Melton Courses


Classes are held at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

For registration or additional information, contact Louisville Melton Director Deborah Slosberg at 458-5359 or [email protected]

To view the Melton 2018-2019 Brochure, please click here.

Louisville’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning promotes Jewish literacy in an open, pluralistic, egalitarian and stimulating environment. Students come from all backgrounds and faiths.

Scholars Curriculum Trimester 2

  • BEYOND Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (20 lessons) 

We open with the Crimean War and the weakening of the Ottoman Empire, move to the end of World War I, and continue to the establishment of the State of Israel. The course consists of analysis of mostly non-religious texts, which serve primarily as prods for discussion.  Not only is it possible to take the course more than once, it is recommended; we study new texts, and with different students, the course is different each time.   The goal of BEYOND Beyond Borders is to provide an enhanced vision of a complex situation becoming more and more a political football.  The Arab states, the State of Israel, The United States all have different visions of what a solution should be.  In this course, we try to focus on a fourth group, the people living on the ground.

Instructor: Ed Segal | Tuesdays, December 11-May 28, 6:30-7:40 p.m. | $175 or $125 if you have the book

Louisville Melton Only

  • Jewish Music in America (10 lessons)

The United States has provided a unique environment for Jewish survival and thrival. In few other places is this as evident as in the Jewish people’s experience of music in this country as well as its contributions to the general culture, both popular and classical. From the early Sephardic pioneers of the colonial era, through the German ‘invasion’ of the 19th century, and the massive immigration of the Eastern Europeans in the late 19th—early 20th centuries, we will survey and delve into the musical expression of the Jewish people in the land of the free and the home of the brave, from synagogue to cinema, from pious to popular.

Instructor: Cantor David Lipp

Thursdays, December 13-March 7, 9:30-10:40 a.m. | $125

  • Daniel (10 lessons)

The Biblical Book of Daniel – history, prophecy, magical thinking, apocalyptic vision, messianic dreams –it’s all there and more, in an exotic locale with vivid characters and dramatic narrative. In this course, we’ll read the book of Daniel and some commentaries on it, peeling away layers of historical interpretations to find our own understandings of the setting, the story and the personage of Daniel. It’s a weird, wonderful book.

Instructor: Rabbi Metzger | Tuesday evenings 7:50-9 p.m & Thursdays, December 13-March 7, 10:50 a.m.-noon | $125


Trimester 3

  • Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness (10 lessons)

Contemporary readers often perceive the Book of Vayikra as inaccessible, yet embedded in the laws that focus on the pursuit of holiness are messages and values that have relevance to the universal condition. Some of the themes examined are responses to tragedy, birth, and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, and bringing sanctity into one’s daily life.

Instructor: Deborah Slosberg

Tuesdays, March 12-May 28, 7:50-9 p.m.
Thursdays, March 14-May 30, 9:30-10:40 a.m. |

Louisville Melton Only

  • Modern Midrash (10 lessons)

No matter how many times we read Torah, we never cease finding new meaning there, yet we never stop asking questions about what it means and what else and what more. The classical Jewish literary form called Midrash is collections of stories and teachings that seek to answer some of the questions we are always asking, questions like: Why did Lot’s wife turn around? Did Jacob learn anything from wrestling with the angel? What was King Saul’s fatal weakness that caused him to fail as king? Midrash began in the most ancient times. It continues as long as there are questions and stories in response. In this course, we’ll learn how Midrash works by reading some Modern Midrash. We’ll look at a range of contemporary interpretations by poets, novelists, scholars, rabbis, and ordinary inspired people. We might even weave some of our own interpretations into stories.

Instructor: Rabbi Metzger | Thursdays, March 14-May 30, 10:50 a.m.- noon | $125

Year Long Comprehensive Courses

  • Comprehensive Courses Year One
    Rhythms & Purposes of Jewish Living (28 lessons)

By studying key moments and issues in Jewish literature, from the Hebrew Bible through contemporary writing, Purposes of Jewish Living explores ultimate questions: Why am I here? Why do we suffer? What happens when we die? The course does not provide single answers to questions but offers familiarity reading biblical and more recent texts in English translation and comfort participating in a conversation on profound Jewish themes and subjects.

     Rhythms of Jewish Living presents ideas, beliefs, and practices which define and shape a Jewish life, focusing on sources that shape the “why” and not the “how to.” As in Purposes, biblical through contemporary sources are used to develop key ideas.

Tuesdays, October 9-May 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
Thursdays, October 11-May 30, 9:30 a.m.-noon | $240

  • Comprehensive Course Year Two

     Crossroads of Jewish History and Ethics of Jewish Living (28 lessons)

Using Jewish history as a tool to strengthen Jewish memory, the goal of Crossroads of Jewish History is to make sense of our past and deepen our individual and collective identities in the present. Historical sources are used to illustrate the conditions and issues which faced Jewish communities of the past and the way in which Jewish life has evolved.

    Ethics of Jewish Living offers additional experience reading classical Jewish texts and an understanding of the workings of Jewish law. The course explores the ways in which Jewish tradition speaks to all aspects of life, beyond ritual.

Tuesdays, October 9-May 28, 6:30-9 p.m. | $240

Quality Teaching and Learning –

Louisville Melton teachers are in a class of their own and their excellence has been recognized by the Florence Melton School of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

For more information, contact Melton Director, Deborah Slosberg at (502) 458-5359 or [email protected].

Scholarships are available. Contact Deborah Slosberg for more information.

For questions about registering over the phone, please call (502) 458-5359. Online registration is also available above.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is sponsored by Congregation Adath Jeshurun in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center and with support from Congregation Anshei Sfard, Keneseth Israel Congregation, Temple Shalom and The Temple. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville and the Dorothy Levy Memorial Fund. Scholarships provided by the Jewish Federation of Louisville and Adath Jeshurun.


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