Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Melton School of Adult Learning

Louisville’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning promotes Jewish literacy in an open, pluralistic, egalitarian and stimulating environment. Students come from Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and unaffiliated backgrounds.

Year I Core Curriculum

Tues., Sept. 8-June 7 | 6:30-9 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 10-June 9 | 9:30 a.m.-noon
at Adath Jeshurun
The Purposes of Jewish Living (25 Lessons)
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 response to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.
The Rhythms of Jewish Living (25 Lessons)
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 of underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances and Jewish practice.

Year II Core Curriculum

Tues., Sept. 8-June 7 | 6:30-9 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 10-June 9 | 9:30 a.m.-noon
at Adath Jeshurun
Crossroads of Jewish History (25 Lessons)
This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny.
The Ethics of Jewish Living (25 Lessons)
How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum

Advanced Ethics (10 Lessons)
Tuesdays 6:30-7:40 p.m. | Sept. 8-Jan. 5
Thursdays 10:50-noon | Sept. 10-Jan. 7
at Adath Jeshurun

Every class in Ethics of Jewish Living ended before we we’d dug out every insight and concluded every discussion. There is no end to ethics. Everything matters. Everything we do affects others and the world, every choice has implications. Jewish tradition can give guidance in how to approach, if not how to decide, many of these.

Advanced Ethics will take topics we wanted to go into in more depth, plus other topics we haven’t yet addressed. We will examine texts from the Jewish tradition and contemporary sources. Mostly though, we’ll be taking our own understanding to a deeper level so that we know what we believe, what we think and why.

Jews in America (10 Lessons)
Tuesday 7:50-9 p.m.
Sept. 8-Jan. 5
at Adath Jeshurun
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. Lessons 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.

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (20 Lessons)
Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Sept. 10-March 17
at Adath Jeshurun
This timely course provides a text-based overview from the late 19th century through today. Students will be encouraged to discuss, debate and appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict.

Genesis (20 Lessons)
Thursdays 9:30-10:40 a.m.
Sept. 10-March 17
Through study of 70 different Torah passages, students encounter the development of varying interpretations, the influences of existing historical realities at the time of their composition and the contemporary implications of these perspectives on their own lives. Gensis will cover Bereshit I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations and Bereshit II: The Story of the First Jewish Family.

What Makes the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Unique?

Commitment to Learning
Students enroll in a two-year course that meets one day a week throughout the academic year. There are no exams and no homework. The only requirement is a commitment to learn and participate. Students have all kinds of backgrounds in Jewish learning. Melton will stimulate and provoke your thinking no matter what your level of Jewish literacy.

Four groups of texts make up the two-year curriculum. The courses are written by a team of experts at the Hebrew University’s Melton Center for Jewish Education – the world’s largest academic center for Jewish education.

Quality Teaching and Learning
Louisville Melton teachers are in a class of their own and their excellence has been recognized by the national Melton headquarters.

For more information, contact Melton Director, Deborah Slosberg at (502) 458-5359 or

Scholarships will be available. Contact Deborah Slosberg for more information.

For questions about registering over the phone, please call (502) 459-0660. Online registration is also available.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is sponsored by Congregation Adath Jeshurun in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center and with support from Congregation Anshei Sfard, Keneseth Israel Congregation, Temple Shalom and The Temple. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville and the Dorothy Levy Memorial Fund. Scholarships provided by the Jewish Federation of Louisville.