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A New Spin on Hanukkah

Happy HanukkahFour facinating lessons taught by Melton staff.

Prayer: Then and Now

Man praying 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, taught by Rabbi Amy Wallk-Katz.


Building Sacred Space

Mezuzah on doorpostSacred space has always been a part of the Jewish tradition. Beginning in the era of the Torah and continuing until today – space – and its holiness has helped maintain the Jewish people. Discover the unique aspects of Jewish spaces in this exploratory course, taught by Rabbi Michele Faudem.

The Haftarah Unrolled

haftorah iStock Volodymyr ZakharovHaftarah can be viewed as the earliest commentary on each Torah Portion.

  • Parshat Noah – In this lesson, we mine the Haftarah of Noah for new perspectives regarding the challenges of dealing with societal failure and redemption. Taught by Kira Sirote
    (Recorded 22 October 2020)

Through the Lens of Jews: An American Story

American Revolution 500Two facinating lessons taught by Joellyn Zollman, Melton Travel Seminars.

  • 1776: The Revolution and American Jewish Life - What roles did American Jews play in the American Revolution? What did America’s revolutionary ideals of democracy and representation mean for Jews and Judaism? This lecture follows American Jews as soldiers and citizens of a new nation. (Recorded 5 August 2020)
  • 1861: The Civil War and American Jewish Life - This lecture examines the events of the Civil War though the lens of the Jewish experience. In this process we will expand our knowledge of the 19th century American Jewish community and deepen our understanding of American history. (Recorded 12 August 2020)

Breaking Boundaries: Insights Into a Changing Israel

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Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars, examines two central issues on the Israeli agenda through background learning, interviews, and discussion.

  • Session 1 – The COVID-19 Crisis and Israeli Society (recorded 9 July 2002)
  • Session 2 – The Possibility of Annexation (recorded 23 July 2020)

A Jewish Approach to Climate Change

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  • July 16 lesson led by Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and its Jewish Eco Seminars branch in Israel

Flights of the Imagination

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  • May Session 1 – Longing for Jerusalem, led by Haim Aronovitz, Director of Melton Travel Seminars (recorded 14 May 2020)
  • May Session 2 – A Visit to the Jerusalem of Sefarad: Toledo, led by Haim Aronovitz (recorded 21 May 2020)
  • June Session 1 – Jewish settlement to American shores, led by Joellyn Wallen Zollman, Melton Travel Seminars,  recorded 11 June 2020)
  • June Session 2 – Two early American Jewish settlements: Charleston and Savannah, led by Joellyn Wallen Zollman  (recorded 18 June 2020)

Melton Beit Midrash

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Sessions are lead by Rabbi Marianne Novak:

  • Session 1 – Taking Care of Ourselves - Sh'mirat HaGuf, Caring for One's Body (recorded 6 May 2020)
  • Session 2 – Extending Gemilut Chasadim (recorded 13 May 2020)
  • Session 3 – For You or For Me - Individual or Community (recorded 20 May 2020)
  • Session 4 – The holiday of Shavuot (recorded 27 May 2020)

Inspiration Insights from the Rabbi's Study

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  • Session 1 – Finding Meaning in Prayer in the Time of COVID-10 with Rabbi Richard Camras (recorded 7 May 2020)
  • Session 2 – A Textual Feeling: If the Earth is the Lord's, What is Mine? with Rabbi David Steinhardt (recorded 28 May 2020)
  • Session 3 – Superman vs Spiderman: Who is the REAL Jewish Superhero? with Rabbi Neil Zuckerman (recorded 4 June 2020)
  • Session 4 –  Self Respect as the Key to Mutual Respect  with Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz (25 June 2020)

Melton Sampler

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  • Lesson 1 – from "The Holocaust Through Diaries and Memoirs" taught by Dr. Nona Fienberg (recorded 4 May 2020)
  • Lesson 2 – from "Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society" taught by Gerri Patterson (recorded 11 May 2020)
  • Lesson 3 – from "The Star and The Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations" taught by Benzy Kogen (recorded 18 May 2020)
  • Lesson 4 – from "Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" taught by Yael Weinstein (recorded 25 May 2020)

Freedom is a State of Mind: Passover 2020

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Lessons taught by Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz, Melton International Director:

  • Lesson 1 – Yetziat Mitzrayim: The Exodus from Egypt – Then and Today (recorded 23 March 2020)
  • Lesson 2 – Pesach Mitzrayim: The First Passover (recorded 30 March 2020)
  • Lesson 3 – The Passover Seder: This Year and Always (recorded 6 April 2020)

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