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.

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum

Genesis II (10 Lessons)
Thurs. Mornings 9:30-10:40 a.m.
Jan. 14-March 31
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. Genesis will cover Bereshit I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations and
Bereshit II: The Story of the First Jewish Family.

Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism (10 Lessons)
Tues. Evening 6:30-7:40 p.m.
Thurs. Mornings 10:50-noon
Jan. 12-May 12
What is so compelling about Jewish Mysticism that interest rises every few generations, and why is it so esoteric than
interest wanes? What is the human need that the mystical tries to answer? How are we, whether mystically inclined or
not, to understand the texts that express the ineffable? These are the questions we’ll explore as we learn about the
history of Jewish mysticism, try to understand the spiritual needs of the searcher and delve into a selection of classic
and current mystical writings.

Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society (10 Lessons)
Tues. Evening 7:50-9 p.m.
Jan. 12-March 15
This course offers a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the birth of the State in 1948. Participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest and proud. Reflections of the
mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that are challenging and self-critical, and offer profound insight into
the Israeli national psyche.

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.