News & Notes

Calling a Plague, a Plague

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, has named it – what happened in the US Capital one week ago today was an act of betrayal by the President of the Uni...

Hindsight is 2020

In all matters of life and living, we can view what happens to us through one of three lenses: Lens of insight – as life happens, we seek to understand it. Insight is the limited capacity to gain an a...

Silver Linings in a Challenging Year

As leaders of an international organization, we try to view every challenge we face with perspective and a bias towards action. This year, while difficult for many reasons, has pushed us to connect wi...

One was Loved, One was Hated

The Torah uses a harsh word to describe Jacob's feelings for his first wife, Leah: that she was hated. Alarmed by this language, some commentaries suggest that "hated" does not mean Leah was actually ...

Leaders are elected, but leadership must be earned

When George Augustine Washington was elected in 1789 to become the first national leader of the nascent republic of the United States of America, there was major debate as to what he should be called....

Melton mourns loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

(JNS) Jewish groups expressed their condolences over the passing of former U.K. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who died early Saturday morning at the age of 72 after recently being diagnosed with ca...

Mutual Understanding: The third side of every story

How did we get here? When did people decide that they could no longer bear to disagree agreeably? How is it that parents and children are no longer talking to each other, that husbands and wives are s...

Abraham: Nationalist or Globalist?

Frankly, it is a tough call. There seems to be a debate raging throughout the world as to what's next, what direction do we need to pursue, what kinds of leaders do we need most in our world today and...

The Learner Test: A Source Sheet is just the Beginning

The publication of "The Kranjec Test" in eJP several weeks ago sparked a conversation throughout the Jewish educational world. We want to add our voice to the conversation and offer a constructive add...

When Noah was a hero

When I was young, Noah was a hero. I have wonderful memories of a toy Noah's ark model, with a ramp upon which I could, like Noah, march those animals, two by two, into that ark, and do my part, like ...

Melton Funders Council Launched to Support the Organization's Strategic Growth

In the summer of 2020, the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning established the Melton Funders Council, a philanthropic vanguard of donors committed to supporting Melton as the organization...

Melton Leads the Way with Creating Online Jewish Space for Deep Learning and Community Engagement

 During the early stages of COVID-19 and the initial advent of community closures, Jewish life was upended – challenging the traditions tied to ritual gatherings and the value of bringing people ...

New Partners Expand the Melton Network

We're excited to welcome these new community partners to the network of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning for the 2020-2021 school year:Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, ILColumbus Jewi...

Melton Travel Reimagined to Uplift Us While We Shelter at Home

When the world shut down, Melton grew wings. From Flights of the Imagination to Live From Israel… Melton travel hasn't skipped a beat. After the shock of lockdown subsided, our small but powerful team...

We feel refreshed. Guess why.

The Passover holiday is almost upon us – a time when the Jewish people celebrates rebirth and renewal. This year, Melton is feeling particularly refreshed because we've refreshed our brand identity. W...

Melton Responds to COVID-19 with a series of new online learning opportunities

Our tradition (Talmud Yoma 35) tells a wonderful story about Hillel's experiences as a young learner. In his time, there was a daily entrance fee to learn Torah in the house of study. One frosty winte...

The Cairo Genizah is Having a Moment - Melton’s New Course Explores this Fascinating Treasure

In recent years, the Cairo Genizah has captured the attention of a public eager to learn about the once-hidden medieval world of Middle Eastern and North African Jewry. From Mark Glickman's history, S...

Park Avenue Synagogue Awarded Prestigious Florence Melton Award

Amidst Melton Directors from around the world gathered for the organization's annual conference held this January in New York City, the Park Avenue Synagogue Melton School was awarded the prestigious ...