SPRINGFIELD — Join adults from all backgrounds for The Florence Melton School of Adult Education, a program of weekly, two-hour classes that take a non-denominational approach to Judaism. Melton is a university-quality program of Judaic studies with a systemic, written curriculum integrating Jewish practices, holidays, history, ethics, ideas and values using primary Jewish texts in English to deepen knowledge. The curriculum was developed by educators at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is part of an international network of more than 60 schools with more than 25,000 adult student graduates worldwide.
The Melton School core curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons, studied over two years. There is no homework, no tests, and no prerequisites. In Springfield, the program is sponsored by Temple Beth El, the Springfield Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. Both morning and evening classes will be held on Thursdays, starting Oct. 1. Morning classes will be held from 9 – 11 a.m. at Heritage Academy, 594 Converse St. in Longmeadow. Evening classes will be held from 7- 9 p.m. at Jewish Geriatric Services, 770 Converse St. in Longmeadow. Tuition is $360 plus a mandatory Melton registration fee of $75 for those who register by July 31, and $460 plus the $75 fee for those who register after that date. Financial subsidies are available upon request. The classes will be taught by Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz, Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, and Dalia Davis.
The following Year I courses will be offered:
Rhythms of Jewish Living – This 30-week course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.
Purposes of Jewish Living – This 30-week course explores sources both ancient and modern in pursuit of answers to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.
Class sizes are limited, and participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.
For more information about the Melton program or to request a registration form, contact Lisa in the Temple Beth El office at (413) 733-4149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.