Melton Communities

Local communities are the heart of Melton learning. Our partners at synagogues and community organizations around the world offer classes for local learners and sometimes online classes open to the public. Select a location to see current course offerings, faculty, and registration links for your community.

Melton Communities in the USA

California: Conejo - West Valley / Temple Etz Chaim
REGISTRATION
Members of the Tribe
Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Pacific
Begins: November 3, 2020
Location: via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Schaffer

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Meets: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pacific
Begins: November 3, 2020
Location: via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Schaffer
The Story of the First Jewish Family (Genesis / Bereshit Part II)
Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Pacific
Begins: January 12, 2021
Location: via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Dalia Samansky
Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot Part II)
Meets: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Pacific
Begins: January 14, 2021
Location: via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Lisa Bock

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Director

Rooks PamelaPamela Rooks received her M.Ed. from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles in 1989. She has since held positions as Day School Principal, Religious School Principal, Family Educator and Teacher in Reform, Conservative and Orthodox schools and at Jewish camps. Over the years, always seeking to ignite Jewish sparks, Pamela has created curriculum and mentored teachers, implementing dynamic programs in multiple settings. Pamela enjoys the transformative impact the Melton School offers to “Wondering” Jews worldwide with its pluralistic, interactive approach to text study and commentary. Pamela welcomes you to come and Experience Melton!

Sponsoring Agency

Temple Etz Chaim Thousand Oaks logoTemple Etz Chaim
1080 E Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
templeetzchaim.org

Contact Details

+1-805-497-6891
  Pamela Rooks (Director)
  
www.meltonwestvalley.org
@MeltonWestValley

California: Los Angeles / Stephen Wise Temple
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Bereshit (Genesis) Part II - The Story of the First Jewish Family
This course follows the development of the first Jewish family from the birth of two nations through wrongdoings and reunions, to the renowned blessing of the grandchildren. Stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with angels, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation, provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.

Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific via Zoom
Runs: January 5 - March 9, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Janet Madden
Devarim (Deuteronomy) - The Long Goodbye
In our study of Devarim, the fifth book of Torah, we join Moses in his final address to the nation. Standing on the edge of Canaan, we are poignantly reminded it is a land he will never enter. It is here that Moses reflects on his journey through the wilderness, encouraging the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him.

Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific via Zoom
Runs: January 5 - March 9, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon

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Meets: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pacific via Zoom
Runs: January 12 - March 16, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon

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Meets: Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific via Zoom
Runs: January 14 - March 18, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Mr. Neal Schnall
Shemot (Exodus) Part II - Revelation and Revolution
This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation are sharply contrasted with the low points of the Golden Calf incident and overarching sense of despair. The text addresses many of the laws and regulations that would later bring great meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives.

Meets: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific via Zoom
Runs: January 13 - March 17, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Mr. Benzy Kogen

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Director: Rabbi Karen Strok

Rabbi Karen StrokKaren Strok has been the founding director of the award-winning Stephen Wise Temple Melton School since 2010. This role allows Karen to combine her gift for helping create and foster caring communities with her passion for adult Jewish education. Always seeking opportunities for personal learning and growth, Karen found spiritual fulfillment through Mussar study and practice. Many members of the Wise Melton School have joined Karen on this journey as she facilitates Mussar learning-communities in her home through the Wise Center for Jewish Life. For the past 20 years, Karen has shown gratitude for her education at the Hebrew Union College by staying connected to both the rabbinic and education programs – working with the alumni and professional associations, teaching, and mentoring the next generation of Jewish professionals. She is a proud banana slug, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Religious Studies from UCSC. But Karen’s greatest joy is sharing life with her partner Joshua for the past 25 years and helping prepare Micah (19) and Avi (17) to successfully launch (baruch hashem) into the next phase of their lives as young adults.

Assistant Director: Karen Goldenstein, Melton Project Manager

I was born in Mexico City where I lived until 1995. I received a BA in Business Administration from Universidad Anahuac and I received my MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1997. For most of my life in Los Angeles, I have been a full time mom to my four kids. I have been an active participant and serious volunteer at our kids' schools (Milken Community Middle School and High School, WISE School and VBS elementary school). In addition, I have volunteered in a leadership position at Children’s Hospital L.A. for the Holidays from the Heart program. I graduated from the West Valley Melton School 8 years ago and I am honored to be working with Rabbi Karen Strok for our WISE Melton School.

Sponsoring Agency

Los Angeles Stephen Wise Temple logoStephen Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077
  wise.shulcloud.com
  @WiseLA

Advisory Board

TBA

Contact Details

  +1-310-889-2291
  Karen Strok (Melton Director)
  Karen Goldenstein (Melton Program Manager)

California: Los Angeles / Temple Israel of Hollywood
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OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Sundays, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Calvin Dox-DaCosta

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Director

Rabbi Michelle MissaghiehRabbi Michelle Missaghieh has served as Temple Israel's Associate Rabbi since her ordination from HUC-JIR in 1996. Rabbi Missaghieh also holds a BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan (1989) and a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR, LA (1994). She enjoys teaching people of all ages and empowering them to participate in Jewish living. She takes special interest in working with individuals for conversion, creating environments where TIOH members gather for intergenerational neighborhood Shabbat dinners, and others where members connect to discuss issues of ageing, parenting or preparing for end of life issues. She has introduced many innovative programs to TIOH like Sukkot in the City, Neighborhood Shabbat, Tashlich on the beach, the standing-room-only participatory High Holiday minyan services, and she has trained over 30 men and women to be on TIOH’s Chevrah Kadisha (a group who prepares deceased bodies for burial). In the greater community, Rabbi Missaghieh serves on the board of LA Family Housing, the Executive Board of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din &as well as the S’gan Em Bet Din (the only pluralistic Bet Din in the United States) and the Southern California Muslim Jewish Forum. She is also on the Rabbinic Advisory Board of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a member of the ARZA Rabbinic Counsel. She and her husband, Bruce Ellman, a psychologist in private practice, are the parents of three children Jael, Sivan and Ezri.

Assistant Director

Rachel Feldman, Worship Assistant

Advisory Board

Jonny Mars, Stephanie Berenbaum, Lisa Hofheimer, Mendes Napoli, Sophie Sartain, Heidi Segal, David Weissman, Eric Taslitzm David Sadkinm Danny Corwin, Dorrie LaMarr, Stephanie Bressler, Charlotte Spiegelman, Jill Cohen Saltman, Lauren Eber Spottl, Joshua Feldman, Jill Gilbert, Jamie Rubin, Roger Kumble, Allan Marks, Renee Mochkatel, Jonathan Shikora, David Baron, Mitchell Schwartz, Douglas Segal

Sponsoring Agency

Temple Israel of Hollywood logoTemple Israel of Hollywood
7300 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90046
tioh.org
@TempleIsraelofHollywood

Contact Details

323-876-8330, x1000 (Rachel Feldman)
323-876-8330, x1002 (Rabbi Missaghieh)
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh (Director)
Rachel Feldman (Worship Assistant)

California: Pasadena / Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
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OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this six-session course we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-questions" that confront us throughout our lives.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - February 11, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Benzy Kogen
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-session course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today.

Day: Thursdays, February 18 - April 1, 2021
(no class 2/25)
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Benzy Kogen
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd
Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness
Chosen by the rabbinic sages as the first book to initiate children to Bible learning, contemporary readers often perceived Vayikra as inaccessible. Yet, embedded in the laws that focus on the prescribed sacrificial practices, laws of ritual impurity and purity, and the pursuit of holiness are messages and values that have relevance to the universal condition. In our study of Vayikra, we will examine themes including the role of rituals, responding to tragedy, confronting birth and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, balancing the place of the individual and the community, bringing sanctity into one's daily life, and more. Through a textual study of selected passages, this course uncovers the depth and wisdom of the third book of the Torah and reveals its enduring messages that touch our lives to this very day.

Day: Tuesdays, March 23 - May 25, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Shana Chandler
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd

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Director

Judy CallahanJudy Callahan
Judy directed B’nai Simcha Preschool for 36 years before retiring in 2018. She has been associated with PJTC since 1976 and is a past president. She is a strong believer in adult learning and is excited to be bringing Melton Adult Learning to the synagogue

Assistant Director

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris Cantor Ruth Berman Harris
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Berman Harris received her cantorial education at the Rabbinical Seminary of Latin America. In 1987, she had the distinct honor of becoming the first woman cantor in Argentina, carving a new and exciting path through the Argentine Jewish Community. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Cantor Berman Harris led services at Lamroth Hakol and Temple Emanuel, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bet Daniel in Tel Aviv, Kehillat Yozma in Modiin and Kehillat Mevaseret Zion in the outskirts of Jerusalem. From 2001 to 2005 she served as the cantor of Congregation Sinai in Fox Point, Milwaukee, WI, followed by five years in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, she is the cantor of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center in Pasadena California. Cantor Ruth, as she likes to be called, is married to Laurence Harris and they have three kids. Ariel 21, Talia 19 and Adam 18.

Sponsoring Agency

Pasadena Jewish Temple and CenterPasadena Jewish Temple and Center
1434 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, California
Website
Facebook

Contact Details

626-798-1161
melton@pjtc.net

California: Sacramento / Congregation Beth Shalom
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Rhythms of Jewish Living
Day: Tuesdays beginning on September 14, 2020 - April 19, 2021 (no class: 9/28, 10/12, 11/9, 11/23, 12/28, 1/18, 2/15, 3/29)
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Evan B. Rubin
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day: Wednesdays beginning on December 16, 2020 (no class 11/25)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sheree Meyer
Shemot I: From Slavery to Sinai
Day: Sunday beginning on October 18, 2020 - December 20, 2020 (no class 11/8; instead there is class on Thursday 11/12 at 7:00 pm)
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ricki Lobel
Beyond Borders: Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Day: Tuesdays beginning on December 1, 2020 - May 11, 2021 (no class: 12/22, 12/29, 2/23)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Jonathan Lightman
Shemot II: From Revelation to Revolution
Day: Sundays beginning on January 3, 2021 - March 7, 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ricki Lobel
The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
Day: Wednesdays beginning on January 6, 2021 - May 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Baryohay Davidoff
BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended
Day: Sundays beginning on January 3, 2021 - March 7, 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ricki Lobel

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Director

Mehrnaz Halimi-WaksMehrnaz Halimi-Waks






Advisory Board

Karen Brandt, Sheilah Dabb, Bruce Deutsch, Morgan Deutsch, Deborah Frost, Sharon Futerman, Mehrnaz Halimi-Waks, Janis Lightman, Sara Metzger, Jerry Schwarz, Meryl Shader, Maksim Smelchak, Ann Soloway, DeAnna Stevens, Rabbi Reuven Taff

Sponsoring Agency

Sacramento Congregation Beth ShalomCongregation Beth Shalom
4746 El Camino Ave.
Carmichael, CA
cbshalom.org
facebook.com/Congregation-Beth-Shalom

Contact Details

+1-916-488-6397
Mehrnaz Halimi-Waks (Melton Director)
meltonsacramento.org
facebook.com/MeltonSacramento

California: San Diego / Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
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Purposes of Jewish Living & Rhythms of Jewish Living
Central ideas and texts which inform our daily, weekly and annual rituals as well as life cycle observances and essential Jewish theological concepts and ideas as they unfold in the Bible, the Talmud and other sacred texts.

Day: Thursdays, beginning October 15, 2020, for 25 weeks
Time: 9:30 - 11:45 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ralph Dalin and Dr. Joellyn Zollman

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years ago open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Tuesdays, January 12 - March 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Joellyn Zollman

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Director

Lauren Luedtke, Program Manager: JLearn/Jewish Living

Sponsoring Agency

Lawrence Family JCCLawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
lfjcc.org
@SDCJC

Contact Details

+1-858-362-1327
Lauren Luedtke
  www.lfjcc.org

California: Santa Barbara / Congregation B'nai Brith
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Ethics of Jewish Living & Crossroads of Jewish History
Ethical issues such as justice, life and death, sexuality and community, with case studies from Talmudic, rabbinic and contemporary literature, and dramatic developments, experiences and issues from different periods in Jewish history as reflected in historical texts.

Day: Thursdays, September 10, 2020 - May 20, 2021 
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Steve Cohen, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Dr. Adam benShea
Jewish Medical Ethics
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life - issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. A new ten-lesson Melton course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Day: Thursdays, October 22, 2020 - January 14, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm Pacific via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal

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Director

Judy KarinDr. Judy Karin earned her AB in Physics from Mount Holyoke College, and her PhD in ultrafast optoelectronics at UC Santa Barbara. Judy was the High Holy Day Cantor at Santa Barbara Hillel for 28 years and served on the Board of SB Hillel for ten of those years. A member of Congregation B’nai B’rith and founding member of the Isla Vista Minyan, she’s been involved in Jewish education for adults, teens and children for over 20 years as a teacher, Hebrew and b’nei mitzvah tutor, education director, and workshop facilitator, and is thrilled to bring the Melton School curriculum to engage the Jewish adults in Santa Barbara.

Advisory Board

Merith Cosden, David Gaynes, Alan Levy, Carol Spungen, Monica Steiner

Sponsoring Agency

Congregation B'nai B'rith Santa Barbara logoCongregation B'nai Brith
1000 San Antonio Creek Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
cbbsb.org
facebook.com/cbbsb

Contact Details

+1-805-729-4593
Judy Karin (Director)
cbbsb.org/learn/melton

California: Silicon Valley / Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
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2020-2021 course offerings coming soon.

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Director

Rabbi Hugh Seid-ValenciaRabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia is the Community Engagement Director of the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley. He previously served as Jewish Community Liaison for VITAS Healthcare and, prior to that, spent ten years teaching Jewish Studies at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, where he served most recently as Director of Israel and Jewish Studies Curricula. After studying at Deep Springs College, he earned a B.A. with Highest Honors in English Literature from UC Berkeley and received his rabbinical training from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has completed both the Rabbinic Leadership Training Program and the Tikkun Middot Training Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. He teaches and lectures on topics ranging from parenting, Jewish meditation, Jewish perspectives on the afterlife, ethical dilemmas in extending life, and reading and writing ethical wills.

Assistant Director

Maya JacobsonMaya Jacobson is the Community Engagement Programs Administrator of the Addison-Penzak JCC in Silicon Valley. Prior to this position, she was the Program and Engagement Coordinator at Hillel of Silicon Valley, where she worked to engage Jewish students of all backgrounds on five separate campuses. While working at Hillel, Maya was an Ezra Fellow, which focuses on pluralistic and experiential Jewish education to create better events that encourage learning in untraditional environments. Maya has a B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara, where she was also a member of and held an executive position in the Jewish sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. Currently, she is working on creating a Young Adult program at the JCC, specifically for those who currently feel disconnected from their Jewish identity.

Sponsoring Agency

Los Gatos - The Addison-Penzak JCC logoAddison-Penzak JCC
14855 Oka Road, Suite 201
Los Gatos, CA 95032
  Website
  Facebook

Contact Details

  +1-408-357-7413
  Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia (Director)
  Maya Jacobson (Assistant Director)
  Website

Florida: Boca Raton / B'nai Torah Congregation
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Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Mondays beginning on Jan. 11, 2021 - March 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
Devarim (Deuteronomy): The Long Goodbye
The fifth of the five books of Moses, the Book of Deuteronomy, is a book of prose and poetry, laws and ethics. In Deuteronomy, Moses reflects with hindsight on his journey with the Jewish people through the wilderness, while at the same time he encourages the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him. Significantly, while Deuteronomy contains the words of one man reflecting on the journey of one people, learners will quickly find out that the wisdom found in this final book of the Torah has spoken to many people, through their many different live journeys, throughout the ages.

Day: Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 12, 2021 - March 23, 2021
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi David Steinhardt
Members of the Tribe
In this 6-session quest, we will dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: "What is the overarching purpose of living Jewishly?" Together we'll examine aspects of what might be considered the Jewish mission, a blend of practices that distinguish us as Jews, and what to do with this idea of being called the "Chosen People." Prepare to explore how Big Jewish Ideas and lessons from our history serve to enrich our actions as individuals and as a people.

Day: Thursdays beginning on Jan. 14, 2021 - Feb. 18, 2021
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Mondays beginning on Nov. 30, 2020 - Jan. 25, 2021
(no class 12/21, 12/28, 1/18)
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi David Steinhardt

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Day: Thursdays beginning on Feb. 25, 2021 - April 15, 2021
(no class 3/25)
Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Marion Hirschmann
Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity
This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements and the Jewish people.

Day: Mondays beginning on Jan. 11, 2021 - March 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
This course explores the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadens our understanding and challenges our assumptions in our own era when tensions are high through the use of Muslim and Jewish texts and other primary sources.

Day: Mondays beginning on Jan. 11, 2021 - March 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-week course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today. Our time together is certain to bring sould to life's big moments.

Day: Mondays beginning on Feb. 1, 2021 - March 8, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
Loss, Love and Wisdom
There is no escaping it - at one time or another, death enters our lives. At these times we can seek Jewish wisdom to help us cope with heartbreak and loss. In this six-session course, we will study and discuss how Judaism helps us make sense of and deal with illness and death as we tackle some of life's biggest questions such as Why is there suffering in the world? And what does Judaism say about life after death? Together, we'll seek understanding of time-tested Jewish frameworks and rituals that serve to guide us when we need a path for grieving or a road to healing.

Day: Mondays, beginning on April 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal

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Director

Bredoff PeninaPenina Bredoff is the Site Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, which operates through The Cooperman Academy of Adult Jewish Learning at B’nai Torah Congregation. She is responsible for the incredible growth of what had been a struggling program. Now in its 6th year at B’nai Torah, Melton has grown exponentially each year, starting with 8 classes and now offering 16 classes. Her outstanding achievements were recognized at the 2016 International Directors Conference of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, with Melton’s Excellence in Recruitment award, and in 2018 she was presented the top and most prestigious 2018 Florence Melton Award.

Sponsoring Agency

Boca Bnai Torah CongregationB'nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Website
Facebook

Advisory Board

Elliot Burns, Bonnie Licker, Jo Robbins, Rose Weitz, Ethelind Wiener, Dorothy Wizer

Contact Details

+1-561-392-8566
melton@bnai-torah.org
Website
Facebook

Florida: Jacksonville / Jewish Community Alliance
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OMG: Can You Believe?!
In this exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God- questions” that confront us throughout our lives.

Meets: Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern
Runs: January 27-March 3, 2021
Location: via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Harvey Leven

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Director

Harvey LevenMr. Harvey Leven, R.J.E., holds a M.A. degree from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Judaic Studies. He also studied for two years in Jerusalem and one year at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Leven served as the Sr. Director of School Services for the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit for over 11 years. During that time, he also taught adult courses on Israeli history and society as well as Melton Rhythms & Crossroads classes. Before accepting his responsibilities in Detroit, Mr. Leven served as the Education Director of Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., for 23 years. He moved to Jacksonville in June 2019.

Sponsoring Agency

Jewish Community Alliance logoJewish Community Alliance
8505 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217
jcajax.org
@jcajax

Advisory Board

Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum and Mr. Justin Sakofs

Contact Details

+1-301-404-2082
Mishpacha5@aol.com

Florida: Miami / Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education
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Ethics of Jewish Living / Crossroads of Jewish History
Day and Time: Wednesday, 9:30-11:45 am
Start Date: October 14, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24; Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28 (Exceptions: Nov. 25; Dec. 23, 30)
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ed Farber / Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg
Crossroads of Jewish History
Day and Time: Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am
Start Date: October 18, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22; Dec. 6, 13; Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21; Apr. 11, 18, 25; May 2, 16
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Lenore Kipper
Shemot (Exodus) Part I - From Slavery to Sinai
Day and Time: Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 am
Start Date: October 14, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov, 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13 (Exceptions: Nov. 25; Dec. 23, 30)
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
Devarim (Deuteronomy) - The Long Goodbye
Day and Time: Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm
Start Date: October 14, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov, 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13 (Exceptions: Nov. 25; Dec. 23, 30)
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Sandra Lilienthal
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes
Day and Time: Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Start Date: October 15, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7 (Exceptions: Nov. 25; Dec. 24, 31)
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Prof. Jeffrey Weinstock
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day and Time: Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Start Date: October 14, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov, 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13 (Exceptions: Nov. 25; Dec. 23, 30)
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg

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Directors

Rabbi Laila Haas, Director of Adult Learning and Growth
Rabbi Laila HaasRabbi Haas was born and raised in Miami Beach and grew up as an active member of the Jewish community. She attended The University of Miami and received her Bachelor of Arts as a Judaic Studies major. She earned her Rabbinical Ordination and Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Masters of Education Administration from Xavier University. From 2011-2018, Rabbi Haas served as Associate Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama. In Spring 2019, she joined Miami's Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) as Director of Adult Learning and Growth. As a rabbi and educator, she finds joy as people experience awe when Torah awakens their spirit and ignites their quest to learn, study and engage more deeply with the richness of our tradition.

Carla Spector, Director of Administration
Carla SpectorCarla Spector is the Director of Administration for the Department of Adult Learning and Growth, serving in this position for Miami's Melton School since 2011. Her career in Jewish Education spans over 44 years, when Carla came to CAJE in 1976. She was the Director of Administration for the Judaica High School, working with teens for over 30 years. Carla staffed 7 March of the Living programs from 1994-2008 and served as Director for the MOTL in 2006.

Sponsoring Agency

Miami CAJECenter for the Advancement of Jewish Education
4200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
caje-miami.org
@cajemiami

Advisory Board

Becky Herrup, Board Chair

Contact Details

+1-305-576-4030 x128
adultlearning@caje-miami.org
caje-miami.org/adults
@florence.melton.7

Florida: Naples / Temple Shalom
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Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living
Day: Thursdays beginning on Dec. 3, 2020 - March 25, 2021
(no class 12/24, 12/31)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Miller and Rabbi Frank Muller
Location: Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL or via Zoom, tbd
Ethics of Jewish Living & Crossroads of Jewish History
Day: Tuesdays beginning on Dec. 3, 2020 - March 25, 2021
(no class 12/24, 12/31)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Miller and Rabbi Frank Muller
Location: Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL or via Zoom, tbd
The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
Day: Tuesdays beginning on Dec. 1, 2020 - March 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Miller
Location: Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL, or via Zoom, tbd

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Director

Rabbi Ariel BoxmanRabbi Ariel Boxman is the rabbi educator at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida where she directs and develops educational programs for the congregation. In addition to this, Boxman serves as one of the spiritual leaders of the congregation officiating at lifecycle events and leading Shabbat and Holiday worship services. Rabbi Boxman grew up in the Caribbean and is the daughter of Rabbi Bradd Boxman, a Reform rabbi in Parkland, Florida. Boxman was ordained in 2012 from the Hebrew Union College and earned her Masters in Jewish Education in 2013.

Sponsoring Agency

Naples Temple ShalomTemple Shalom
4630 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
  naplestemple.org
  @TempleShalomNaplesFL

Contact Details

  +1-239-455-3030 x215
  Ariel Boxman (Melton Director)

Florida: Orlando / Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
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Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life - issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. A new ten-lesson Melton course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Day: Tuesdays, January 19 - March 23, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 am via Zoom
Faculty: Yael Weinstein
Soul’s Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Learn about life’s celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. Six weeks of putting the pedal to the metal will be sure to fuel your sense of adventure. In this course, we’ll say “L’Chaim!” to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, all while living as Jews in a modern world. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life’s big moments.

Day: Tuesdays, June 7 - July 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Faculty: Julia Berger

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Director

Julia BergerJulia Berger, MAJE, is Coordinator of Melton Adult Jewish Learning in Greater Orlando. Before joining Melton, she earned her Masters degree in History Museum studies from the State University of NY and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2000, Julia moved to Orlando to become the Director of Education at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, and later became an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, where she continues to teach in the Judaic Studies Program. She has brought her enthusiasm for Judaism and her interactive teaching style to her adult courses in both of these positions. Julia is also a published author, having co-written the teachers’ guide, Teaching Jewish History, published by Behrman House. In addition, she has written articles on museum-school partnerships in Israel and using historical documents in the classroom.

Sponsoring Agency

Jewish Federation of Greater OrlandoJewish Federation of Greater Orlando
851 N. Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
jfgo.org
@jewishfederationorlando

Contact Details

+1 407-645-5933
Julia Berger (Director)

Florida: West Palm Beach / Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
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Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years ago open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Mondays, November 30, 2020 – March 1, 2021 (no class 2/15)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Lynne Lieberman
Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness
Chosen by the rabbinic sages as the first book to initiate children to Bible learning, contemporary readers often perceived Vayikra as inaccessible. Yet, embedded in the laws that focus on the prescribed sacrificial practices, laws of ritual impurity and purity, and the pursuit of holiness are messages and values that have relevance to the universal condition. In our study of Vayikra, we will examine themes including the role of rituals, responding to tragedy, confronting birth and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, balancing the place of the individual and the community, bringing sanctity into one's daily life, and more. Through a textual study of selected passages, this course uncovers the depth and wisdom of the third book of the Torah and reveals its enduring messages that touch our lives to this very day.

Day: Tuesdays, December 1, 2020 - February 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life - issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. This course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Day: Mondays beginning on November 9, 2020 - February 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman
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Day: Thursdays beginning on November 12, 2020 - February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Debra Eisenman

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Director

Amy GordonAmy Gordon is the Adult Education Coordinator. Having migrated into this position from the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, she has built her career on providing quality programs and out-of-the-box experiences to the Jewish communities that she represents. As a former educator, camp director and event coordinator, she looks forward to utilizing her past experiences to assist in creating something amazing for all of you.

Sponsoring Agency

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Friedman Commission for Jewish Education,
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building
1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100
West Palm Beach, FL  33409
jewishpalmbeach.org
@JewishPalmBeach

Contact Details

+1-561-242-6680
melton@jewishpalmbeach.org

Georgia: Atlanta / Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
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Ethics of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 9:30am
Start Date: Aug 25, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, Feb 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Talya Gorsetman

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Day and Time: Mondays, 8pm
Start Date: Oct 13, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct 13, 20, 27; Nov 10, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: The Temple
Faculty: Rabbi Steven Rau

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Day and Time: TBA
Start Date: Spring 2021
Dates & Exceptions: TBA
Location: Congregation Etz Chaim
Faculty: Rabbi Dan Dorsch
Crossroads of Jewish History
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 10:45 am
Start Date: Aug 25, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, Feb 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Judy Stolovitz

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Day and Time: Mondays, 7 pm
Start Date: Oct 13, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Oct 13, 20, 27; Nov 10, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: The Temple
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Starr
Purposes of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Start Date: Aug 26, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 8; Dec 2, 9; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3; Feb 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10, 17, 24; Apr 7, 14, 21.
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Judy Stolovitz
Rhythms of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am
Start Date: Aug 26, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 8; Dec 2, 9; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3; Feb 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10, 17, 24; Apr 7, 14, 21.
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Talya Gorsetman

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Day and Time: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
Start Date: Aug 25, 2020 
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 25; Sep 1, 8,15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20
Location: via Zoom/ Congregation Shearith Israel
Faculty: Rabbi Melvin Sirner
Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity
Day and Time: Thursdays, 9-10:30 am
Start Date: Aug 27, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: via Zoom/ Weber School
Faculty: Judy Stolovitz

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Day and Time: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am
Start Date: Sept 8, 2020 
Dates & Exceptions: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20; 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15 Jan 5 (excluding Nov. 24, December 22, Jan. 29)
Location: via Zoom/ Congregation Bnai Torah
Faculty: Devorah Lowenstein
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day and Time: Mondays, 7 pm (and one Wednesday)
Start Date: Oct 5, 2020
Dates & Exceptions Oct 5,12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec 7, 14
Location: via Zoom/ Congregation Etz Chaim
Faculty: Dr. Shelley Buxbaum

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Day and Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12 noon
Start Date: Fall 2020
Dates & Exceptions: TBA
Location: Temple Sinai
Faculty: Dr. Shelley Buxbaum

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Day and Time: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
Start date: October 2020
Location: Zoom with Congregation B’nai Torah
Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Day and Time: Fridays, 9 am
Start Date: Aug 21, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 21, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 16, 30; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 11
Location: Private Home
Faculty: Liora Krug

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Day and Time: Fridays, 9 am
Start Date: Jan 8, 2021
Dates & Exceptions: Jan 8, 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 16, 23; May 7, 14.
Location: Private Home
Faculty: Liora Krug
Jewish Medical Ethics
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12 pm
Start Date: Spring 2021
Dates & Exceptions: TBA
Location: Temple Sinai
Faculty: Dr. Shelley Buxbaum
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9-10:30 am
Start Date: Aug 19, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: Aug 21, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 16, 30; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 11
Location: The Kehilla
Faculty: Rabbi Reuven Travis
Foundations of Jewish Family Living
Day and Time: Evenings
Start Date: October 2020
Dates & Exceptions: TBA
Location: Congregation B’nai Torah
Faculty: Rabbi Ari Konigsberg
 Exodus / Shemot Part II: Revelation and Revolution
Day and Time: Mondays, 10-11:30 am
Start Date: Aug 17, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Location: Congregation Ohr Hatorah
Faculty: Talya Gorsetman
Leviticus / Vayikra: A Call to Holiness
Day and Time: Mondays, 10-11:30 am
Start Date: Nov 16, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8
Location: Congregation Oh Hatorah
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Starr
Numbers / BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended
Day and Time: Mondays, 10-11:30 am
Start Date: Feburary 22, 2021 
Dates & Exceptions: 2/22, 3/1,3/8,3/15,4/5,4/12,4/19,4/26, 5/3
Location: Congregation Ohr Hatorah
Faculty: Rabbi Adam Starr

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Director

Talya GorsetmanTalya Gorsetman, MJCCA Lisa F. Brill Institute For Jewish Learning, Director
Talya was born and raised in Manhattan and studied at Jewish day school before attending Midreshet Lindenbaum, a post-high school program in Israel teaching women Bible, Talmud, and Jewish law. Talya studied at Stern College for Women, earned her bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies from Yeshiva University, and attended Hunter College’s theater master’s program. Talya married Rabbi Adam Starr and went to Israel to complete the post-college Women’s Bruriah Scholars program at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Talya moved to Atlanta, serving as Drama Director at Camps Ramah, Moshava, and Yeshiva Atlanta High School. Talya was recently the Performing Arts Director at the Atlanta Jewish Academy. Talya and Rabbi Adam Starr are delighted to raise their children in the Atlanta Jewish community.

Assistant Director

Judy Stolovitz
Judy is the Program Associate at the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning at the MJCCA. She served on the GHA and AJA Boards for over a decade and in 2014, as Board President of GHA, she was involved in the creation of AJA. She received her M.A. in Islamic Studies and a Diploma in Education from McGill University and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Judy is married with three wonderful children. 

Sponsoring Agency

Marcus Jewish Community Center of AtlantaLisa F Brill Institute for Jewish Learning at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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+1-678-812-3723
brill.institute@atlantajcc.org
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Illinois: Chicago / Anshe Emet Synagogue
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OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Mondays, Jan. 11 - Feb. 22, 2021
(no class 1/18)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Central via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Tzivia Garfinkel

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Director

Cantor Elizabeth BerkeCantor Elizabeth Berke
Originally from Rochester, NY, Cantor Berke attended Cornell University and received a BA in History with Distinction in all Subjects. During that time she spent her Junior year at University College London, and attended as much theater at as her budget allowed. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Cantor Berke enrolled in the Cantors Institute (now H.L Miller Cantorial School) at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which included a year in Israel at the precursor to the Conservative Yeshiva, Midreshet Yerushalayim. In 1994 Cantor Berke completed her Masters in Sacred Music, received her Diploma of Hazzan, and graduated from JTS’ Graduate School (now William Davidson school of Education) with a Masters in Jewish Education. Since graduation, Cantor Berke has worked in a variety of educational settings and across the age span of Jewish education in cities including New York, NY, Houston, TX, Cherry Hill, NJ and Springfield, MA. She has worked in classrooms, educational administration, tutored b’nai mitzvah, sung in concerts and led High Holiday services for congregations of all sizes. In both Houston and Springfield, MA she was part of the Melton faculty. For many years she has served on the Education Committee of the Cantors Assembly. Currently, she is Interim Hazzan at Anshe Emet Synagogue, is director of their Jews by Choice program, part of their Education Team and oversees Continuing Education. She and her husband, Hazzan Steven Berke, are the proud parents of Eden and Aviva.

Sponsoring Agency

Anshe Emet Synagogue logoAnshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
ansheemet.org
@AnsheEmet

Contact Details

+1-773-868-5117
Cantor Elizabeth Berke (Director)
ansheemet.org/learn

Illinois: Deerfield / Moriah Congregation
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Ethics of Jewish Living & Crossroads of Jewish History
This course will alternate between one week of Crossroads, one week of Ethics.

Crossroads of Jewish History - Emphasizing the richness of Jewish memory, this chronological exploration focuses on the significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.

Ethics of Jewish Living - This course sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community.

Day: Mondays, October 19, 2020 - April 26, 2021
Time: 9:15 am - 10:15 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ben Kramer and Lori Kramer
Devarim (Deuteronomy): The Long Goodbye
The fifth of the five books of Moses, the Book of Deuteronomy, is a book of prose and poetry, laws and ethics. In Deuteronomy, Moses reflects with hindsight on his journey with the Jewish people through the wilderness, while at the same time he encourages the people to live with foresight as they make their preparations to enter the Promised Land without him. Significantly, while Deuteronomy contains the words of one man reflecting on the journey of one people, learners will quickly find out that the wisdom found in this final book of the Torah has spoken to many people, through their many different live journeys, throughout the ages.

Day: Thursdays, starting October 22, 2020, for 10 lessons
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

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Director

Lori Kramer, Director of Education
Kramer LoriLori has a master’s degree in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary and has been an Education Director and Assistant Principal at two synagogues on the Upper West Side of Manhattan before beginning her role at Moriah Congregation in Deerfield, IL in 2013. Lori and her husband, Ben, have two children.

Sponsoring Agency

Moriah Congregation logoMoriah Congregation
200 Taub Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
moriahcong.org
@moriahcongregation

Contact Details

+1-847-948-5340 x323
Lori Kramer (Director)
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Illinois: Highland Park / North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
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Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
This course will draw from text and from history to explore just how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice and how these are best addressed today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Students will be encouraged to dedicate class time early in their study to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth.

Day: Wednesdays, February 3 - April 7, 2021
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm Central, via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Ali Drumm

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Director

Ali Drumm
Ali DrummAli has served the Beth El community since August 2003, working with youth, families, and on membership and engagement initiatives. She currently serves as our Director of Informal Education, overseeing adult education, and working closely with our cultural, youth and family programming. Ali holds a BA in English Literature and Middle Eastern Affairs from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Ali holds the title of “Conservative Jewish Educator” (‘CJE’) through the Jewish Educators Assembly and serves on the national board. Having served on the board of the Jewish Youth Directors Association and the planning committee of the Chicago Informal Jewish Educators’ conference, and having worked in all forms of informal education from Camp Ramah to USY Pilgrimage to year-round youth work, she works to bring the energy of experiential education to her entire congregation. Ali and her husband Michael live in Highland Park, and have four children.

Assistant Director

Marcie EskinMarcie Eskin, Librarian/Informal Education Coordinator
Marcie holds an AB in government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She is a past president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Advisory Board

Rolly Cohen, Betsy Katz, Rod Slutzky, Sandy Starkman, Merle Tovian

Sponsoring Agency

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El logoNorth Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
www.nssbethel.org
@NSSBE

Contact Details

+1-847-432-8900
Ali Drumm (Director)
Marcie Eskin (Assistant Director)

Illinois: Lombard / Congregation Etz Chaim
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Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
Day: Sundays beginning on Oct. 18, 2020 - Jan. 17, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm via Zoom or Congregation Etz Chaim, tbd
Faculty: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Day:  Sundays beginning on Feb. 14, 2021 for 10 weeks
Time:  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm via Zoom or Congregation Etz Chaim, tbd
Faculty:  Rabbi Yehoshuah Ben-Avraham

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Director

Rabbi Ricky Kamil

Sponsoring Agency

Congregation Etz Chaim logoCongregation Etz Chaim
1710 South Highland Avenue
Lombard, Illinois
congetzchaim.org
@CongEtzChaimLombard

Contact Details

+1-630-627-3912
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Illinois: Naperville / Beth Shalom
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Crossroads of Jewish History & Ethics of Jewish Living
The Melton School Core Curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons comprised of four courses.  Each focuses on one major area of Jewish learning, and forms a thread in the carefully woven fabric which integrates Jewish history, religion, ritual, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life. 

Crossroads of Jewish History
Emphasizing the richness of Jewish memory, this chronological exploration focuses on the significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.  

Ethics of Jewish Living
This course sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community. 

Day: Wednesdays, beginning November 4, 2020
Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23; 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27; 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31. 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12
Time: 7:00 - 9:15 pm via Zoom 
Faculty: Marc Stopeck 

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Director

Rabbi Marc Rudolph
Rabbi Marc RudolphRabbi Marc Rudolph has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom since 2008. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, an independent, pluralistic seminary in New York City, in 2004. 

Sponsoring Agency

Congregation Beth Shalom logoCongregation Beth Shalom
772 West 5th Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
napershalom.org/
@moriahcongregation

Contact Details

+1-630-961-1818
Rabbi Marc Rudolph (Director)

Illinois: Northfield / Temple Jeremiah
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Phyllis Burg, Senior Executive Assistant
Phyllis BurgPhyllis has been at Temple Jeremiah for 20 years providing administrative support for Rabbi Paul Cohen, Senior Rabbi. Prior to this position she worked at Glencoe and East Maine Dist. 63 Schools and Roosevelt University. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in piano. While raising her family she had her own business out of the house and was PTA and Coordinating Council president, implementing innovative programs and increasing communication via weekly newsletters from principals to parents. Her children are Rabbi Daniel Burg, Senior Rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore, and Wendy Connolly, a speech pathologist in Lake Zurich. Her beloved grandchildren are Eliyah, Shamir and Logan.

Sponsoring Agency

Temple Jeremiah logoTemple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
templejeremiah.org
@templejeremiah

Contact Details

+1-847-441-5760 x110
Phyllis Burg

Illinois: Skokie / Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
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Director

Rabbi Marianne NovakRabbi Marianne Novak received semikha from Yeshivat Maharat in 2019. She received her BA in Political Science from Barnard College and her JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She has served as the Endowment Director at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and also helped start the Women’s Tefillah Group at Bais Abraham. Marianne then moved to Skokie, Illinois, became a Gabbait for the Skokie Women’s Tefillah Group, and taught Bat Mitzvah students. Marianne has been an instructor and curriculum developer for the Florence Melton Adult School of Jewish Learning for over 21+ years. She taught Tanakh at Rochelle Zelle Jewish High School. She has lectured for many Jewish organizations and synagogues, and writes a blog for the Times of Israel. She is currently a fellow in the Created Equal Educators’ Fellowship of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Marianne lives in Skokie with her husband Noam Stadlan and her family.

Sponsoring Agency

Skokie Valley Agudah Jacob logoSkokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ) Synagogue
8825 East Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076
svaj.org
@svajsynagogue

Contact Details

+1-847-674-3473
office@svaj.org

Kansas: Greater Kansas City / Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
REGISTRATION
Rhythms of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Start Date: Oct. 7, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24. 4/7, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19
Location: via Zoom (will be hosted at JCC if safe)
Faculty: Marla Brockman
Purposes of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Thursdays 10:30-11:45 am
Start Date: Oct. 8, 2020
Dates & Exceptions:  10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
Location:  via Zoom (will be hosted at JCC if safe)
Faculty: Marla Brockman
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day and Time: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Start Date: Nov. 5, 2020
Dates & Exceptions:  11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Location:  via Zoom   (*If safe, will move to Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W 127th St, Overland Park, KS 66209)
Faculty: Rabbi Javier Cattapan
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Day and Time: Fridays 9:30-11:00 am
Start Date: Oct. 9, 2020
Dates & Exceptions:  10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Location: via Zoom
Faculty:  Marla Brockman

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Day and Time: 2021
Start Date: 2021
Dates & Exceptions:  TBD
Location:  Midtown
Faculty:  Rabbi Doug Alpert
Jewish Answers to Life's Most Challenging Questions
Day and Time: Thursdays 12:15-1:15 pm (4 weeks)
Start Date: 2021
Dates & Exceptions:  TBD
Location:  Village Shalom
Faculty: Alan Edelman
BeMidbar (Numbers) – Leadership Defied and Defended
Day and Time: Mondays – 6:45-8:15 pm CST/7:45-8:15 pm EST
Start Date: Oct. 19, 2020
Dates & Exceptions: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11
Location: via Zoom
Faculty:  Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice –
for KU Hillel Students ONLY
Day and Time: Thursdays
Start Date: TBD
Dates & Exceptions:  TBD
Location: KU HILLEL
Faculty:  Suzy Sostrin & Ira Kirschner
Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Pre-State through 1967
Day and Time: 2021 – Thursdays 7:30-9:00 pm
Start Date: Feb. 4, 2021
Dates & Exceptions: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
Location: via Zoom
Faculty: Bill Greenberg

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Additional classes for local Kansas City students only may be found here or by contacting Director Megan Pener.

INFORMATION
Director

Megan PenerMegan Pener, Director of MeltonKC Powered by HBHA, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a lifelong resident of Greater Kansas City. She has been involved in the Jewish community throughout her life and most recently served as the Alumni Coordinator for Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Her background in the non-profit arena also includes positions at Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and Phoenix Family, exposing her to many aspects of operations. As Director of Melton, Megan will focus on raising awareness about the incredible experience and education that Melton provides, coordinating classes throughout the city and raising funds to support this ongoing program. Megan is married to Sam Pener, and has two children, Evelyn and Louis.

Sponsoring Agency

Melton KC logoHyman Brand Hebrew Academy
5801 W. 115th Street
Overland Park, KS 66211
hbha.edu
@HymanBrandHebrewAcademy

Advisory Board

Erwin Abrams, Advisory Board Chair

Contact Details

+1-913-327-8161
melton@hbha.edu
hbha.edu/melton
@meltonHBHA

Scholarships Available

For details, contact Megan Pener (Director)

Kentucky: Louisville / Congregation Adath Jeshurun
REGISTRATION
Crossroads of Jewish History
Day and Time: Tuesday, 8-9:15 pm
Dates: Sept. 1, 2020-May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Cantor David Lipp or Deborah Slosberg

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Day and Time: Thursday, 11am-12:15 pm
Dates: Sept. 3, 2020-May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Cantor David Lipp or Deborah Slosberg
Ethics of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Tuesday, 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Sept. 1, 2020-May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Robert Slosberg

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Day and Time: Thursday, 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Sept. 3, 2020-May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Robert Slosberg
Bereshit (Genesis) Part II - The Story of the First Jewish Family
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 10, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Deborah Slosberg

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Day and Time: Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Sept. 3-Nov. 12, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Deborah Slosberg
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes
Day and Time: Thursday, 11 am-12:15 pm
Dates: Sept. 3 - Nov. 12, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Cantor David Lipp
The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 10, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Stanley Miles

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Day and Time: Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Sept. 3 - Nov. 12, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Stanley Miles
Jewish Denominations: Challenges of Modernity
Day & Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 10, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Laura Metzger

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Day & Time: Thursday 11 am-12:15 pm
Dates: Sept. 3 - Nov. 12, 2020
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Laura Metzger
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day & Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Nov. 17, 2020 - Feb. 9, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Walter Olson

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Day & Time: Thursday 11-12:15 pm
Dates: Nov. 19, 2020 - Feb. 11, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Walter Olson
Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Nov. 17, 2020 - May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Edwin Segal

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Day and Time: Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Nov. 19, 2020 - May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Edwin Segal
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Nov. 17, 2020 - Feb. 9, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Marcia Texler Segal

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Day and Time: Thursday 11 am-12:15 pm
Dates: Nov. 19, 2020 - Feb. 11, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Dr. Marcia Texler Segal
Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Feb. 16-May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Stanley Miles

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Day and Time: Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Feb. 18 - May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Stanley Miles
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-745 pm
Dates: Feb. 16 - May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Cantor David Lipp

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Day and Time: Thursday 11 am-12:15 pm
Dates: Feb. 18 - May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Cantor David Lipp
Devarim (Deuteronomy): The Long Goodbye
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Feb. 16 - May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Deborah Slosberg

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Day and Time: Thursday 9:30-10:45 am
Dates: Feb. 18 - May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Deborah Slosberg
Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
Day and Time: Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
Dates: Feb. 16 - May 4, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Laura Metzger

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Day and Time: Thursday 11 am-12:45 pm
Dates: Feb. 18 - May 6, 2021
Location: Adath Jeshurun
Faculty: Rabbi Laura Metzger

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INFORMATION
Director

Deborah SlosbergDeborah Slosberg has been adult education coordinator at Congregation Adath Jeshurun since 2009 and director of Louisville Melton since 2013.

Sponsoring Agency

Louisville Congregation Adath JeshurunCongregation Adath Jeshurun
2401 Woodbourne Avenue
Louisville, KY
www.adathjeshurun.com
@adathjeshurunlouisville

Advisory Board

Jaye Bittner, Cybil Flora, Sandy Harrison, Barbara Isaacs Hymson, Judy Olson, Walter Olson, Marcia Texler Segal, Melanie-Prejean Sullivan

Contact Details

+1-502-458-5359 ext. 115 
Deborah Slosberg (Director)
Website
Facebook

Scholarships Available

 For information, contact Deborah Slosberg

Maryland: Greater Washington, D.C. / Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
REGISTRATION
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day and Time: Mondays, 9:30-11:00 am
Dates: Oct 19-Dec 21, 2020
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Steve Kerbel
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Day and Time: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm
Dates: Oct 19-Dec 21, 2020
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Gary Fink

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INFORMATION
Director

Steve KerbelSteven Kerbel is an independent education consultant in the Greater Washington DC area, and has been involved in Jewish education, formal and informal, youth group, camp, day school and congregational school for the last 30 years. Steve’s clients include the Center for Israel Education in Atlanta, where Steve serves as a facilitator. Most recently he served as Director of Education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland. Before this, he served as the inaugural Retreat Director of Capital Camps & Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Prior to working at Capital Camps, Steve was Director of Education of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase for seven years. Steve taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini School for over twelve years, teaching all of the core courses but primarily focused on the Dramas of Jewish Living. Steve has also been a full-time faculty member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville. Among Steve’s avocations, he facilitates wine tastings featuring Israeli wines and teaches about the geography of diversity of Israel through its wines and wine makers.

Assistant Director

Rebecca (Becky) Newman Leavey is a communications professional with a background in directing strategic communication campaigns for non-profit, community, and media organizations. With a degree in communications from Boston University, she spent a decade as a television producer in both the Boston and Washington, DC areas. She transferred her skillset to Moment Magazine, where she served as the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for seven years. Becky began with the Haberman Institute in Fall 2017, and currently is the Program and Communications Director. In this role she has been able to marry her passion for Jewish education with her background in communications to help provide area adults with high-quality in-depth encounters with Jewish thought, history, and culture. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband, two daughters, and a sweet little shih tzu.

Sponsoring Agency

Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies logoHaberman Institute for Jewish Studies
2200 Baltimore Road Suite B
Rockville, MD 20851
www.habermaninstitute.org
@TheFoundationforJewishStudies

Contact Details

+1-301-770-4787
Steve Kerbel

Michigan: Detroit / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
REGISTRATION
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INFORMATION
Director

Shelley ChanessShelley Wish Chaness
Shelley joined Melton as a Site Assistant in 2010. She then moved into a Marketing position, followed by Assistant Director and then this year, assumed the role of Director. She has an Advertising degree and a background in Marketing and sales.

Sponsoring Agencies

The Jewish Community Center of Metro DetroitJewish Community Center
6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield MI 48322
  jccdet.org
  @jcc.detroit

Advisory Board

Co-chairs: Haley Uziansky and Sherrie Singer

Contact Details

  +1-248-205-2557
  CComensky@jccdet.org
  Jccdet.org/Melton
  @JLearn

Missouri: St. Louis / Temple Emanuel St. Louis
REGISTRATION
Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict through 1967
This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs. The course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - March 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Central via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

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INFORMATION
Director

Emily Cohen, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Emily CohenEmily has spent the past 10+ years working in Jewish education in a variety of capacities, from preschool to older adult engagement and everything in between.  In her role at Temple Emanuel, she oversees religious school, youth group, family engagement, and part of the rich variety of adult programming offered at TE.  Emily came to TE after three years in Atlanta where she was the Director of Youth Learning & Engagement at Temple Sinai. Emily earned an MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion through their Executive Masters in Jewish Education program.  She also holds a BS in Public Affairs-Nonprofit Management and an area certificate in Jewish Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Sponsoring Agency

Temple Emanuel St. Louis logoTemple Emanuel St. Louis
12166 Conway Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
testl.org
@TempleEmanuelStLouis

Advisory Board

Temple Emanuel St. Louis Executive Committee: Betsy Brooks, Jane Feibel, Steve Green, Lynn Phillips, Sam Platt, Val Turner Adult Education Committee: Jane Feibel, Wes Nolden

Contact Details

+1-314-432-5877
Emily Cohen (Director)

New Jersey: West Orange / JCC of MetroWest
REGISTRATION
Foundations of Jewish Family Living
Day and Time: Sundays, 9:45-11:00 am
Start Date: November 1, 2020
Dates: 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Satz, Cantor Galit D Cohen, David Iskovitz
Members of the Tribe
Day and Time: Sundays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Start Date: November 1, 2020
Dates: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29/, 12/6
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Steve Bayar

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Day and Time: Sundays, 10:30 am - noon
Start Date: November 15, 2020
Dates: 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Moshe Rudin
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Day and Time: Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Start Date: November 1, 2020
Dates: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Robert Tobin

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Day & Time: Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Start Date: November 5, 2020
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 12/3, 12/10, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 3/4
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Satz
The Long Goodbye (Deuteronomy / Devarim)
Day & Time: Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Start Date: November 6, 2020
Dates: – dates not confirmed yet
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Steve Bayar

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Day & Time: Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Start Date: February 28, 2021
Dates: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Richard Fagan
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30am
Start Date: November 4, 2020
Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Michael Jay
From Slavery to Sinai (Exodus / Shemot I)
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:45pm
Start Date: November 4, 2020
Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Marc Katz
From Adam to Abraham (Genesis / Bereshit I)
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Start Date: October 28, 2020 (intro to Torah study); November 11, 2020 (begins curriculum)
Dates: 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/23, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 2/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dan Cohen
Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot II)
Day & Time: Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Start Date: November 12, 2020
Dates: 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/18, ¾, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Matt Gewirtz
Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Start Date: November 5, 2020
Dates: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Moshe Rudin
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Start Date: February 4, 2021
Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15
Location: online via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Moshe Rudin

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INFORMATION
Director

Rhonda LillianthalRhonda Lillianthal, Director Center for Jewish Life  −  In addition to directing the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Education of MetroWest Rhonda is the Director of the JCC MetroWest Center for Jewish Life. In that capacity she oversees and teaches many programs including the Amelia and Ephraim Hirschhorn Senior Adult Jewish Education Program which brings hundreds of speakers and entertainers to more than 40 MetroWest Jewish senior sites. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from Touro College in New York City and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rhonda has been a Jewish Educator for 25 years and has brought her love of Jewish learning to numerous Jewish agencies including Hadassah, The Board of Jewish Education of New York, Ramah Camps, and the Melton School. She runs a womens' seder annually and Jewish holiday workshops.

Assistant

Marsha Schreier Administrator, Center for Jewish Life

Sponsoring Agency

JCC Metro WestJCC of MetroWest
760 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ
jccmetrowest.org
@JCCMetroWest

Contact Details

+1-973-530-3519
Rhonda Lillianthal (Director) or Marsha Schreier
jccmetrowest.org/jewish-life/melton-school

New York: New York City / Central Synagogue
REGISTRATION
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INFORMATION
Director

Carolyn Roesler

Sponsoring Agency

Central Synagogue logoCentral Synagogue
123 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022
  centralsynagogue.org
  @centralsynagogue

Contact Details

  +1-212-838-5122 x3043
  Carolyn Roesler (Director)
  centralsynagogue.org

New York: New York City / Park Avenue Synagogue
REGISTRATION
Melton Year 1: Purposes of Jewish Living & Rhythms of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Thursdays, 9:15 – 11:30 am
Start Date: Oct. 15, 2020
Dates & Exceptions:
Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19;  Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27
Make-up is June 3
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Purim
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Steven Philp
Melton Year 2: Crossroads of Jewish History & Ethics of Jewish Living
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:15 pm
Start Date: Oct. 14
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26
Make-up is June 2
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky and Rabbi Joel Shaiman
Exploring A Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Start Date: Oct. 14
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6 (make-up is 12)
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Charles Savenor

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Day and Time: Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:30 am
Start Date: Oct. 15
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov.r 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7 (make-up is 14)
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
Devarim (Deuteronomy) - The Long Goodbye
Day and Time: Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:30 am
Start Date: Oct. 15
Dates & Exceptions: Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19;  Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7 (make-up on 14)
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
Location: Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Avi Strausberg

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INFORMATION
Director

Mara BernsteinMara Bernstein, Director of Synagogue Programming and Adult Education
Mara joined the Park Avenue Synagogue team in June 2018 as Director of Synagogue Programming and Adult Education. She has a background in event planning and program management, having worked at several New York City nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions including the American Jewish Historical Society, Museum at Eldridge Street, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before coming to PAS, Mara was the Retreats and Programs Manager at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, where she helped create and facilitate learning and leadership opportunities for Jewish clergy and community leaders of all kinds. A native of Southern California, Mara moved to New York to attend New York University, and has lived here ever since. She loves the vibrant diversity of her adopted home, but misses wearing sandals year round! While not at Park Avenue Synagogue, Mara is a volunteer docent at the Museum at Eldridge Street and also leads historic walking tours in lower Manhattan. Mara lives on the Upper West Side and enjoys exploring the many cafes and bookstores in her neighborhood.

Director

Ellie BenjaminEllie Benjamin, Adult Education Coordinator
Ellie joined the Park Avenue Synagogue team in July of 2020 as the Adult Education Coordinator, working closely on all adult educational offerings and classes. Prior to PAS, Ellie worked for two years at UJA-Federation of New York as a Development Associate in their Center for Youth Philanthropy and Leadership, where she developed and led programs to engage youth and teens in tzedakah. Ellie earned her BA in history and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. She is very passionate about supporting the incredible lifelong learners at PAS.

Sponsoring Agency

Logo PAS Rebranded Line L Gold HebrewPark Avenue Synagogue
50 East 87th Street
New York, NY
 Website
 Facebook

Contact Details

  +1-212-369-2600
  melton@pasyn.org
  Website

New York: Scarsdale / Westchester Reform Temple
REGISTRATION
Crossroads of Jewish History 
and Ethics of Jewish Living
Crossroads of Jewish History - Dramatic developments, experiences and issues from different periods in Jewish history as reflected in historical texts.

Ethics of Jewish Living - Ethical issues such as justice, life and death, sexuality and community, with case studies from Talmudic, rabbinic and contemporary literature.

Day: Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 2020 - May 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 9:15 pm via ZoomFaculty: Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Cantor Amanda Kleinman, Rabbi David Levy, Rabbi Daniel Reiser and Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

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INFORMATION
Director
Rabbi Daniel ReiserRabbi Daniel Reiser serves as an associate rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. His Jewish learning interests include Reading the Bible as Literature, Modern Jewish Thought, and Israel Studies. He and his wife live in White Plains, NY, with their two children.
Sponsoring Agency
Westchester Reform Temple logoWestchester Reform Temple
255 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
wrtemple.org
@WestchesterReformTemple
Contact Details
914-723-7727
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www.wrtemple.org
New York: Syosset / UJA-Federation of New York
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Janet Bienenfeld is the Associate Director of the Long Island UJA-Federation of New York

Sponsoring Agency

Syosset UJA Federation of New York logoUJA-Federation of New York
6900 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY
  www.ujafedny.org

Contact Details

  +1-516-762-5847
  Janet Bienenfeld (Director)

Ohio: Columbus / JewishColumbus
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2020-2021 Course List
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Director

Cheryl JacobsCheryl Jacobs is an Emmy award winning writer/producer. She graduated from The Florence Melton School in Columbus, OH, in 2013. She is originally from New York and his lived in Columbus for thirty years. Her diverse career has taken her to work as a producer at CBS, ABC, Bravo, and Newsweek. In Columbus, she has worked as the director of major gifts for The Heritage of Hannah Neil and the director of development and marketing for Maryhaven. She is excited to begin a new adventure with The Melton School.

Sponsoring Agency

Lawrence Family JCC1175 College Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43209
jewishcolumbus.org
@JewishColumbus

Advisory Board

Don Katz

Contact Details

614.237.7686
Cheryl Jacobs (Director)

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh / Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
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Young Adult Core Year 2: Crossroads of Jewish History &  Ethics of Jewish Living
Dramatic developments, experiences and issues from different periods in Jewish history and ethical issues such as justice, life and death, sexuality and community, case studies from Talumdic, rabbinic and contemporary literature.

Day: Mondays, Oct. 5, 2020 - May 10, 2021
(no class on 11/23, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 3/22, 3/29)
Time: 7:00 - 9:15 pm
Faculty: Rabbi Amy Greenbaum and Rabbi Ron Symons

Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living
Central ideas and texts which inform our daily, weekly and annual rituals as well as life cycle observances and essential Jewish theological concepts and ideas as they unfold in the Bible, the Talmud and other sacred texts.

Day: Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 2020 - June 1, 2021
(no class 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/26, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 5/18)
Time: 9:30 - 11:45 am via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and their Jokes
This course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history. Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey. This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to "read" and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people.

Day: Tuesdays, Oct. 27, 2020 - March 9, 2021
(no class 11/3, 11/24, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/19, 1/26)
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
This cutting edge course looks at a range of novel medical ethics issues through the lens of Judaism. Twenty-first century ethical challenges such as Posthumous Sperm Retrieval, Pain Management, and Genetic Identity, form the core of the conversation. No medical knowledge or prior familiarity with Jewish texts is expected. Be among the first in the world to gain contemporary insights from this significant material.

Day: Wednesdays, Feb. 3 - May 5, 2021
(no class 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14)
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff

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Director

Cheryl Johnson

Sponsoring Agency

Pittsburgh Jewish Community Foundation LogoJewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
22000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
www.jewishpgh.org
@jfedpgh

Advisory Board

Daniel Brandeis, Sharon Perelman

Contact Details

+1-412-992-5224
Cheryl Johnson (Director)
foundation.jewishpgh.org

Texas: Dallas / Aaron Family JCC
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OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God- questions” that confront us throughout our lives.

Meets:
 Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Central
Runs: January 13 - February 17, 2021
Number of Lessons: 6 via Zoom
Faculty: Laura Seymour
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The Story of the First Jewish Family (Genesis / Bereshit Part II)
The narrative of this course follows the development of the first Jewish family from the birth of two nations through great wrongdoings and reunions, to the renowned blessing of the grandchildren. Stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with angels, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation, provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.

Meets:
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central
Runs: January 14 - March 18, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Gerri Patterson
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Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity
This course is a fascinating study of the explosion in contemporary Judaism as reflected in the denominations. A fresh examination of Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years will be uncovered, revealing extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major Movements. The impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism will be explored in depth.

Meets:
Thursdays, 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Central
Runs: February 4 - April, 15, 2021 (no class 4/1)
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Laura Seymour
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Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let’s learn about life’s celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. Six weeks of putting the pedal to the metal will be sure to fuel your sense of adventure. In this course, we’ll say “L’Chaim!” to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, all while living as Jews in a modern world. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life’s big moments.

Meets:
Wednesdays, 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Central
Runs: March 3 - Aprll 14, 2021 (no class 3/31)
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Laura Seymour
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Director

Rachelle Weiss CraneRachelle Weiss Crane is a native New Yorker who has been in Dallas, Texas, since 2001. Rachelle has a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from The Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She graduated from the Melton School in Dallas in 2005 and became the PEP Director in Dallas in 2006. She has been Melton Director in Dallas since September 2008. In addition to her Melton and other adult education responsibilities, Rachelle is Producer of both the Dallas Jewish BookFest and Jewish Film Festival of Dallas. Israel Engagement is also part of her portfolio at JCC Dallas. Rachelle has been involved in Jewish education for much of her adult life. She is currently Vice President for Adult Learning and Music, Arts and Culture at Temple Emanu-el Dallas, the largest Reform congregation in the southwestern United States. Rachelle serves on the advisory board of ADL Texoma and on the North American board of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Rachelle and her husband Paul live in north Dallas.

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Adina WeinbergAdina Weinberg; Jewish, Cultural, and Outreach Coordinator.
A Dallas, Texas native, Adina Weinberg attended the American Jewish University in Los Angeles where she earned her BA in Jewish Studies and in Literature, Communication, and Media. She participated in the Kesher Chadash program in Jerusalem through the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she became certified in Israel education. She recently returned to Dallas and started at the JCC as the Jewish, Cultural, and Outreach Coordinator. She assists with programs such as the Dallas Jewish Film Festival and Book Festival, the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, and a new initiative known as the J on Wheels.

Sponsoring Agency

Dallas Aaron Family JCCAaron Family JCC
7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75230
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Contact Details

+1-214-239-7128
Rachelle Weiss Crane (Director)
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Texas: Houston / Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston
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Jewish Ethics of Family and Personal Relationships
This course will examine how Jewish teachings can shed light on contemporary ethical issues surrounding family matters and personal relationships. Topics will include Honoring Aging Parents, Ethics of Marriage and Divorce, Gender Fluidity and Sexuality.
Day: 10 Tuesdays beginning on October 6 - Dec. 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am Central via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Samantha Safran

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Rabbi Samantha SafranRabbi Samantha Safran is the Director of the Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning. She holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters as well as her rabbinical title from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia. Originally from Great Neck, New York, she studied classics and philosophy at Colgate University and worked in film preservation before migrating to the Jewish professional world and, eventually, to rabbinical school. Rabbi Samantha lives in Houston with her husband Sacha and children Naya and Ezra. She has directed the Houston Melton School since 2012.

Sponsoring Agency

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston logoEvelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096
erjcchouston.org
@ERJCC

Contact Details

+1-713-595-8163
Rabbi Samantha Safran (Director)

Virginia: Virginia Beach / United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
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From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and their Jokes
This course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history. Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey. This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to "read" and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - March 18, 2021
(no class 2/25)
Time: 6:45-8:15 p.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Amy Milligan
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
This course will draw from text and from history to explore just how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice and how these are best addressed today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Students will be encouraged to dedicate class time early in their study to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - March 11, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Michael Panitz
OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this 6-week exploratory course, we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-question" that confronts us throughout our lives.

Day: Thursdays, April 22 - May 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Rabbi Marc Krauss
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-week course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life's big moments.

Day: Thursdays, April 22 - May 27, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Miriam Brunn Ruberg

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Director

 Sierra LautmanSierra Lautman, Director of Jewish Innovation

Sierra is originally from Pittsburgh, where she was a Jewish educator in supplemental religious schools for 12 years, most recently as the Religious School Director at Adat Shalom Synagogue. With a masters degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh, educating both children and adults has been a lifelong passion of hers. Sierra moved to Virginia Beach with her family during the summer of 2019, and quickly began her position at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. There she is able to live her passion in engaging and educating so many individuals throughout the community.

Sponsoring Agency

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater logo

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
5000 Corporate Woods Dr.
Virginia Beach , VA 23462
jewishva.org
UJFTidewater

Advisory Board

Arluk, Glen; Bloch, Darcy; Brand, Bonnie; Brooke, Amy; Brunn Ruberg, Miriam;Frank, Rita; Fried, Cantor Wendi; Harrell, Amie; Kass, Melissa; Kaufman, Alene; Konikoff, David; Leon, David; Panitz, Rabbi Michael; Proser, Cantor David; Samuels, Linda; Samuels, Marcia; Segaloff, Deb; Spindell, Linda;
Steerman, Stephanie; Weinstein, Amy

Contact Details

 Sierra Lautman (Director)
 (757) 965-6107

Melton Communities Worldwide

Australia: Melbourne / Temple Beth Israel
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Rabbi Kim Ettlinger Rabbi Kim Ettlinger was ordained at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in May 2005, where she earned two Master of Arts Degrees, one in Jewish Education and one in Hebrew Letters. In 1997, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

Prior to entering HUC, Rabbi Ettlinger did Rabbinic coursework at London’s Leo Baeck College. She performed her fifth year Rabbinic internship with Congregation Ner Tamid in Las Vegas and at UCLA Medical Center as a chaplain.

Rabbi Ettlinger left her first congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom where she served for five years first as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi to join Temple Beth Israel in 2010.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rabbi Ettlinger moved with her family to Perth, WA in 1988. While in Perth, she was an active member of Temple David. At the time Netzer did not exist in Perth so she joined Habonim Dror and went to Israel on the Machon program.

Assistant: Judit Kegley

Advisory Board: Sandy Benjamin, Tzvi Civins, Kim Ettlinger, Michal Kaufmann, Gary Lewis

Sponsoring Agency

TBI Temple Beth Israel logoTBI - Temple Beth Israel
76-82 Alma Road
S. Kilda, VIC Australia
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  + 61 3 95101488
  info@meltonschool.org.au
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Australia: Sydney / Education Heritage Foundation
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Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
When: Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
Begins: October 8, 2020
Number of lessons: 10
Location: Online
Faculty: Simon Holloway
Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
When: Mondays 7:30-9pm
Begins: October 19
Number of lessons: 8
Location: Online
Faculty: Orna Trigubuff

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Director

Hinda YoungHinda Young graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Major in Classics and a Minor in Judaic studies. She taught Ancient Languages and Jewish Studies to children of all ages in New York City and Chicago before moving to Sydney in September 2015. In Sydney, she has taught for the NSW BJE and co-chaired Limmud-Oz 2017. She and her husband, Rabbi Ben Elton, live in the CBD, where her husband is the Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue.

Sponsoring Agency

Education Heritage Foundation
Suite 6, Level 2, 32 A Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Advisory Board

Eric Noble, Evie Weltlinger

Contact Details

+61 0432 567 917
Hinda Young (Director)
meltonschool.org.au
@meltonsydney

Canada: Ottawa / Soloway Jewish Community Center
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From Slavery to Sinai (Exodus / Shemot Part I)
This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.

Day: Thursdays, January 14 - March 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Steven Garten

REGISTRATION OPENS NOV. 23

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Director

Steven GartenRabbi Steven Garten was ordained at Hebrew union college Jewish institute of religion. He has served as the educational director of two large reform synagogues and two reform day schools. In 1995 he was invited to serve as rabbi of temple Israel in Ottawa Canada. He retired as rabbi in 2014 and now is the rabbi emeritus during his time in Ottawa he was blessed with unlimited adult Jewish teaching opportunities. His weekly Talmud shiur now is in its 17 year. His weekly Torah study class attracted learners from all denominations. While in Ottawa he has led 14 community and congregational journeys to Eretz Yisrael. He was introduced to the Melton program as a teacher and taught core courses and "graduate" courses for five years. He made his retirement project the reintroduction of "Melton" to the Ottawa Jewish community.

Assistant Director

Roslyn Wollock
Roslyn is the Soloway JCC Adult Education & Cultural Programs Manager and Melton Administrator

Sponsoring Agency

Soloway JCC logoSoloway JCC
21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON
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Contact Details

+1-613-798-9818 (ext 254) for Roslyn Wollock
Rabbi Steven Garten (Director)

Canada: Toronto / Holy Blossom Temple
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Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm
Begins: Oct. 20, 2020
Number of lessons: 10
Location: Holy Blossom Temple or via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Yoel Abells
Year 2: Crossroads of Jewish History & Ethics of Jewish Living
When: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm
Begins: October 27, 2020
Number of lessons: 25
Location: Holy Blossom Temple or via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Yael Splansky & Rabbi Zachary Goodman

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Spiegel DebbieDebbie Spiegel, Director of Education

Debbie has worked in the field of Jewish Education for the past 40+ years. She worked in schools and at Camp Ramah for many years and now at Holy Blossom Temple for the past 15 years. Seeing faces light up with as they embrace Jewish life what keeps us all in the game!

Sponsoring Agency

Holy Blossom Temple logoHoly Blossom Temple
1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6B 1T6
holyblossom.org
@holyblossomtemple

Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Davis, Kathy Morrisey, Les Rothschild

Contact Details

416-789-3291 ext. 239
Debbie Spiegel (Director)
holyblossom.org/melton

South Africa: Cape Town / Midrasha Adult Education Institute
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(classes run February-November)

Year One Core: Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living
When: Wed evenings
Location: Herzlia
Faculty: Esther Maizels & Bryan Opert
Year Two Core: Crossroads of Jewish History & Ethics of Jewish Living
When: Tuesday mornings
Location: Highlands House Shul
Faculty: Ronnie Gotkin & Greg Alexander

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Director

Viv AnsteyViv Anstey has a MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, Boston, USA and a MA in Social Work (Mental Health). Viv founded the Midrasha Adult Education Institute and the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning since 2006. Viv was appointed director of the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute in 2017, the first ever South African Jewish Leadership Development Programme.

She co-founded the Jewish Literary Festival in 2016. She co-founded Limmud SA. She was the first director of the SA Jewish Museum. She has served on the SA Jewish Board of Deputies for many years in numerous lay and professional leadership positions and is currently vice-chair. She is a trustee of Habonim Dror SA. She is passionate about Jewish education as a tool to strengthening Jewish community and continuity.

Assistant

Lauren SnitcherLauren Snitcher graduated as a BA.LLB(UCT) and worked as an attorney in Cape Town. After having 2 daughters, I did alternative healing courses in Massage, Reflexology and Body Alignment and worked as a registered practitioner. When my children were older I was able to pursue my lifelong passion in Jewish education and after completing the Melton Course in 2008, I jumped at the opportunity to assist Viv in the area of recruitment and admin. As part of my interest in my Jewish Heritage and as a descendant of an Ochberg orphan, I undertook extensive research and travel, resulting in the creation of an Oscar short-listed documentary movie, “Ochberg’s Orphans”.

Contact Details

  Viv Anstey (Director) - vivanst@iafrica.com
  +27828095414
  Lauren Snitcher - lsnitcher@iafrica.com
  +27828802257
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Sponsoring Agency

Midrasha Adult Education Institute
incorporating The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Cape Town, South Africa

Advisory Board

Natalie Barnett, Moonyeen Castle, Dennis Davis, Owen Futeran, Sally Frankental, Hilton Greenbaum, Myra Osrin, Debbie Weinstein

Trustees

Moonyeen Castle, Hilton Greenbaum

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