News & Notes

Site Spotlight: Trans-Tasman Hub

The Trans-Tasman Hub, a Melton learning region that includes Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, connects the curious across huge distances through the light of Jewish learning. Rabbi Noam Hayman, Direc...

Spanning generations, a mother and daughter reach back into the Jewish people’s recent past

As living witnesses to the Holocaust dwindle, contemporary written accounts become ever more important. For writers living through those hellish years, diaries and memoirs were simultaneous outlet and...

What rain in the sukkah can teach us about resilience

A feeling of "this is not how it was supposed to be" permeates our sukkah this year.Sukkot is supposed to be a time of abundance, but this Sukkot seems to be, instead, a time of grave concern. Like ra...

Meeting the Moment with Melton

Melton is proud to be creating a new learning opportunity designed to respond to current events happening around the globe. Meeting the Moment with Melton will showcase Jewish wisdom that can help fra...

Adult Jewish Learning as we enter 5782

Melton is starting 5782 off with a contribution to a group article for eJewishPhilanthropy on the state of Jewish education entering this new year.Introduction by David Bryfman, CEO, The Jewish Educat...

Meet Honorable Meltonian: Lesley Simpson

"With me, a little learning is a dangerous thing" Lesley Simpson, a journalist from Hamilton, Ontario, considers herself a kind of Curious George. It was that curiosity that set her on a path of Jewis...

(Re) New on the Scene: Melton Denver

"We have such a rich community of adult learners here at Temple Emanuel – people of all ages and backgrounds who truly value Jewish learning." says Rabbi Hyatt. "The introduction of Melton into our co...

Interview with Rabbi Dr. Jill Hammer: Author of “Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through…

Can you tell us more about the Melton course you wrote, "Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash"? The course covers 16 biblical heroines, examining their stories and voices through ...

Opinion: Coming apart at the seams - the darkest data from the Pew Report

The bottom line is that while a significant majority of American Jews feel connected to Israelis, they don't feel the same kinship with their American coreligionists who identify differently.  By...

Melton Cape Town “Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries & Memoirs” Testimonials

Peter Houston "The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust is too much to comprehend when presented with statistics. This Melton course has made it personal for me. The raw, unfiltered stories from diaries h...

Site Spotlight: Cape Town, South Africa

Viv Anstey, Melton Cape Town Director, together with Lauren Snitcher (Marketing & Recruitment) have built the site into a respected, beloved resource for the community and beyond, collaborating wi...

Meet Mehrnaz Halimi of Melton Sacramento

What's your favorite part of being a Melton Director? With my love of Jewish education, I can recruit Learners and our second-to-none faculty that keeps them engaged. Learners enjoy Melton so much tha...

Antisemitism on the Rise

 Last month, antisemitism rose two-fold in the United States compared to May 2020. The trend is even more worrisome in Europe, where antisemitism grew 500%. This surge in antisemitic attacks has ...

Tzedek, Tzedek: Two Generations of Social Justice

"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof -- Justice, justice you shall pursue." It's one of the most famous – and precious – Jewish concepts. It derives from Moses's charge to the Israelites in Deuteronomy, urging the ...

Site Spotlight: Melton Louisville

This year has been full of highs and lows, as the challenges and tragedies of the pandemic have been mixed with beautiful growth in Jewish learning. Louisville Melton has had its most diverse age rang...

Meet Dr. Zollman

My specialty is American Jewish history, and I teach everything from the Bible to modern Israel. I look at material culture—arts and artifacts—to understand history, especially the "lesser-known chapt...

The Seder and the Stories We Retell

Imagine bringing a guest to your family's seder — a newcomer to the Pesach traditions. "We will tell the story of our journey from slavery to freedom," you explain, "and along the way, we will eat som...

Melton Moments: Passover

With Passover upon us, we have much to celebrate this time around. As we gather our families around the seder table this year (in person and online), the story of exodus resonates as deeply as ever-- ...