About Us

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning™ engages adult learners in a life-enhancing study of Jewish texts and ideas that nurtures and deepens Jewish community worldwide. Through classes (both in-person and online) and travel seminars, Melton learners find Jewish texts and ideas accessible and relevant to their lives. They become part of a worldwide movement of committed learners who are empowered to enrich Jewish life.

Melton is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world, with 50 Melton communities throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. More than 50,000 learners have experienced Melton’s professionally developed curriculum and lively interactive classes.

Inventor and activist Florence Zacks Melton z”l (1911-2007) envisioned and endowed The Florence Melton Institute in 1986 as a project of the Melton Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She sought to bring to life a comprehensive and sophisticated program of Jewish learning for adults. To this day, Melton attributes its values of accessibility, open-mindedness, integrity, community, and innovation to her enduring vision.

Melton’s main offices are in Jerusalem and New York City.


2022-23 Annual Report

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2021-22 Annual Report

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2020-21 Impact Report

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  • Our Vision:
    A worldwide movement of committed learners who are empowered to enrich Jewish life.
  • Mission:
    Melton engages learners in the life-enhancing study of Jewish texts and ideas. Our accessible approach promotes open dialogue and nurtures a deepening of Jewish community.

Melton Offers

  • Engaging Curriculum. Written by talented, insightful scholars and reviewed by experts at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, our extensive and always growing selection of courses engages learners with a variety of interests.
  • Network of Learners. Melton learning is powered by an international network of communities. We augment local offerings with online learning and travel opportunities that unite our global community of adult Jewish learners.
  • Commitment to Learning. Melton learners participate in multi-session courses that make Jewish texts and ideas accessible and inspirational. Many of our learners decide to make Jewish learning a way of life.
  • Quality Teaching and Study. To preserve the high standards which are the hallmark of the Melton School, local faculty members — educators within their communities — participate in ongoing professional enrichment. Melton learning is text-based and is designed to be studied within an environment of openness, where questioning and dialogue are encouraged.