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Named for its founder Florence Melton, the internationally renowned Melton program for adult Jewish study offers a well-rounded and sophisticated approach utilizing a cross-denominational curriculum to provide a comprehensive exploration of Jewish thought, practice, ethics, and history.

Melton is designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice—there is no Hebrew knowledge required, nor are there tests, grades, or homework. In its 30-plus years, the Melton program has graduated more than 30,000 students from its classes in “mini schools” all over the world. Central Synagogue created its Melton Mini School in 2012 and has more than 125 of our own Central graduates.

Visit meltonschool.org to learn more.

Current Offerings

Melton Year 1, 2020–21

Tuesdays, October 6, 2020–May 11, 2021, 9:30–11:45 am (ET)
*The group will meet virtually for the entire duration of the course.*

The Purposes of Jewish Living
Taught by Rabbi Dan Ross
Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

The Rhythms of Jewish Living
Taught by Rabbi Darcie Crystal
What’s the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, life cycle observances, and Jewish practice. 

Who can attend Melton?

Melton is open to anyone in the Jewish community (members or nonmembers of Central) who wants to study on a regular basis and acquire a comprehensive foundation of Jewish literacy. It is appropriate for all levels of students (no Hebrew knowledge is required) and there are no prerequisites for Year 1.

Who teaches Melton?

Our faculty consists of Central Synagogue clergy and other specially trained, New York-based clergy and educators.

Are there any other perks?

Yes! Not only will Melton provide you with an outstanding Jewish education, participating in it is also a wonderful way to meet new people and become part of your own small community. We find that our Melton students develop long-lasting friendships amongst themselves and strong bonds with their instructors. We also host a large, festive Shabbat dinner for Melton students and their families.