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.

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Year I Core Curriculum

Tuesday evenings, taught by Rabbi Stanley Miles and Rabbi Robert Slosberg
Thursday mornings, taught by Rabbi Michael Wolk and Cantor David Lipp
Sept. 2, 2014-June 4, 2015
The Purposes of Jewish Living (30 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 (30 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

Tuesday evenings, taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger and Cantor David Lipp
Thursday mornings, taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger and Deborah Slosberg
Sept. 2, 2014-June 4, 2015
The Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages (30 Lessons)
What are the lessons and dilemmas of Jewish history, from the earliest wanderings of Abraham to the modern experiment in Jewish statehood? How do the turning points in Jewish history influence our lives today? This course investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present.
The Ethics of Jewish Living (30 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

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity (10 Lessons)
Tuesday evenings, taught by Rabbi Michael Wolk
Sept. 2-Dec. 2, 2014
This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Students gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel and post-denominationalism on the movements and the Jewish people.

Exodus I: From Slavery to Sinai (10 Lessons)
Tuesday Evening taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger
Thursday Morning taught by Professor Ed Segal
Sept. 2-Dec. 4, 2014
This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharaoh’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (10 Lessons)
Thursday Morning taught by Professor Ed Segal
Jan. 8-March 19, 2015
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.

Mysticism & Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism (10 Lessons)
Tuesday Evening taught by Rabbi Michael Wolk
Jan. 6-March 17, 2015
Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a “closed book.”  This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life’s universal questions.

Exodus II: Revelation & Revolution (10 Lessons)
Tuesday Option taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger
Thursday Option taught by Professor Ed Segal
Jan. 6-March 19, 2015
This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from the awe-inspiring encounter at Mount Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation in “Ten Commandments,“ “Encountering God,” and “Face to Face with God” are sharply contrasted with the low points of the “Golden Calf: Revolt or Reversion.” The text addresses some of the specific laws and regulations that were to become part of Jewish living as well as the meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives today.

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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.