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.”
Frequently Asked Questions
A: 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.
A: Our faculty consists of Holy Blossom Temple clergy and other specially trained, clergy and educators.
A: 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.
A: Fair enough. Come for one year. We think you’ll be hooked.
A: Students will “graduate” Melton and be honoured at a special Graduation Ceremony where they will receive certificates.
A: Of course! We hope to continue to offer Melton Scholar Courses in years to come. There are numerous options in the Melton curriculum.
A: 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.