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MeltonKC Course Offerings

If you are seeking a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish, and an opportunity to connect with other adults on inspiring and intriguing topics, we invite you to join MeltonKC. Explore the texts of our tradition, discover their ideas and stories, and find new meaning in how they apply to your life today. With new offerings and the return of popular topics, MeltonKC’s 2020-21 curriculum has something for all learners – new and returning.

MeltonKC classes are currently held via Zoom. Zoom information will be provided for your class after registration. We intend to return to in-person classes when it is safe to do so. We will keep students informed if/when the time comes to return to an in-
person class format. 

Most Melton courses are $250/student, plus materials. Thanks to the support of generous donors, MeltonKC provides subsidies as needed. Click here to register, or contact Megan Pener, MeltonKC Director, (913) 327-8161.

MeltonKC's 2020-21 Spring Course Lineup

Genesis/Bereshit II
The narrative of this course follows the development of the first Jewish family from the birth of two nations through great wrongdoings and reunions, to the renowned blessing of the grandchildren. Stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with angels, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation, provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia. (no prerequisite needed)

DATE CHANGE TO FALL 2021 | 10 weeks
Faculty: Rabbi Moshe Grussgott
Location: Zoom


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 which they would like to explore in greater depth.

DATE CHANGE TO FALL 2021 | 10 weeks
Faculty: Rabbi Alpert
Location: Zoom


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 memoirs.

DATE CHANGE TO FALL 2021 | 10 weeks
Faculty: Bill Greenberg
Location: Zoom


Jewish Answers to Life’s Most Challenging Questions
Taste of Melton course. When dealing with life’s hardships and disappointments, when the suffering is overwhelming or the loss is devastating, many people ask themselves some very difficult questions: Why do good people suffer? Why is there so much evil in the world? Is everything that happens pre-ordained? Don’t I deserve a miracle? A four-part course of study titled Jewish Answers to Life’s Most Challenging Questions explores answers to these timeless questions through the eyes of the rabbinic sages as well as those modern thinkers and presents multiple Jewish approaches to the quest for understanding.

2 classes available this spring!

Having maxxed out with 30 students in a current Jewish Answers class, Rabbi Glickman has offered to teach another course this spring for those who are on the waiting list. Add your name here to the waitlist for this free Taste of Melton course. 
Dates TBA
Faculty: Rabbi David Glickman
Location: Zoom

Thursdays | 12:15-1:15 pm | 4 weeks (specific dates TBA)
Faculty: Alan Edelman
Location: Village Shalom; This in-person class will take place once it is safe to meet.
Cost: $36, includes course and materials; Free for Village Shalom residents


Crisis and Creativity in Exile
Locally designed. Rabbi Scott White charts a course through peaks and valleys between Judaea’s fall in 135 to the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the long night of powerlessness when all but a tiny fraction of the Jewish people lived outside the Land of Israel. Explorations include The Crusaders’ Bloodletting, the Fall from Glory in Spain, Codification and Kabbalah in Safed, the messianic pretender Shabtai Zvi, the birth of Hassidism, the German Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), the Dreyfus Affair, the Rise and Fall of Russian Jewry, the Great Migration to America, and the Birth of Modern Zionism.

Coming 2021 | Dates & times TBA
Faculty: Rabbi Scott White
Location: Jewish Community Campus; This in-person class will take place once it is safe to meet.