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.
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.
Our faculty consists of Central Synagogue clergy and other specially trained, New York-based clergy and educators.
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.
The second year of the Melton core program explores moments in Jewish history as they relate to our collective identity and delves into modern issues in Jewish ethics. Required Prerequisite: completion of Year 1 of Melton at Central or another Melton site.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates: Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 2019
Taught by Jewish Educator Lisa Lisser
This course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices, as well as the contributions, that have been made over the past 200 years. We will explore education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Dates: Tuesdays, September 10 – November 26, 2019 (Snow Day: December 3; no class 10/1, 10/8
Taught by Central Educator Rina Bergman
This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Mount Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation in “Ten Commandments,” “Encountering God,” and “Face to Face with God” are sharply contrasted with the low points of the “Golden Calf: Revolt or Reversion.” The text addresses some of the specific laws and regulations that were to become part of Jewish living as well as the meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives today.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: Mondays, October 28, 2019 - January 13, 2020 (Snow Day: January 27; no class 12/23, 12/30)
Taught by Central’s Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
Combining study of Jewish sources, history and action, this course will give participants a deeper understanding of the Jewish foundations of social justice, and a framework for navigating their moral choices.
Melton Shabbat Dinner is scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2020, starting at 7:30pm in the Pavilion. Melton Graduation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020 starting at 6:00pm, also in the Pavilion.
Year 2: $600
Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders: $125 (for 10-week course)
Shemot (Exodus) Part II - Revelation and Revolution: $125 (for 10-week course)
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism: $125 (for 10-week course)
Year 2: $750
Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders: $175 (for 10-week course)
Shemot (Exodus) Part II - Revelation and Revolution: $175 (for 10-week course)
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism: $175 (for 10-week course)
For all Melton courses, payment is due in full by credit card at the time of registration. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and members receive priority registration. Classes run contingent upon a minimum registration of 15 students per class. Our withdrawal policies are as follows…
Registration links coming shortly.
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