News & Notes

Site Spotlight: Ottawa

With in-person activities strictly suspended in Canada, Ottawa's Jewish community has stayed connected by expanding online learning opportunities through the Melton School. Rabbi Steve Garten, the Mel...

How To: Create a Facebook Fundraiser for Your Birthday

Although birthdays are a time for gift-giving, some find supporting charities to be a meaningful gift that inspires others within their community. If you're interested in raising funds for the Melton ...

Melton Establishes Rabbinic Council

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning continues to innovate with the announcement of its newly established "Rabbinic Council," composed of a select group of congregational rabbis from ac...

Melton’s Houston Partner Brings Round Table Learning to its Diverse Community

Melton's partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC) in Houston is a powerful combination, providing an engaging curriculum taught by outstanding faculty in a welcoming comm...

Melton Travel Update: Haim & Andrea

As we look beyond the pandemic to a brighter and more stable future, we sat down with Haim and Andrea to look at upcoming plans for Melton Travel. The first seminar since November 2019 took place in C...

Houston pilot project aims to bringing Jewish denominations closer

When the Pew Research Center released its survey of Jewish attitudes in the United States in 2021, one finding jumped out at observers. Although a significant majority of American Jews feel connected ...

Site Spotlight: Melton Pasadena

The Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center (PJTC) is home to a thriving Melton site driven by an engaged community of learners. Director Judy Callahan brought Melton to PJTC after 36 years of directing B...

Site Spotlight: Trans-Tasman Hub

The Trans-Tasman Hub, a Melton learning region that includes Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, connects the curious across huge distances through the light of Jewish learning. Rabbi Noam Hayman, Direc...

Spanning generations, a mother and daughter reach back into the Jewish people’s recent past

As living witnesses to the Holocaust dwindle, contemporary written accounts become ever more important. For writers living through those hellish years, diaries and memoirs were simultaneous outlet and...

What rain in the sukkah can teach us about resilience

A feeling of "this is not how it was supposed to be" permeates our sukkah this year.Sukkot is supposed to be a time of abundance, but this Sukkot seems to be, instead, a time of grave concern. Like ra...

Meeting the Moment with Melton

Melton is proud to be creating a new learning opportunity designed to respond to current events happening around the globe. Meeting the Moment with Melton will showcase Jewish wisdom that can help fra...

Adult Jewish Learning as we enter 5782

Melton is starting 5782 off with a contribution to a group article for eJewishPhilanthropy on the state of Jewish education entering this new year.Introduction by David Bryfman, CEO, The Jewish Educat...

Meet Honorable Meltonian: Lesley Simpson

"With me, a little learning is a dangerous thing" Lesley Simpson, a journalist from Hamilton, Ontario, considers herself a kind of Curious George. It was that curiosity that set her on a path of Jewis...

(Re) New on the Scene: Melton Denver

"We have such a rich community of adult learners here at Temple Emanuel – people of all ages and backgrounds who truly value Jewish learning." says Rabbi Hyatt. "The introduction of Melton into our co...

Interview with Rabbi Dr. Jill Hammer: Author of “Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through…

Can you tell us more about the Melton course you wrote, "Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash"? The course covers 16 biblical heroines, examining their stories and voices through ...

Opinion: Coming apart at the seams - the darkest data from the Pew Report

The bottom line is that while a significant majority of American Jews feel connected to Israelis, they don't feel the same kinship with their American coreligionists who identify differently.  By...

Melton Cape Town “Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries & Memoirs” Testimonials

Peter Houston "The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust is too much to comprehend when presented with statistics. This Melton course has made it personal for me. The raw, unfiltered stories from diaries h...

Site Spotlight: Cape Town, South Africa

Viv Anstey, Melton Cape Town Director, together with Lauren Snitcher (Marketing & Recruitment) have built the site into a respected, beloved resource for the community and beyond, collaborating wi...