Melton 2018-2019 Dates

Thursdays at 10:00AM-12:15PM

September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29; December 6, 13, 2018; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11; May 2, 9, 16, 2019

Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive 

Price: $500; JCC Member Price: $400* 
Student Textbooks: $60 
*JCC Member Discount Code: Contact or (858) 362-1327 

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 in the morning.



"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 [2019-20]

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