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MeltonKC Course Offerings

Most Melton courses are $250/student, plus materials. Thanks to the support of generous donors, MeltonKC provides subsidies as needed.

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CORE I:
The Rhythms of Jewish Living – What’s the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice. 25-week course, meets weekly.
Dates & Time: Begins Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm
Location: The J KC
Faculty: Marla Brockman
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CORE II:
The Ethics of Jewish Living – How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres. 25-week course, meets weekly.
Dates & Time: Begins Friday, Aug. 30 at 9:30 am
Location: HBHA
Faculty: Marla Brockman
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Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice - This new Melton course will draw from text and history to explore how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs and looks at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration and environmental degradation. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth. 10-week course, meets weekly. Brought to you in partnership with Avodah, Congregation Kol Ami, JCRB|AJC, and Jewish Family Services.
Dates & Time: Begins Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Location: JFS Brookside
Faculty: Rabbi Doug Alpert
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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict - This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoir. 10-week course, meets weekly.
Dates & Time: Begins Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm
Location: KI Synagogue
Faculty: Bill Greenberg
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Chasidic Masters and the Inner-Consciousness of Torah and Holidays - The modern Chasidic movement has always been pre-occupied with extracting profound meaning from seeming innocuous phrases. At their best, these interpretations are compelling, insightful, and profound. It's like discovering a new Torah that has always been there. 10-week course; locally designed.
Dates & Time: Begins Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 12:30 pm
Location: HBHA
Faculty: Rabbi Avi Weinstein
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