As Hanukkah arrives in the Northern hemisphere and snow is on the ground here in Chicago, it's delightful to consider our Melton mishpacha on the other half of the planet who are completing their year in the warmth of winter, celebrating Melton graduation at the completion of the year, and moving on to their big school vacation until school begins again in February.
Our rhythms may be different, but in either hemisphere the purpose of our learning has much in common! We are proud to congratulate our Meltonian friends in
Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and their directors Vivienne Anstey, Lauren Snitcher, and Ariella Milner
Auckland, New Zealand, and their director, Judy Murray
Sydney, Australia and their director Jillian Fine
on their completion of two years of Melton study, Scholars classes, and Foundations.
Mazal tov to each of you, to the faculty, and to our awesome directors who make Melton a global phenomenon.We thank you, too, for giving all of us Meltonians around the globe a great appreciation of our connection through Jewish learning.
To all of you, warm wishes from the Staff and Board of the Florence Melton School for a very Happy Hanukkah.
Hag Urim Sameach and Happy Rosh Hodesh Tevet!
Judy Mars Kupchan, CEO
Join us for Southern hospitality and Jewish learning!
The International Friends Kallah will be held March 30-April 1, 2014 at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.
Registration will open in December for this extraordinary experience led by Director of Israel Seminars Haim Aronovitz and Dr. Shelley Buxbaum from our Atlanta Melton School, as well as local Rabbis Peter Berg and Adam Starr.
We will explore the rich history of the American Southern Jewish experience and examine parallel situations in Ancient and Modern Israel, such as:
What happens to a nation when you have a "House Divided"?
How do you bring a nation together in the wake of such division?
What is it that makes us all part of a "greater" Jewish Peoplehood?
Can we make sure that the voices of today's dreamers get heard?
Jan. 13-23, 2014 – "Israel: Wrestling with the Angels" is the natural choice for your first seminar with Melton. The seminar takes participants along a 3,800-year timeline of the land and its narratives, from the world of Abraham to contemporary Israeli society. A variety of texts serves to bring the sites alive and provide an opportunity to explore pivotal moments in the history of the Jews in the land of Israel. Learn more online.
March 3-13, 2014 – "Biblical In-Sites" ... You think you know the story, until you study it at the very places mentioned, and the scene and scenery make you reread it and bring it alive! We encounter patriarchs and matriarchs, kings, prophets, soldiers and judges—and the land itself—as we study Tanakh on site, discussing the text and its implications, with insights gained from being in the locations described in the Biblical text. This seminar visits sites not encountered in previous seminars, to further weave a rich tapestry in exploring the land and its narratives. Learn more online.
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ape Town Graduates' Thoughts about Melton
The Cape Town Melton Class of 2013, back row: Moonyeen Castle (Board Member), Simone Sulcas, Craig Nudelman, Gabi Sulcas, Barbi Hanan, Ronnie Gotkin (faculty), Lynda Loubser, Ncedi Mayekiso, Esther Maizels (faculty), Luba Mayekiso, Kim Fisher, Annette Roup, Leaza Cowan, Socky Cohen, Annette Taljaard, Debbie Weinstein. Front row: Saul Kaplan & Bryan Opert (faculty), Viv Anstey (Director), Lauren Snitcher (Recruitment), Jill Lazard, Rosa Kolevsohn, Ady Mann Absent: Greg Alexander (faculty), Hillel Goodman, Tammy Glanger, Patsy Bagraim.
The Melton Graduation ceremony on 7 November 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, was an intimate milestone that marked new endings and new beginnings – the cycle of acquiring Jewish knowledge.
Here are some voices:
The Melton learning experience for me has been remarkable. Studying fascinating original texts, one topic at a time, gives authenticity and allows one to achieve clarity in a short time. It enables one to appreciate sources from antiquity to today and Left to Right across the entire spectrum; by discussing, comparing and contrasting the different voices, the learning becomes (almost!) effortless. The fact that the texts are easily accessible is so enabling. Above all, the group environment not only bonds the participants as friends but also adds immeasurably to the depth of experience. I wish I had been exposed to this incredibly powerful learning method through my years of Jewish Studies at school! – Debbie Weinstein
My 2 year Melton course, based on a topical and non-judgemental curriculum, provided me with a well-rounded perspective of Judaism that filled many gaps in my knowledge of Judaism and Yiddishkeit. It gave me a better understanding, from ancient texts to contemporary ethical issues. What a privilege to have the opportunity to indulge myself in academic study once a week and be exposed to thinking about and questioning pertinent Jewish issues. Melton fills a unique role in being able to educate those people interested in in-depth sophisticated text based learning and discussion. It has been a most enriching and thought provoking journey of discovery. – Simone Sulcas
Ways of Wondering: I was initially encouraged to attend the Melton course to assist members of the Jacob Gitlin library to find relevant material in its "treasure chest" of a collection. I came out with far more than I could have imagined. Through reading and discussing Jewish texts with groups of inspiring people and incredibly knowledgeable facilitators I was introduced to many Jewish voices, grappling with many Jewish issues from many angles, through the vast and varied contexts of the Jewish existence. This experience has taught me to enjoy the process of formulating my own answers to questions and to accept that this can change over time as the world and my view of it changes. It has taught me that questioning the very foundation of my Jewish identity can help clarify and strengthen my identity in my life today. The Melton course has truly given me the tools to continue "wondering", whilst maintaining and developing my Jewish identity through changing times and contexts.
– Tammy Glanger
Torah from Our Teachers | Tevet
Rabbi Kari Tuling, PhD, has written this month's D'var Torah, titled "Morality Requires Understanding." She serves a Reform congregation in Plattsburgh, New York, and teaches at the State University of New York. She taught for many years in the Melton programs in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. Read it online or download the file.
Directors! Looking forward to seeing you at the IDC, January 12-15, 2014.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. With 45 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 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.
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