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Jewish Learning Center

An exceptional Judaic education for grades K-6 delivered in a creative and enjoyable manner by a caring and knowledgeable faculty.

Why is education so important to the Jewish people?

The V’Ahavta says “teach them [the mitzvot, commandments] to your children”. The Passover Haggadah reminds us in many ways how important it is to reach every learner with our Story.  Transmitting Judaism is not just about keeping Judaism alive.  It is much deeper and even more significant and human.  It is about living a good, meaningful life.

At the Jewish Learning Center ("JLC"), we educate and inspire individuals who will be committed, proud, practicing members of the Jewish community, because Judaism enriches our lives.  Studying Torah and celebrating Jewish time addresses basic questions that recur throughout our lifetimes.  Appropriately addressing each of these issues from a Jewish perspective at each developmental stage fosters both a strong personal Jewish identity and a sense of connection and shared destiny with the Jewish people worldwide.  Questions and concerns that repeat throughout our lives are the following:

  • Who am I?
  • Where do I belong?
  • What is the meaning of life?

Through Jewish education, we can expand these questions to the following:

  • Who am I?  To what group do I belong?  What binds us together?
  • What does being a Jew mean?  What skills do I need?  What is required of me?
  • Who/What is G-d?  What is my personal relationship with G-d (and what do I personally believe about G-d)?
  • What is the role/meaning of good and evil, life and death?  What can I do to foster life and bring about good?
  • Where can I get guidance in my life?  On what ideology can I base my decisions?

It is clear that many of these questions have no definitive answers.  However, it is certain that grappling with these issues and feeling competent at Jewish ritual at each life stage is crucial.  In this way, we hope to prepare children and families to practice Judaism out of respect and love for Jewish tradition and community as well as out of understanding of our history, practices, and ideals.

Congregation Beth Am's Jewish Learning Center ("JLC")

The JLC is a warm, welcoming environment for students.  Our goal is to create positive memories, thereby instilling a love of Judaism and personal connections with friends and community, through Jewish values, experiences, and traditions, in turn enabling our students to keep Judaism relevant in a modern world.

We develop a foundation which includes knowledge of prayer and ritual Hebrew, Jewish customs, Jewish history and culture, and Jewish values.  As our students grow older, they will draw on this education to make their ethical decisions.  From Torah to Talmud and Holidays to Halakha, the Judaic curriculum of the JLC teaches our students about the history, customs and traditions of the Jewish people in an enjoyable and experiential manner enhanced by games, music, drama and stories.

Our Hebrew curriculum focuses on each student’s ability to read, write and pray in Hebrew. To gain a deeper understanding and a personal connection to the prayers, as well as to participate in the community during prayer times, each class participates in a Shabbat Tefillah (service) and a Family Education Program once a year.  The JLC “takes it to the next level” with additional school-wide programming on holidays.

The JLC at Congregation Beth Am is one of only four schools in California and the only one in San Diego to be accredited as a “Framework for Excellence School” by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. This national certification recognizes that the JLC has met rigorous standards in professional development, curriculum development, and family education.

The Jewish Learning Center offers the following sessions for children by grade level:

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade students attend classes on Sunday mornings only from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 2nd through 6th Grade students attend classes on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

The JLC is located in the Carmel Valley area at 5050 Del Mar Heights Road.

Please contact Rabbi Earne at or call (858) 481-2869 for more information about the JLC. See the event calendar.


•     JLC Re-Enrollment Form 2019-2020

•     JLC Enrollment Form 2019-2020

•     JLC Supplementary Programs (coming soon)

•     JLC Hebrew Enrichment Form 2019-2020 (coming soon)

•     iJLC Accountability Agreement Form 2019-2020 (coming soon)

•     JLC Calendar of Classes and Events 2019-2020 (coming soon)