WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS – Following two successful years, Melton Year One classes are again being offered this fall. The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is a comprehensive adult education program, sponsored by Temple Beth El, Springfield Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and Jewish Endowment Foundation.
Classes are being offered in Springfield either Monday mornings, 9 – 11:15 a.m. or Monday evenings 7- 9 p.m. for 30 weeks beginning Oct. 10. All classes are held at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, Neal Webber Building, 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield. The instructors are Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz ( who also serves as Western Massachusetts director of Melton) Dalia Davis and Shoshana Zonderman.
Following a hiatus of four years, the Melton Adult Mini-School is also being offered this fall in Northampton. The course will be offered in Northampton on Wednesday evenings 7 – 9:15 p.m. for 30 weeks beginning on Oct. 26. All classes will be held in the library at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St. in Northampton. No prior knowledge is necessary, and interfaith family members are especially welcome to enroll.
Shoshana Zonderman is the coordinator for the course in Northampton, and she served as a Melton instructor in Northampton from 2004-2007. In addition to Zonderman, the instructors in Northampton include Rabbi Katz, Dalia Davis, Rabbi Justin David, Rabbi Devorah Jacobson and Rabbi Riqi Kosovske.
The cost of the course is $360. This may be paid in advance or in three payments of $130 each. Financial subsidies are available, upon request. No student will be turned away due to financial issues.
The Melton Year One course follows the following curriculum:
Rhythms – 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 underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.
Purposes – 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 sources both ancient and modern in pursuit of answers to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.
Classes are filling up, so those who are interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Lisa in the Temple Beth El office at (413) 733-4149.