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Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

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. 

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Upcoming Courses

The Star and the Crescent: A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations
with Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh
Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hybrid - in person at Temple Emanuel or on Zoom
10 sessions: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11 (no class November 23, December 28) 
classes are recorded so if you miss one, you can always watch it later


The current friction often felt between Muslims and Jews was not always the norm throughout history. Following the emergence of Islam, it was far better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than in a Christian one, and often, people of both faiths have found ways to coexist peacefully and productively. In this course, we’ll delve into this history and prior periods of enmity to gain a more nuanced perspective. Over ten sessions, we’ll examine the commonalities between Jewish and Islamic culture, as well as the sources of tension between these two monotheistic communities, challenging our assumptions and broadening our understanding.

Cost: $295. However, if you have taken this class before, please contact Rabbi Janine before registering. For those who are taking this class for the first time, please register here:


Confidential scholarships are available by contacting In addition, a special tuition rate of $50 is available 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. All scholarships and special tuition rates are thanks to the Borow Endowment for Jewish Education and the Libby Needle Memorial Fund, managed by Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Email for the coupon codes. 

Questions about Melton?  Contact Rabbi Janine Schloss,

Director of Melton St. Louis and Temple Emanuel's Rabbi Educator, or 314-432-5877.

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