Melton Online

With online learning more important now than ever, Melton offers two kinds of courses.
  • Survey courses introduce new topics in 1 to 5 sessions, with large numbers of learners worldwide. These courses are free or offered on a sliding fee scale.
  • Signature courses go in-depth with a full Melton curriculum, including a book. Often hosted by Melton communities, courses have 6 to 25 sessions, and enrollment is limited to 25 learners. Fees depend on the length of the course.

Melton Online

With online learning more important now than ever, Melton offers two kinds of courses.
  • Survey courses introduce new topics in 1 to 5 sessions, with large numbers of learners worldwide. These courses are free or offered on a sliding fee scale.
  • Signature courses go in-depth with a full Melton curriculum, including a book. Often hosted by Melton communities, courses have 6 to 25 sessions, and enrollment is limited to 25 learners. Fees depend on the length of the course.

Online Survey Courses

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Prayer: Then and Now

Has the pandemic challenged your view of prayer? How has it impacted the liturgical lives of our communities? Explore the meaning of prayer and more through modern and traditional texts in this poignant course.

Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
Runs: December 9 – 16, 2020
Number of Lessons: 2
Faculty: Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz

REGISTER NOW

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Two Centuries of Modern Anti-Semitism: Tracing Hate

As anti-Semitism flourishes, questions continue to arise about this age-old hatred with modern overtones? Discover how the 19th century term became the new form of Jew hatred and affects the contemporary Jewish experience.

Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 8 pm South Africa
Runs: November 11 – December 16, 2020
Number of Lessons: 5
Faculty: Yael Weinstein

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Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

Following the success of our opening series of Live from Israel, explore four new Jerusalem locations with Haim Aronovitz. Travel from the comfort of your home and gain a comprehensive picture of gems in the Holy City!

Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
Runs: November 17 – December 8, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

REGISTER NOW

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Jews and Non-Jews: Responsibilities, Relationships, and Realities

What are the relationships that have been forged between Jews and Non-Jews? What responsibilities exist between them? Ultimately, what are the realities that actually occur? Explore these questions and more in this discovery course.

Meets: Thursdays, 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, 8 am Australia next day
Runs: November 12 – December 10, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi David Glickman

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Yochi Rappeport

From the Voices of Women

The voices of women are an essential component of any excavation into Jewish history. The stories we will share expose our past and speak to our future. Take an exploratory journey to discover the narratives of Jewish women.

Meets: Mondays, 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
Runs: November 23 - December 14, 2020
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem, Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Dr. Nona Fienberg, Rabbi Sabine Meyer

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Online Signature Courses

Love, Loss and Wisdom

Love, Loss and Wisdom

There is no escaping it - at one time or another, death enters our lives. What wisdom or traditions can help us cope with this most challenging part of life? Join us as we study and discuss how Judaism helps us make sense of and deal with illness and death. In this six-session course, we’ll explore together the big questions.

1 Option Available Online

Members of the Tribe

Members of the Tribe

In this short six-session quest, we’ll dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: “What is the overarching purpose of Judaism?” 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 collective actions as individuals and as a people. 

1 Option Available Online

OMG, Can You Believe?!

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.

6 Options Available Online

Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life

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.

2 Options Available Online

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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion and culture, history and politics together with economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

2 Options Available Online

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

This ancient-era version of reality TV gives you a front row-seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues - straight from the Middle Ages. This course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters and daily interactions of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago. Join us for a journey of intrigue and adventure!

2 Options Available Online

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change. Students 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.

1 Option Available Online

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

Within its field, one of the most challenging frontiers is that of medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to it. The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, this course explores Jewish approaches to several 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and more.

3 Options Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

Leadership Defied and Defended (Numbers / BeMidbar)

The fateful journey of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness presented numerous tests for Moses and Aaron. Over and again their leadership was questioned with various personalities rising to challenge them. Utilizing literary tools often used in biblical scholarship, participants are inspired to pause, and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative so familiar to us.

1 Option Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot Part II)

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.

3 Options Available Online

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

This course draws from text and history exploring how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs looking at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation to name a few. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities which they would like to explore in greater depth.

1 Option Available Online

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

The Long Goodbye (Deuteronomy / Devarim)

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.

5 Options Available Online

The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

Jews and Muslims have co-existed both peacefully and contentiously for more than a millennium. During the first thousand years, it was better to live under Muslim rule than Christian; later, the relationship deteriorated, particularly in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peaceably and often productively. This course examines the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

2 Options Available Online

Focusing our attention on some of the world’s oldest and most profound stories, the Shiv’im Panim (70 Faces) series highlights 70-text selections from the Jewish Bible. Based on the tradition that the Torah has 70 ways of interpreting and understanding it, this curriculum features a multi-faceted approach to Torah study utilizing:  •	Modern and classical commentaries  •	Textual interpretations by rabbis, scholars, artists, and poets •	Opportunities to learn key Hebrew vocabulary •	uncovering the real-life implications of the story’s contemporary relevancy  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

The Story of the First Jewish Family (Genesis / Bereshit Part II)

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.

3 Options Available Online

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    Prayer: Then and Now

    Has the pandemic challenged your view of prayer? How has it impacted the liturgical lives of our communities? Explore the meaning of prayer and more through modern and traditional texts in this poignant course.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 11 am Australia next day
    Runs: December 9 – 16, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 2
    Faculty: Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz

    REGISTER NOW

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    Two Centuries of Modern Anti-Semitism: Tracing Hate

    As anti-Semitism flourishes, questions continue to arise about this age-old hatred with modern overtones? Discover how the 19th century term became the new form of Jew hatred and affects the contemporary Jewish experience.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 8 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 11 – December 16, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 5
    Faculty: Yael Weinstein

    REGISTER NOW

    Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

    Live From Jerusalem (Season 2)

    Following the success of our opening series of Live from Israel, explore four new Jerusalem locations with Haim Aronovitz. Travel from the comfort of your home and gain a comprehensive picture of gems in the Holy City!

    Meets: Tuesdays, 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern and 5 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 17 – December 8, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

    REGISTER NOW

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    Jews and Non-Jews: Responsibilities, Relationships, and Realities

    What are the relationships that have been forged between Jews and Non-Jews? What responsibilities exist between them? Ultimately, what are the realities that actually occur? Explore these questions and more in this discovery course.

    Meets: Thursdays, 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, 8 am Australia next day
    Runs: November 12 – December 10, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi David Glickman

    REGISTER NOW

    Yochi Rappeport

    From the Voices of Women

    The voices of women are an essential component of any excavation into Jewish history. The stories we will share expose our past and speak to our future. Take an exploratory journey to discover the narratives of Jewish women.

    Meets: Mondays, 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern, 7 pm South Africa
    Runs: November 23 - December 14, 2020
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi Michele Faudem, Dr. Shelley Buxbaum, Dr. Nona Fienberg, Rabbi Sabine Meyer

    REGISTER NOW

  • Love, Loss and Wisdom

    Love, Loss and Wisdom

    There is no escaping it - at one time or another, death enters our lives. What wisdom or traditions can help us cope with this most challenging part of life? Join us as we study and discuss how Judaism helps us make sense of and deal with illness and death. In this six-session course, we’ll explore together the big questions.

    1 Option Available Online

    Members of the Tribe

    Members of the Tribe

    In this short six-session quest, we’ll dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: “What is the overarching purpose of Judaism?” 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 collective actions as individuals and as a people. 

    1 Option Available Online

    OMG, Can You Believe?!

    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.

    6 Options Available Online

    Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life

    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.

    2 Options Available Online

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    Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion and culture, history and politics together with economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

    2 Options Available Online

    Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

    Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

    This ancient-era version of reality TV gives you a front row-seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues - straight from the Middle Ages. This course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters and daily interactions of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago. Join us for a journey of intrigue and adventure!

    2 Options Available Online

    Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

    Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

    This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change. Students 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.

    1 Option Available Online

    Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

    Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

    Within its field, one of the most challenging frontiers is that of medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to it. The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, this course explores Jewish approaches to several 21st century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and more.

    3 Options Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    Leadership Defied and Defended (Numbers / BeMidbar)

    The fateful journey of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness presented numerous tests for Moses and Aaron. Over and again their leadership was questioned with various personalities rising to challenge them. Utilizing literary tools often used in biblical scholarship, participants are inspired to pause, and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative so familiar to us.

    1 Option Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    Revelation and Revolution (Exodus / Shemot Part II)

    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.

    3 Options Available Online

    Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

    Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice

    This course draws from text and history exploring how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs looking at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation to name a few. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities which they would like to explore in greater depth.

    1 Option Available Online

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    The Long Goodbye (Deuteronomy / Devarim)

    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.

    5 Options Available Online

    The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

    The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

    Jews and Muslims have co-existed both peacefully and contentiously for more than a millennium. During the first thousand years, it was better to live under Muslim rule than Christian; later, the relationship deteriorated, particularly in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peaceably and often productively. This course examines the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

    2 Options Available Online

    Focusing our attention on some of the world’s oldest and most profound stories, the Shiv’im Panim (70 Faces) series highlights 70-text selections from the Jewish Bible. Based on the tradition that the Torah has 70 ways of interpreting and understanding it, this curriculum features a multi-faceted approach to Torah study utilizing:  •	Modern and classical commentaries  •	Textual interpretations by rabbis, scholars, artists, and poets •	Opportunities to learn key Hebrew vocabulary •	uncovering the real-life implications of the story’s contemporary relevancy  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

    The Story of the First Jewish Family (Genesis / Bereshit Part II)

    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.

    3 Options Available Online

Online class recordings are available.

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