The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. With 50 locations in North America, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, the Melton School sets the standard for high-quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study.
Founded by Florence Zacks Melton in 1980 with the vision of impacting the destiny of the Jewish people through transformative learning, the Melton School has more than 30,000 graduates worldwide today. The hallmark of the Melton School is its world-class curriculum, which continues to inform and inspire adult learners from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.
Are you looking to gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish? Join us as together we explore the texts of our tradition and discover how they relate to us today.
The Florence Melton School — Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew.
Melton's International Alumni Association (IAA) membership has voted to formally change its name to the International Friends of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. The vote took… read more
Celebrate Israel's 65th year by taking a Melton Israel Seminar this summer! Our "classic" seminar -- Israel: Wrestling with the Angels -- will take place July 8-18, 2013. This seminar offers an… read more
Melton has been a fantastic tool in my rabbinate. Melton materials have enabled me to spend time with congregants who are serious about Judaism but are not necessarily interested in Shabbat worship or the daily minyan. My congregants have thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to serious Jewish learning. They loved being challenged to think hard and engage in conversation about Jewish values. This intellectual engagement has brought them closer to the shul, the greater Jewish community and Israel. Bringing Melton was one of the most important things I have done since moving to Springfield, MA.
Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz, Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA
We are very proud of all of the offerings we have in adult Jewish education, but few rival the traditional love and enthusiasm that the Melton School has engendered.... If you care about the future of American Jewish life, if you care that Jews are educated and fall in love with Judaism, you'll care about having a successful, passionate, thriving Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.
Rabbi David Woznica, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Throughout all my years in synagogue and Jewish communal life, I have not seen any program that comes close to creating a love and enthusiasm for Jewish life as does the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. I am looking forward to the opportunity of teaching in Melton again this year.
Our agency takes great pride in the achievements of our Melton School. Our ability to involve such a large number and broad spectrum of individuals in ongoing engagement with the history, texts, values, and experiences of the Jewish people is a primary pillar of our efforts to positively effect the growth and strength of our MetroWest Jewish community.
Alan Feldman, Executive Director, Metrowest JCC
The Hebrew University’s Florence Melton School is nothing short of extraordinary. The curriculum does an extraordinary job of utilizing text so that while the concepts addressed are essentially basic, the means of study ensures the encounter has real intellectual content. Second, the highly elaborated teaching process ensures that classes are lively, interactive and inclusive. Last, and perhaps most important, the shared experience of the participants enhances the learning process and creates a warmly bonded group of people who will share a special link. Every Melton alum to whom I’ve spoken enthuses over all three of these points. I am honored that Temple Bnai Abraham has been asked to participate.
If ever there was a word that was in danger of overuse, it is “transformative.” Having said that, I still have to say that Melton is transformative. Not only does it change students, it changes teachers and directors as well. During the 15 years since our school first opened (and 875 graduates later), I can honestly say that Melton offers an incomparable experience. The curriculum is superb, and our teachers are wonderful. Hence, we continue to attract the very best adult learners. Our mission as Meltonians, a powerful mandate, is to provide the highest quality Jewish learning and to recognize and honor each student as a precious jewel in the crown of Torah.
Judy Meltzer, Director, Stulman Center for Adult Learning, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Baltimore , MD