Melton at Holy Blossom
What is Melton?
A Worldwide and High-Quality Program for Adult Jewish Study- a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 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.”
Who can attend Melton?
Melton is open to anyone in the Jewish community (members or non-members of HBT) who want 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 Holy Blossom Temple clergy and other specially trained, clergy and educators.
How often does Melton meet?
The core curriculum is taught once a week for two hours, twenty-five weeks a year, for two years. The class will be offered on Tuesday evenings for the Core course, Year 1. The course is called, Rhythms of Jewish Living and Purposes of Jewish Living. Year 2 will be Crossroads of Jewish History and Ethics of Jewish Living. Class descriptions can be found below.
What if I can’t commit to two years?
Fair enough. Come for one year. We think you’ll be hooked.
What happens at the end of the two years?
Students will “graduate” Melton and be honoured at a special Graduation Ceremony where they will receive certificates.
Can I keep studying after I graduate?
Of course! We hope to continue to offer Melton Scholar Courses in years to come. There are numerous options in the Melton curriculum.
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.
What am I going to learn?
No Prerequisites, Open to All
- The Purposes of Jewish Living: Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.
- The Rhythms of Jewish Living: What’s the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, life-cycle observances, and Jewish practice.