesdays [classes begin October 2]
1:30-3:45 pm, Seacrest Village, Encinitas
7:00-9:15 pm, Temple Solel, Cardiff by the Sea

Thursdays [classes begin October 3]
9:30-11:45 am, Lawrence Family JCC
7:00-9:15 pm, Lawrence Family JCC

$550/person for the program PLUS $50/person registration and materials fee. Scholarships are available. Couples and groups registering together receive a discount. JCC members receive a substantial discount.

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For more information, call or email Noah Hadas at (858) 362-1327 or