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New and ongoing classes offered at Beth Am

CARMEL VALLEY — Congregation Beth Am’s Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, sponsored by the Mizel Family Foundation, has several new classes starting in February.
To Cry Laughing: Jewish Comedy will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 16 to March 16. In this multimedia class, Rabbi David Kornberg will lead the group through the many avenues of Jewish comedy. He will use stories, video clips and listen to well-known comics to see how the Jewish experience is expressed in this genre. The cost is $35 per person.
Fine Wine and Refined Rabbis will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. from Feb. 3 to Feb. 24. Rabbi Matthew Earne, along with one of Beth Am’s premier sommeliers, Steve Hochberg, will host the class that combines wine tasting and meaningful Jewish learning. A kosher wine will be introduced in each session with a commentary written by a Rabbi. This class is $15 per session and each session can be attended separately.
Basic Judaism, Beit Midrash Program, Intermediate Conversation Hebrew, Book Club and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Earne are ongoing classes.
For more information about the entire schedule of classes, visit and click on education, or call Bonnie at (858) 481-8454 or e-mail to