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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Tales from the Talmud: Whispers from the Past

Jewish sages created the Talmud as a guide to Jewish law that has been studied and used to live a halachic life. These teachings have guided the Jewish people for over a millennium, but the Talmud is so much more than just a code of law. Within the pages of the 63 tractates of the Talmud, arguments and stories are preserved. These stories leap off the pages giving us the ability to glean a deeper understanding of the personalities and the lives of those who wrote the Talmud. Explore these tales of the Talmudic sages with Rabbi Greg Alexander.

Meets: Thursdays, 90 minutes, 9 a.m. Pacific | 12 p.m. Eastern | 7 p.m. South Africa
Runs: March 11, 2021
Number of Lessons: 1
Faculty: Rabbi Greg Alexander

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Women of the Exodus: Resistance and Grace

The women of the Exodus stories are instrumental in bringing liberation to the Hebrews.  Through midwifery and courage, misdirection and trickery, private acts and public ones, they make redemption possible.  We will study biblical texts and midrashim on these women— the midwives Shifrah and Puah, the mother and daughter Yocheved and Miriam, and Pharaoh’s daughter— and consider Jewish tradition’s view of them.  We’ll also share our own perceptions of them through discussion and a creative writing exercise.  We’ll develop greater intimacy with the women characters of the first chapters of Exodus, in preparation for Passover.  

Meets: Monday, 90 minutes, 4 p.m. Pacific | 7 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 11 a.m. Australia
Runs: March 22, 2021
Number of Lessons: 1
Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Jill Hammer

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Live From Israel: Tel Aviv-Yafo

The city of Yafo has nestled on the Mediterranean coast for thousands of years. From the late 1800s on, members of its growing Jewish population decided to start an adjacent Hebrew suburb that was to develop into one of the world’s most modern, international, and innovative cities... Tel Aviv. Join Haim Aronovitz on a series of live tours through old Yafo and into the metropolis which is the heart of commercial and cultural life in contemporary Israel. We will walk along familiar streets and alleyways, leaving you with a strong desire to return to "the White City".

Meets: Tuesdays, 90 minutes, 8 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. South Africa
Runs: March 2 – March 23, 2021
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

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Dynamic Duos: Interviews with People Who Inspire Us

Are you excited by new possibilities? Are you looking for inspiration? If yes, look no further than these interviews hosted by Melton Executive Director Rabbi Rachel Bovitz and International Director Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz. You will hear heart-warming stories, experience uplifting moments with four dynamic power couples who make the impossible look possible and the daunting become reality. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet the men and women who are influencing our world today and the issues that are deeply important to the Jewish people and the global community.

Meets: Wednesdays, 90 minutes, 10 a.m. Pacific | 1 p.m. Eastern | 8 p.m. South Africa
Runs: March 3 – March 24, 2021
Number of Lessons: 4

  • March 3 – Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber and Michelle Farber
  • March 10 – Rabbi Joanna Samuels and Jeremy Hockenstein
  • March 17 – Maayan and Gil Hoffman
  • March 24 – Harriett Rossetto & Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Read full bios here.

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Today's Ethical Challenges: Navigating with a Jewish Compass

Where does justice and equity meet according to our own experience and in the framework of Judaism? How do you place yourself in the context of communal obligation when we live in a more individualistic society? How do these questions effect issues such the Jewish view of access to health care and what the denominations say about gender and sexual identity? Grapple with these personal topics by using a Jewish ethical and moral compass in this powerful course taught by Chicago’s beloved faculty member Rabbi Yehoshuah Ben-Avraham (Yaba).

Meets: Wednesdays, 90 minutes, 4 p.m. Pacific | 7 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 11 a.m. Australia
Runs: March 3 – March 24, 2021
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham

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What Gives Me Hope: Insights from Our Rabbis

Our Sages, Our Teachers, Our Leaders are a fundamental component to living a Jewish life. Historically, the sages as a collective have also given hope to the Jewish people, offered wisdom, and maintained individuals and communities through hardships of persecution, dispersal, and even disease. In these moments of sorrow and fear, in the midst of a global pandemic and political upheaval, join our sages of today. Four contemporary Rabbis from Melton communities around the globe will help us gain insights, pass on wisdom, and sustain our hope.

Meets: Thursdays, 90 minutes, 5 p.m. Pacific | 8 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 12 p.m. Australia
Runs: March 4 – March 25, 2021
Number of Lessons: 4
Faculty: Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove, Rabbi Michael Siegel, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

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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. 

4 Options 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.

2 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

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

Artwork by Darius Gilmont

From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Genesis / Bereshit Part I)

The narratives of this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel, to the foundational tales of Abraham, Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion, and power, provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

2 Options Available Online

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The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs

This course is a literary journey into the world of Jewish communities and individuals as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them: It offers a profound and extensive record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered throughout the years until today. A remarkable insight into the struggle for survival, the unforgettable images help us understand the real events of the Holocaust and its legacy for us in the present day.

1 Option 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.

2 Options 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.

4 Options Available Online

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

This course considers the challenges and opportunities of Jewish acculturation to American life. Classes explore such topics as the role of education, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, changing attitudes about Zionism and the State of Israel, and other issues that speak to American Jewish culture and identity.

1 Option 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.

2 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.

3 Options Available Online

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    Tales from the Talmud: Whispers from the Past

    Jewish sages created the Talmud as a guide to Jewish law that has been studied and used to live a halachic life. These teachings have guided the Jewish people for over a millennium, but the Talmud is so much more than just a code of law. Within the pages of the 63 tractates of the Talmud, arguments and stories are preserved. These stories leap off the pages giving us the ability to glean a deeper understanding of the personalities and the lives of those who wrote the Talmud. Explore these tales of the Talmudic sages with Rabbi Greg Alexander.

    Meets: Thursdays, 90 minutes, 9 a.m. Pacific | 12 p.m. Eastern | 7 p.m. South Africa
    Runs: March 11, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 1
    Faculty: Rabbi Greg Alexander

    REGISTER NOW

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    Women of the Exodus: Resistance and Grace

    The women of the Exodus stories are instrumental in bringing liberation to the Hebrews.  Through midwifery and courage, misdirection and trickery, private acts and public ones, they make redemption possible.  We will study biblical texts and midrashim on these women— the midwives Shifrah and Puah, the mother and daughter Yocheved and Miriam, and Pharaoh’s daughter— and consider Jewish tradition’s view of them.  We’ll also share our own perceptions of them through discussion and a creative writing exercise.  We’ll develop greater intimacy with the women characters of the first chapters of Exodus, in preparation for Passover.  

    Meets: Monday, 90 minutes, 4 p.m. Pacific | 7 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 11 a.m. Australia
    Runs: March 22, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 1
    Faculty: Rabbi Dr. Jill Hammer

    REGISTER NOW

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    Live From Israel: Tel Aviv-Yafo

    The city of Yafo has nestled on the Mediterranean coast for thousands of years. From the late 1800s on, members of its growing Jewish population decided to start an adjacent Hebrew suburb that was to develop into one of the world’s most modern, international, and innovative cities... Tel Aviv. Join Haim Aronovitz on a series of live tours through old Yafo and into the metropolis which is the heart of commercial and cultural life in contemporary Israel. We will walk along familiar streets and alleyways, leaving you with a strong desire to return to "the White City".

    Meets: Tuesdays, 90 minutes, 8 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. South Africa
    Runs: March 2 – March 23, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Haim Aronovitz

    REGISTER NOW

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    Dynamic Duos: Interviews with People Who Inspire Us

    Are you excited by new possibilities? Are you looking for inspiration? If yes, look no further than these interviews hosted by Melton Executive Director Rabbi Rachel Bovitz and International Director Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz. You will hear heart-warming stories, experience uplifting moments with four dynamic power couples who make the impossible look possible and the daunting become reality. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet the men and women who are influencing our world today and the issues that are deeply important to the Jewish people and the global community.

    Meets: Wednesdays, 90 minutes, 10 a.m. Pacific | 1 p.m. Eastern | 8 p.m. South Africa
    Runs: March 3 – March 24, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 4

    • March 3 – Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber and Michelle Farber
    • March 10 – Rabbi Joanna Samuels and Jeremy Hockenstein
    • March 17 – Maayan and Gil Hoffman
    • March 24 – Harriett Rossetto & Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Read full bios here.

    REGISTER NOW

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    Today's Ethical Challenges: Navigating with a Jewish Compass

    Where does justice and equity meet according to our own experience and in the framework of Judaism? How do you place yourself in the context of communal obligation when we live in a more individualistic society? How do these questions effect issues such the Jewish view of access to health care and what the denominations say about gender and sexual identity? Grapple with these personal topics by using a Jewish ethical and moral compass in this powerful course taught by Chicago’s beloved faculty member Rabbi Yehoshuah Ben-Avraham (Yaba).

    Meets: Wednesdays, 90 minutes, 4 p.m. Pacific | 7 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 11 a.m. Australia
    Runs: March 3 – March 24, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham

    REGISTER NOW

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    What Gives Me Hope: Insights from Our Rabbis

    Our Sages, Our Teachers, Our Leaders are a fundamental component to living a Jewish life. Historically, the sages as a collective have also given hope to the Jewish people, offered wisdom, and maintained individuals and communities through hardships of persecution, dispersal, and even disease. In these moments of sorrow and fear, in the midst of a global pandemic and political upheaval, join our sages of today. Four contemporary Rabbis from Melton communities around the globe will help us gain insights, pass on wisdom, and sustain our hope.

    Meets: Thursdays, 90 minutes, 5 p.m. Pacific | 8 p.m. Eastern | Next Day 12 p.m. Australia
    Runs: March 4 – March 25, 2021
    Number of Lessons: 4
    Faculty: Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove, Rabbi Michael Siegel, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

    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. 

    4 Options 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.

    2 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

    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

    Artwork by Darius Gilmont

    From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Genesis / Bereshit Part I)

    The narratives of this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel, to the foundational tales of Abraham, Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion, and power, provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

    2 Options Available Online

    Image: iStock

    The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs

    This course is a literary journey into the world of Jewish communities and individuals as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them: It offers a profound and extensive record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered throughout the years until today. A remarkable insight into the struggle for survival, the unforgettable images help us understand the real events of the Holocaust and its legacy for us in the present day.

    1 Option 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.

    2 Options 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.

    4 Options Available Online

    Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

    Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders

    This course considers the challenges and opportunities of Jewish acculturation to American life. Classes explore such topics as the role of education, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, changing attitudes about Zionism and the State of Israel, and other issues that speak to American Jewish culture and identity.

    1 Option 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.

    2 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.

    3 Options Available Online

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