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If you have not yet heard about our program via The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, you are missing out! You may suggest that you don’t need to be a part of every trend, but this one is a very good one!

The Melton program truly offers its students a new way of looking at each and every experience. Each course offered suggests some new nuance for families. I hear over and over how taking the course has “changed our family’s’ life.” It has “enriched our Shabbat and holiday table, it has deepened the way in which I look at others and relate to them.”

Taking time for you is another commodity. Few of us have the opportunity to do something nice for ourselves. The Melton courses allow you to do so. And by doing something for yourself, you will see the ripple effect that you will have on those around you. It is overwhelming the change that can happen.

We offer a number of Melton options:

Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides parents raising Jewish children with a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. The curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey. This rich learning experience enables parents to bring the Jewish conversation home to share with their young child. Join Rabbi Helfman on Sunday mornings beginning September 15 or Monday mornings beginning September 16 for ten-week sessions, to share the benefit of this program.

The Melton School Core Curriculum is the signature two-year course of study that provides adults with a comprehensive understanding of Jewish thought, practice and history. This transformative learning experience gives adults a framework in which to integrate previous and future learning while also challenging its students to find their voice amidst our diverse tradition. The core curriculum is comprised of four text-based courses that integrate Jewish philosophy, ritual, ethics, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life. We offer Year One and Year Two this year which should be taken in sequence. The Core courses begin on October 29 for 25 weeks.

Learn more about Melton here

We will also be offering Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion in January with our own Dr. Yoel Abells.

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life—issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of 21st-century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.

We are also offering a Taste of Melton so if you are hesitant about joining a course, this is an opportunity to try it out. It will give you an idea, a taste, of the teaching style and pace and activity of the class. Taste of Melton is on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 7:30 PM.

So, it is great to be a part of a trend if it is great for you……this one certainly is! If you have any questions on any of these courses, please contact me at [email protected]

Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing summer.


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