Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
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Temple Emanuel is thrilled to host the St. Louis Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.  Melton offers adults deep learning in a pluralistic, intellectually stimulating environment.  The world-class curriculum sets the standard for high-quality, interactive, text-based Jewish study that informs and inspires learners from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.  As listening to a variety of voices is a core part of the Melton philosophy, courses are open to all. 

6-Week Courses

Dip your toe in to Melton with a 6-week course from the Living Wisdom series.  Sign up for any that interest you or all 3!  Each course will be taught by a different Melton faculty member to give participants a range of perspectives and styles from across the community.  

Tuition for each 6-week course is $179.  

We are thrilled to offer a special tuition rate of $50 for any full or part time professionals working at Jewish organizations, including teachers and staff in St. Louis Jewish preschools, religious schools, day schools, and youth groups.  To register with this discounted rate, click the "Register Here" button below and enter coupon code "JPro" at check out.  Email if you have any questions.**


Members of the Tribe

Taught by Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, October 5-November 9, 2021

In-Person at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur

In this short six-session quest, we’ll dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question: “What is the overarching purpose of living Jewishly?” We’ll discuss the responsibilities, pressures, and misconceptions that come with being called “the Chosen People.” Together, we’ll learn the meanings behind rituals like kashrut, symbols like mezuzah, and why Israel matters so much. A deeper understanding of “the Tribe” informs and enriches both the nation’s collective actions as well as individual responses to life’s big questions.


Save the Date for the next 2 courses in the Living Wisdom series:


OMG Can You Believe?! with a focus on God and theology

Taught by Cyndee Levy in January and February


Soul's Cycle: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life with a focus on life’s Jewish milestones

Taught by Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh in March and April


**This professional learning opportunity is generously supported by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Leo I Mirowitz Fund for Education and presented in collaboration with the Early Childhood Directors Council, Religious School Directors Council, Youth Professionals Council, JPro St. Louis, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, and Melton St. Louis


10-Week Courses

Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins Through Midrash

Taught by Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm, September 23-December 16, no class October 21, October 28, or November 25

This course will use a Multi-Access format, participants can attend class in-person at Temple Emanuel (12166 Conway Road in Creve Coeur) or virtually over Zoom

In this ten-lesson course, learners will delve into reading classical and modern midrash, exploring some of the major female figures of the Bible, and gaining multiple perspectives on their characters, relationships, and choices. By utilizing the midrash’s strategy that reads texts very closely, the “behind the scenes” will be uncovered—clarifying issues that are seemingly unaddressed in the biblical text but can be found when looking for textual hints.  Learners will discover how the form and content of midrash changes as contemporary writers and artists add their interpretations to ancient traditions. In the fertile ground of midrashic study, these biblical women emerge from the margins of the biblical text becoming full characters whose legacies guide and inspire.

Questions about Melton?  Contact Emily Cohen, Director of Melton St. Louis and Temple Emanuel's Director of Education & Community Engagement, or 314-432-5877.

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