FREE Tastes of Melton

Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 pm
Tifereth Israel Synagogue

6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92119

RSVP FOR TIFERETH or 858.362.1154

Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El

6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120

RSVP FOR EMANU-EL or 858.362.1154

Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm
Congregation B'nai Tikvah

2510 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009

RSVP FOR B'NAI TIKVAH or 858.362.1154

*Can't make these Tastes of Melton? Attend a 2-session "Melton Sampler". Click here for more info.
New 27-week classes begin this fall, but you can attend this free sample class now!
Future Tastes of Melton will be scheduled at various sites around San Diego County.
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Are you a wondering Jew? If so, then Melton classes are for you! Attend a free Taste of Melton and find out what’s behind the buzz. The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is an exciting approach to Jewish learning. New 27-week classes begin this fall, but you can attend this free sample class now.

Essence of the Jewish Commandments: A Taste of Melton
Judaism offers us many different directives as to how to live our lives and how to better the world we live in. Our sages have tried to categorize and understand the relative importance of these directives—commandments—from many different perspectives. This lesson will examine various Jewish texts that will open up our discussion into the essence of the commandments. It will also serve to demonstrate that the Melton School is a fun and open way to learn the basics (and beyond) of Judaism.

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.

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.

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.



"Purposes #24 – Mitzvot: Meaning and Purposes"


"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 [2014-15]

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 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, 2014-2015

1:30-3:45 P.M. at Seacrest Village, Encinitas
7:00-9:15 P.M. at Congregation B’Nai Tikvah, Carlsbad
7:00-9:15 P.M. at Lawrence Family JCC, UTC

9:30-11:45 A.M. at Lawrence Family JCC, UTC
7:00-9:15 P.M. at Congregation Beth Am, Carmel Valley
7:00-9:15 P.M. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue & Temple Emanu-El

$550/person PLUS $55/person registration and materials fee.
$450/JCC Member PLUS $55/person registration and materials fee.
Scholarships are available. Couples and groups registering together receive a discount.

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