I have loved Melton and applaud your (Sue Parker Gerson’s) leadership in this program. You have done an exceptional job and your teachers are incredible! Thank you for all you do to make Melton a success.
~ Patsy Baynard, former student
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a world pioneer in the field of adult Jewish education. With its international headquarters at the Florence Melton Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a national office for North America in Northbrook, IL, Melton, a social franchise, forms an international network of community-based schools offering adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, trans-denominational, intellectually stimulating learning environment.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Founded in 1986 at the initiative of Florence Zacks Melton, a community activist and longtime supporter of Jewish education, Melton initially opened with three pilot sites in North America. Driven by her vision, there are now 62 locations in 60 cities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, attended weekly by some 5,500 students.
What Makes Melton Unique?
- Commitment to Learning: Students enroll in a sequential two-year course developed specifically for adult learners. They meet one day a week throughout the academic year. There are no examinations. The only prerequisite is a commitment to learn. Melton infuses students with a desire to make Jewish learning a way of life which often continues beyond the first two years into graduate courses.
- Sophisticated Curriculum: Four text-based courses make up the sequential two-year curriculum written by a team of experts at the Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education – the world’s largest academic center for Jewish education.
- Quality Teaching and Learning: To preserve the high standards which are the hallmark of Melton, all faculty members – educators within the community – must participate in ongoing professional enrichment programs. This also contributes to the community’s educational resources. Questioning and dialogue are encouraged in a pluralistic classroom environment.
- Israel-Diaspora Partnership: Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Centers, Bureaus of Jewish Education and community coalitions are the Hebrew University’s partners in Melton This ensures a community commitment to maintaining the high level of quality expected of each Melton program. There are study and enrichment seminars for alumni, faculty and directors at the Hebrew University: the Israel Seminar for Graduates, the Faculty Israel Seminar and the International Directors Conference.
About Us gathered from www.meltonschool.org.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact …
Sue Parker Gerson
Director of Education