The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is an inspiring and empowering adult learning experience. It enables participants to achieve a strong foundation of Jewish knowledge in just two years. Students of varying backgrounds form a community of learners who explore Jewish texts and begin to understand how Judaism developed and what Judaism means to them. The pluralistic approach fosters an atmosphere of warmth, respect and mutual understanding.

Jews in America: Insiders & Outsiders

Lessons will explore education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity.  

An inspiring and empowering adult learning experience, the Melton School will give you the tools to mine Judaism’s rich treasury of wisdom. Classes integrate Jewish history, practices, ideas & ideals through direct study of primary sources, reflective analysis & group discussion. Class meet once a week and are taught by knowledgeable and experienced educators. If you are looking to live meaningfully and thrive spiritually, the Melton School is for you! No previous background of study or Hebrew knowledge required and no tests. This course of study is non-denominational and open to all.  

For more information, and to register, contact Rhonda Lillianthal, 973-530-3519 ( All programs are suited for ages 18 and up. Class beginning and ending dates may be subject to change.

  • Tuesdays, 9:15 - 10:45am
  • Instructor: Rabbi Richard Fagan
  • Fee: $510/person

Fall 2017 Semester:

  • October 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19
  • January 9, 16, 23, 30

Spring 2018 Semester:

  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • April 10, 17, 24
  • May 1