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 all backgrounds and faiths.

Core Curriculum Year One

The Purposes of Jewish Living (30 lessons)
Focusing on the big questions of Jewish thought and belief, this course explores both ancient and contemporary responses.

The Rhythms of Jewish Living (30 lessons)
This course examines a variety of significant classic and contemporary sources that reveal the breadth and depth of meaning to be found in Jewish holiday and lifecycle practices.

Tuesdays, September 5-May 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Thursdays. September 7-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-noon
$235

Core Curriculum Year Two

Crossroads of Jewish History (30 lessons)

Emphasizing the richness of Jewish memory, this chronological exploration focuses on the significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.

The Ethics of Jewish Living (30 lessons)
This course sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community.

Tuesdays, September 5-May 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Thursdays. September 7-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-noon
$235

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum

SHIV’IM PANIM-Seventy Faces of Wisdom
These deep explorations into the books of the Torah showcase the voices of traditional Jewish commentators, classic and modern midrash, and artistic understandings. This multi-layered study of Torah exposes students to the development of interpretation, historical influences, and contemporary perspectives from which they can draw deep levels of meaning.

Shemot I (10 lessons)
From Slavery to Sinai.
Tuesdays, Sept. 6-December 5, 7:50-9 p.m.
$125

Shemot II (10 lessons)
Revelation and Revolution.
Tuesdays, December 12-March 6, 7:50-9 p.m.
$125 ($50 if enrolled in part 1)

BeMidbar
10 lessons
Leadership Defied and Defended.
Thursdays, December 14-March 8, 9:30-10:40 a.m.
$125

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (20 lessons)
The complexity of the conflict forces students to wrestle with issues of religion, politics, history, culture, economics, identity, and survival – all reflected through primary sources.
Tuesdays, September 5-March 6, 6:30-7:40 p.m.
$175

Jews in America: Insiders & Outsiders, Part 2 (10 lessons)
(open to new students)
Covering an expanse of 200 years, this course considers the American Jewish experience from many angles, including challenges of anti-Semitism and acculturation, as well as successes in civil society and the flourishing of Jewish life. A continuation of the course taught in Spring 2017, however, students not enrolled in Jews in America in the spring 2017 term are welcome to take Part 2 prior to Part 1.
Thursdays, September 7-December 7, 10:50 a.m.-noon
$125 ($50 if enrolled in part 1)

The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam (10 lessons)
The historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.
Tuesdays, March 13-May 29, 6:30-7:40 p.m.
Thursdays, March 15-May 31, 9:30-10:40 a.m.
$125

Louisville Melton Only

Dramas 2 (10 lessons)
Ten NEW lessons from the Melton Core Curriculum Crossroads of Jewish History, which replaced The Dramas of Jewish Living. Communism and Anti-Zionism, the Ethiopian Journey – From Exodus to Integration, and Claiming a Jewish Woman’s Voice are three of the topics covered in this new course organized by Louisville Melton and approved by the Florence Melton School.
Thursdays, March 15-May 31, 10:50 a.m.-noon
$125

Ruth, Judith & Esther (10 lessons)-created and taught by Rabbi Metzger
All were beautiful, brave, willing to risk all for the sake of their people. Yet some made it into the Hebrew Bible and some did not. Why? Using the biblical books of Ruth and Esther and the stories of Judith and Susanna from the Apocrypha, we will look for clues to the nature of the heroines and the nature of their era to explain why some were chosen and some sidelined. We’ll talk about heroism and who decides.
Thursdays, September 7-December 7, 9:30-10:40 a.m.
$125

Seven Decades of Israeli Popular Music (10 lessons)-created & taught by Cantor David Lipp
If you want to understand a people’s way of thinking, you’ll study its history. If you want to understand its soul, you’ll listen to the music they love. The nefesh of the Israeli in relationship to the land, the diaspora and its neighbors will be surveyed and analyzed through the aural experience of the music which defined it.
Thursdays, December 14-March 8, 10:50 a.m.-noon
Tuesdays, March 13-May 29, 7:50-9 p.m.
$125

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

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 dslosberg@adathjeshurun.com.

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

For questions and registering over the phone, please call 502-458-5359. Online registration is also available above.

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.