News & Notes

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-- ...

Meet Beyond Borders' Dr. Joy Getnick

Growing up, I often heard about my great uncles who had been active in Zionist youth activities. They all made Aliyah, either in the late 1940s pre-State or soon thereafter, leaving my grandfather her...

On the one-year anniversary of COVID — trends in adult Jewish education

Organizations of all sizes have seen an increase in the number of adult learners in their online programs during this year. Adults recognize that Jewish learning can offer them spiritual nourishment, ...

The law of return and the Jewish covenant of fate

It seems to me that the timing of the Israeli High Court decision to recognize Reform and Conservative conversations done in Israel as meeting the requirements[i] of the Law of Return could not have b...

Mixing Dough and Heritage in the Name of Hamantaschen

How a Sephardic baker made her Ashkenazi family's recipe famous The Purim holiday commemorates the Jewish people's triumph over Haman, an official in 4th-century BCE Persian Empire who attempted their...

Q&A with coordinator of Melton's new Trans-Tasman online hub

Melton is excited to welcome Rabbi Noam Hayman to our team as International Online Learning Hub Coordinator for the Trans-Tasman region: Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. But he's South African, Austr...

The Problem With Quick-Fix Jewish Wisdom

2021 has begun, and the pandemic is still looming. So many aspects of our lives feel like they remain on hold.In the chaos and uncertainty of our moment, we often find ourselves seeking a nugget of in...

Melton School of the Year goes to…

… The Louisville Melton School at Adath Jeshurun and their director Deborah Slosberg! Deborah received the annual Florence Melton Award, given for excellence in building a strong learning community, a...

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...