Jewish Center fills new year with special classes

CARMEL VALLEY — Congregation Beth Am’s Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, sponsored by the Mizel Family Foundation, has several new classes starting in January at the center, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road.
Fine Wine and Refined Rabbis will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. from Jan. 6 to Jan. 27. Rabbi Matthew Earne, along with one of Beth Am’s sommeliers, Brian London, combine wine-tasting and meaningful Jewish learning. A kosher wine will be introduced in each session and a commentary written by a Rabbi who shares the same name of the wine will be studied. This class is $15 per session and each session can be attended on its own.
The Jews of Mexico series will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. from Jan. 4 to Jan. 25. Elisheva Edelson will share who are the Jews from Mexico, since when have the Jews lived in Mexico and how are Mexican Jews different from American Jews. The cost is $40 or $35 for CBA members.
Iyun Tefilah: Finding Meaning in Prayer will be held Sundays at 8:30 a.m. from Jan. 9 to Jan. 30. Tradition tells those of the Jewish faith that one of the acts for which there is no limit of reward is the study of prayer. This class will study prayers in English, but with an eye to the deeper values embedded in them and answering the questions of why we pray. There is no charge for Beth Am members, but $30 for nonmembers.
Congregation Beth Am also offers Basic Judaism, Beit Midrash Program, Conversational Hebrew, Basic Hebrew, Book Club and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Earne as ongoing classes.
For more information about these classes and the entire schedule of classes, visit or call Bonnie at (858) 481-8454 or


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