Generously funded by the UJA Federation of New York, the Melton Neighborhood Pop-Up is a project that promotes immersive pluralistic Jewish learning to new community audiences of adults in Long Island and Brooklyn. In partnership with local organizers, our aim is for this initiative to grow and sustain this kind of learning beyond the Pop-Up period.
Melton Neighborhood Pop-Ups introduce communities to Melton learning through two introductory 4-session courses. By developing relationships with local institutions, selecting and training local faculty, and “popping up” with Melton’s 4 session courses, Modern Living: Maintaining Balance and We are What We Remember, communities are introduced to the richness of a Melton experience.
Features of Melton Neighborhood Pop-Ups:
- Providing your constituents with a multi-session experience that builds community
- Serving your congregants and/ or attracting participants from the wider community, to inspire greater relationship building
- Creating partnerships with other local institutions, potentially across denominations
- Offering stipends to attract new external faculty when desired
- Building a warm and welcoming environment in all dimensions; space costs, refreshments, and professional materials are all provided for by the grant when appropriate
Your Community’s Involvement:
- Inspiring and engaging new audiences for immersive adult learning; ideally, a cohort for each Pop-Up course would be 15-20 learners
- Identifying faculty who would be invested in Melton-style teaching – interactive, pluralistic, text-based – and open to being trained in the Melton education methodology
- Participating in an evaluative feedback process to gather information from learners, faculty, and lay leaders
- Considering the future of Melton learning in your community after the initial grant period