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Melton Program FAQ

What is Melton?
Why is it called Melton?
Why take Melton? 
How much time does it take?
What are the classes about?
Who teaches Melton?
What is the tuition for Melton?
What Is the Melton Tuition Refund Policy?
What if I have to miss some classes?
When and where do classes meet?
How do I sign up?
Class descriptions
Teacher bios

What is Melton?

Melton is a comprehensive adult Jewish education program. Classes are interactive and pluralistic, designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and practice. We offer a comprehensive course of study that generates spirited dialogue and an appreciation for Judaism – past, present and future.

The Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning (www.meltonschool.org) is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Founded in 1980 at the initiative of Florence Zacks Melton, the Melton School has been a pioneer in text-based adult Jewish learning. Driven by her vision, there are now Melton Schools in more than 50 cities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong. The Melton School has more than 30,000 graduates worldwide today. The hallmark of the Melton School is its world-class, text-based curriculum, its interactive classroom, and the non-denominational learning experience that continues to inspire learners from all backgrounds.

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Why is it called Melton?

Florence Melton was the founder of the program and a truly extraordinary woman. (She was the inventor of the Dearfoam slipper!) She had a vision of comprehensive and pluralistic Jewish education for adults. In her 70s, she founded Melton and remained actively involved in it until her death in her 90s. The Florence Melton Schools of Adult Jewish Learning are named in honor of her.
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Why take Melton?

People take Melton for many reasons. But in the end, they all agree on what they gain from Melton. 100% of our students report that Melton broadened their Jewish knowledge. 97% of our students report that they feel more connected to our community, while 78% of our students say Melton strengthened their Jewish identity. Fundamentally, Melton will help you feel more connected to your heritage and your community. As a 2011 graduate put it, "I came for the knowledge and left with understanding."
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How much time does it take?

Classes are roughly an hour long, once a week. Because all texts are read and discussed aloud in class, no preparation is necessary—nor is there any homework.
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What are the classes about?

First-year students take two classes, Purposes and Rhythms.

  • Purposes explores the big questions from a variety of perspectives, questions such as: Why are we here? Why do people suffer? What happens after we die?
  • Rhythms covers the Jewish life cycle and calendar. This is a course for adults – it will not be a repeat of Sunday school. And no matter whether you attended Sunday school or even day school, you will learn quite a bit.

Second year students take Crossroads and Ethics.

  • Ethics explores the ethical issues of interpersonal relationships, sexuality, aging, death, family, and community using Torah, Talmud, and classical and modern commentaries.
  • Crossroads defines periods in Jewish history and explores how they've shaped Judaism and Jewish identity today. 

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Who teaches Melton?

Respected experts from our community. Check out their bios here.
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What does it cost per year? 

Class Member/Patron Public Jewish Professionals
Core Classes Year 1 or 2 $495 $740 $275
Six Scholars Courses $495 $740 $275
Three Scholars Courses $390 $585 $175
Individual Scholars Courses $165 $250 $100

Payment plans available. Contact Nomi Barancik at 713.595.8190 or nbarancik@erjcchouston.org.

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What Is the Melton Tuition Refund Policy? 

The Houston Melton program budgets for a full fiscal year, which entails faculty and administrative commitments based on the number of registered students. Those commitments remain even if some students drop out. In consequence, the following tuition refund policy applies to all students registered in the Melton program:

If circumstances necessitate withdrawal after September 1 and through the first class meeting, refunds will be issued less a service fee of $50 per course. Up until the third class, one-half of tuition is refundable. No refund will be issued after completion of the third class. 

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What if I have to miss some classes?

You can, if your schedule permits, attend the class at a different location.

It is not unusual for most students to miss a class here and there. We are adults with busy lives and obligations that from time to time conflict. Melton lessons are self-contained, so that missing one class will not set you behind in the next one.

Circumstance rarely provides a perfect time to do anything. Rabbi Hillel told us: If not now, when?
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When and where do classes meet?

Classes are held at several locations – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC's Weingarten Building, Merfish Teen Center, Congregation Or Ami and Congregation Emanu El

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How do I sign up? There are 3 ways to register

Reminder: each prospective student must read and accept the Tuition Refund Policy in order to successfully complete registration. 

  1. Sign up online 
  2. Call our office at 713.595.8190
  3. Email us at nbarancik@erjcchouston.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

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