Melton

At Central Synagogue

What is Melton?

Named for Florence Melton, its founder, Melton is an internationally renowned, formal program for adult Jewish study. It offers a well-rounded and sophisticated approach and provides a comprehensive exploration of Jewish thought, practice, ethics and history utilizing a cross-denominational curriculum. It is designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice – there is no Hebrew knowledge required, nor are there tests, grades or homework. In its 30 plus years, the Melton program has graduated more than 30,000 students from its classes in “mini schools” all over the world. Hailed as “the best of the best adult Jewish education,” Central Synagogue created its Melton Mini School in 2012 and has graduated more than 125 of our own Central students. Detailed descriptions of the classes we offer can be found below.

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Who can attend Melton?

Melton is open to anyone in the Jewish community (members or non-members of Central) who wants to study on a regular basis and acquire a comprehensive foundation of Jewish literacy. It is appropriate for all levels of students (no Hebrew knowledge is required) and there are no prerequisites for Year 1.

Who teaches Melton?

Our faculty consists of Central Synagogue clergy and other specially trained, New York-based clergy and educators.

Are there any other perks?

Yes! Not only will Melton provide you with an outstanding Jewish education, participating in it is also a wonderful way to meet new people and become part of your own small community. We find that our Melton students develop long-lasting friendships amongst themselves and strong bonds with their instructors. We also host a large, festive Shabbat dinner for Melton students and their families.


What am I going to learn?

Jewish Medical Ethics

Tuesdays, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
October 20–December 22, 2020
Taught by Rabbi Dan Ross

Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., Jewish Medical Ethics is a curriculum developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning that explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging 21st-century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.

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Jewish Denominations: Challenges of Modernity

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Dates: Tuesdays, September 10 – November 26, 2019 (Snow Day: December 3; no class 10/1, 10/8
Taught by Educator Harman Grossman

Using a curriculum developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, we will gain insights into the historical and ideological developments of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist Judaism and ask how those developments speak to us today.

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