Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Classes


tbe education melton logoThe Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is an educational program for adults to study Judaism through Jewish texts, using a curriculum designed for adult learners.  There are no grades, no homework, and no tests.  The only prerequisite is a desire to gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish.  Students at all levels of knowledge and practice are encouraged to discuss and question in a welcoming, interactive environment.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a comprehensive adult education program, sponsored in Springfield by Temple Beth El, JGS Lifecare, and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.  Partial funding for the Melton program is provided by the Jewish Endowment Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

A Close Look at the Book of Exodus

This year, we have decided to teach the Melton Exodus class instead of the traditional Year Two curricula (Ethics and Jewish History). This class, taught by Rabbi Amy Katz, is open to anyone who would like to experience Torah study. You don’t need to know Hebrew to participate. In fact, you don’t need to have studied Torah before. You just need to want to learn!

The curriculum for this class was developed by the Florence Melton School in honor of Rabbi Amy Katz, in recognition of her work on developing Melton in the Kansas City area.

Part One: From Slavery to Sinai - (September – December, 10 lessons). This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharaoh’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.”

Thursdays, starting September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Temple Beth El.

Cost: $250 plus $45 for the book. Financial assistance is available; please contact Rabbi Katz by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (413) 733-4149.

Registration: Registration for this class only will be handled directly through the Melton website. Please visit www.events.org/meltonspringfield to register. For questions about registration, please contact Jody Hyman at the Melton school at (847) 714-9843 x308 or by email. Please note that there is a 15-student minimum for this class.

Part Two of this class, From Revelation and Revolution, will begin in February 2017 and run for 10 weeks. Watch for more details.


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