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Oct 22, 2020

The Learner Test: A Source Sheet is just the Beginning

The Kranjec Test, the principle that any source-sheet with more than two sources must include at least one non-male identified voice is a collective call to action. Its goal, to increase exposure to a diverse set of voices, and to elevate and teach women’s Torah wisdom, is something we prioritize and focus on as we develop curriculum. But focusing solely on the gender breakdown of sources is far from the only way to structure Jewish learning that is responsible, inclusive, and impactful. We… read more
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Oct 20, 2020

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 my hero, to save the world. (And of course that song we sang on camp bus rides played a formative role in my Noah veneration too.) read more
Aug 30, 2020

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 moves toward the implementation of a new bold strategic plan. Recognizing that Melton is poised for significant growth at this time, several board members were the first to join the Council, paving the way for others to do the same. The Council is a philanthropic leadership cadre and not a policy… read more
Aug 19, 2020

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 together that have shaped the Jewish people for millennia. The community rose to the challenge, steadfast, in redefining Jewish space in a COVID world. Melton International has been proud to be on the forefront of this growth and reframing of Jewish living. Every month since the beginning of COVID… read more
Aug 10, 2020

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, IL Columbus Jewish Foundation, Columbus, OH Etz Chaim Congregation, Lombard, IL Jewish Community Alliance, Jacksonville, FL Moriah Congregation, Deerfield, IL Skokie Valley Synagogue, Skokie, IL Temple Emanuel, St. Louis, MO United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Virginia Beach, VA read more
Aug 05, 2020

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 worked seamlessly to create successful online experiences for our entire community of international learners. Participation increased 1000% almost overnight and during these classes, people’s thirst for travel grew. Reminded more and more of their missed seminars and friendships, we answered the… read more