The Melton School
Turn it, Turn it, for Everything is in It
FREE Sample Class
Wednesday, August 30 | 10 am
Sample the program that everyone is talking about and satisfy your hunger for Jewish knowledge with our well-balanced approach to adult Jewish learning! Plus, new students who register for first-year core Melton between August 30 - September 3, 2017 receive a 25% discount off of tuition costs.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Melton Director Rachelle Weiss Crane at [email protected] or 214-239-7128.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a global network of 60 community-based schools that offer adults an opportunity to gain Jewish literacy in a non-denominational, intellectually-stimulating learning environment. The JCC offers a two-year program to adults in the Dallas area.
The curriculum, created by scholars at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explores the texts of Jewish tradition, both ancient and contemporary. Join us for spirited dialogue, meaningful study, and the opportunity to gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish.
Testimonials from former Melton students
"Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed listening to all your wisdom in the [Melton Foundations] class. The book is good and you are great! I really look forward to our next class."
"This was my first involvement with the Melton School but it won't be my last...definitely succeeded in giving me a better understanding and appreciation of how to interpret, apply and continually learn the core values of Judaism...and apply to current everyday family life."
Questions? Contact Rachelle Weiss Crane, Melton Director 214-239-7128 (phone) 214-368-4709 (fax) [email protected]
The first hour, Rhythms of Jewish Living, focuses on the ideas, beliefs and practices that shape a Jewish life. It examines tradition and ritual observances connected to the Jewish calendar, along with life cycle events. The second hour, Purposes of Jewish Living, concentrates on the ultimate purposes of Judaism and the development of the covenant with G-d as revealed through the Bible and other sacred texts.
One hour is devoted to Crossroads of Jewish History as a tool to strengthen Jewish memory. It is an interactive study of a broad range of historical texts relating to specific dramas in Jewish history. The second hour, Ethics of Jewish Living, is a text-centered approach to the study of Jewish ethical foundations and includes discussions relating to justice, the sanctity of life, death, sexuality and community.
Honu Frankel Chapter of The Florence Melton Adult School Alumni Association
We celebrate Honu's life and commitment to high quality adult Jewish education by honoring her memory and her love of learning. Honu's family worked closely with Rachelle Weiss Crane and Annie Glickman to create this lasting tribute. The funds contributed provide for tuition assistance, faculty development, guest speakers and other important initiatives in Dallas, all of which will sustain the Adult School for years to come.
To become a member online of the Honu Frankel Chapter of The Florence Melton Adult School Alumni Association of Dallas, please contact Rachel Weiss Crane at [email protected].
Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
Red strings, Madonna, Demi Moore, scanning Hebrew letters - this is what many people associate with Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. But you want to get a deeper, more accurate and academically reliable understanding of what for centuries has been esoteric knowledge available only to a chosen few. This course will give you the framework to understand the development of Jewish mysticism, the texts that have been so central to that tradition, and clarify what Kabbalah is and isn't. While grounded in scholarship, each class will include components that will address the deepest mysteries of human existence and many of life's eternal and universal questions. No homework. No grades. Know Judaism!
Thursdays | 7 - 8:30 pm
October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, January 4, 11
Instructor: Laura Seymour
Location: Congregation Tiferet Israel
J Members: $255
Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli conflict
Melton Scholars Curriculum
This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity, and survival - all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs, and memoirs. The 20-lesson course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold. No homework. No grades. Know Judaism!
Wednesdays | 7 - 8:30 pm | 20, 90-minute classes
January 3 - May 30 (no class April 4)
Instructor: Gerri Patterson
Location: Aaron Family JCC
J Members: $410
Text book: $75 all students