Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and PAS Graduate Offerings

  

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. 

Cost: $665/member; $780/general through September 5
           $690/member; $800/general beginning September 6 

 

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.
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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. 
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Classes for Melton & Context Graduates

Prerequisite: Completion of Melton or Context core program. 

Fall 2019 Classes

The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum
Bereshit (Genesis) II - The Story of the First Jewish Family
Wednesday | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00–8:15 pm | 10 sessions
Rabbi Charlie Savenor

This course follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia. 
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Cost: $290/member; $350/general through September 5
          $315/member; $375/general from September 6 on



Shir HaShirim I
Wednesday | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00–8:30 pm | 10 sessions
Rabbi Shmuel
 Afek
We will study 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 an deep understanding of this unusual biblical book.
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Cost: $330/member; $390/general through September 5
          $355/member; $415/general from September 6 on
Please note the course fee reflects the additional cost of required texts.



The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum
Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st-Century Discussion
Thursday | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15–10:30 am | 10 sessions
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life — issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Reading in Jewish Medical Ethics by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, we will explore Jewish approaches to a number of 21st-century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.
Please email rcushman@pasyn.org to express interest in taking this course.

Cost: $290/member; $350/general through September 5
          $315/member; $375/general from September 6 on



History of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
Thu | Begins Oct 17 | 9:15–10:30 am | 10 sessions
Dr. David Kaufman

As Jews, we are always aware of anti-Semitism. In recent months, this awareness has become a daily concern. Historical perspective is indispensable to understand today’s realities and our reactions to them. To better comprehend both our history and ourselves, this class will address issues such as the origin of anti-Semitism, root causes of the Holocaust, why anti-Semitism is intensifying once again, and how Holocaust memory influences our understanding of and response to anti-Semitism today.
Please email rcushman@pasyn.org to express interest in taking this course.

Cost: $290/member; $350/general through September 5
          $315/member; $375/general from September 6 on