Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and PAS Graduate Offerings


New Registration Process for Melton Spring Classes:

This semester we are piloting a new class registration model for Melton. Due to the popularity of our Melton classes, preregistration for the spring semester will open for a two-day period: Monday, December 9 at 9:00 am through Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 pm.

Students may enter their information for the classes they wish to pre-register for at any time during these two days. Students will be asked to pay by credit card or bill their PAS account at the time of preregistration. All entries will be recorded through December 10 at 6:00 pm

At the close of the pre-registration period, if a class exceeds its capacity, we will use a random number generator to assign students to the class. Anyone who is not randomly selected will automatically be added to the waitlist for their desired course in a random order. If they choose, they may also register for a course with open spots. Students who have been waitlisted for a course will be refunded (if they chose to pay by credit card). Students will be notified of their registration status on Thursday, December 12 by 5:00 pm.

We hope that this process will help make Melton course registration smooth and straightforward for you, our students! If you have any questions, please be in touch with Mara Bernstein, Director of Synagogue Programming and Adult Education (mbernstein@pasyn.org / 212.369.2600 x 146).

Please note: registration links will be posted below and will go live on Monday, December 9  

Melton and PAS Graduate Classes: Spring 2020

Winter session class!
Shir HaShirim I
Wed | Jan 8—Feb 12 | 7:00—8:30 pm | 6 sessions | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Shmuel Afek
Read the biblical book Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) with the four levels of interpretation traditionally applied in Jewish text study: p’shat (the plain sense of the text), drash (discovering theological, historical, and ethical issues in the text), remez (exploring philosophical interests and concerns of the text) and sod (mystical – searching for esoteric elements and events in the divine realm hidden in the text). Using Professor Michael Fishbane’s landmark JPS translation and commentary on Shir HaShirim, participants will learn to appreciate the different aspects of traditional interpretation of Jewish texts in addition to gaining a deep understanding of this unusual biblical book.
Cost: $225/members; $255/non-members
Melton pre-registration period will open on December 9 at 9:00 am and will conclude on December 10 at 6:00 pm

PAS Graduate Class
New York Jews and the Making of American Pop Culture
Wed | Begins Feb 26 | 10 Sessions | 7:00—8:15 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Dr. David Kaufman
Twentieth-century New York City was the site of two major historic developments: First, it stood at the epicenter of American popular culture, and second, it was the largest urban Jewish community in history. This course surveys the extraordinary contribution of New York Jews to popular culture in three key genres – theater, music, and comedy – and in three essential media – radio, television, and film. From Molly Picon to Stephen Sondheim to Jerry Seinfeld, we will highlight the careers of iconic figures who shaped our cultural landscape.
Cost:
$290/members; $350/nonmembers
Melton pre-registration period will open on December 9 at 9:00 am and will conclude on December 10 at 6:00 pm

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum
Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah
Wed | Begins Feb 26 | 10 Sessions | 7:00—8:15 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Shmuel Afek

This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with exploration of many of the central texts of that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life’s eternal universal questions.
Cost: $290/members; $350/non-members
Melton pre-registration period will open on December 9 at 9:00 am and will conclude on December 10 at 6:00 pm

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum
Shemot I: From Slavery to Sinai
Thu | Begins Feb 27 | 9:15–10:30 am | 10 sessions | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Savenor
This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define critical moments in these texts and offer a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.
Cost: $290/members; $350/non-members
Melton pre-registration period will open on December 9 at 9:00 am and will conclude on December 10 at 6:00 pm

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum
Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
Thu | Begins Feb 27 | 9:15–10:30 am | 10 sessions | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Witkovsky

Exploring how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs, this new Melton course draws from text and history to look at structural causes of injustice today. Topics will include poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation. In addition, participants will identify issues that are particular to PAS and to other communities of which they are part, and the class will explore those issues at greater depth.
Cost: $290/members; $350/non-members
Melton pre-registration period will open on December 9 at 9:00 am and will conclude on December 10 at 6:00 pm

Core Program

The Melton core curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons, studied over two years. More than 30,000 adult learners have participated in this international program designed by expert educators at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The two-year course meets most weeks from October to June each year.

 

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning:
Year 1

Wednesday | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00–9:15 pm 
Rabbi Ethan
 Witkovsky and Rabbi Joel Shaiman
Learn what we believe as Jews and why in Purposes of Jewish Living. Examine the ideas, beliefs, life cycle, and holiday practices involved in living Jewishly in Rhythms of Jewish Living.
Registration is closed, but consider beginning Melton in the fall!
 

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning:
Year 2

Thursday | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15–11:30 am
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Steven Philp
In Ethics of Jewish Living, students learn how Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions and stem-cell research. Crossroads explores the lessons of Jewish history and investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present. 
Prerequisite: completion of Melton Year 1.