Welcome to the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning!

We invite you to join the great Jewish conversation as we explore text, reflect on commentary, question preconceived ideas, experience great learning and community, debate and (re)discover Jewish context in our lives.

 

ABOUT MELTON

  • University level curriculum created by Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Front row seat to the texts that gave rise to our traditions and philosophies
  • Comprehensive exploration of Jewish thought, practice, ethics and history
  • Cross denominational, interactive and spirited
  • Built on best practices and research in adult learning
  • Designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice
  • No tests, no grades, no homework!

 

OUR GOALS

  • To teach the common roots and experiences of pluralistic Judaism
  • To stimulate reflection and critical thinking about Judaism in a non denominational, interactive setting
  • To bring relevancy to Jewish learning in the contemporary world
  • To provide a “why to” instead of a “how to”
  • To empower informed, independent Jewish learners to explore and to define what Judaism means in an adult context

OUR IMPACT

  • 100% of our students say Melton has broadened their Jewish knowledge
  • 97% now feel more a part of their Jewish community
  • 78% become more aware of their Jewish identity

 

OUR CURRICULUM

  • Designed by scholars from the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, our world-class, university-quality curriculum examines Jewish texts in English to explore Jewish ethics, practices, history, ideas, and values.

 

HOW IT WORKS

  • Classes meet once a week for 2 ½ hours. Classes run the full school year or 25 weeks. We offer classes at several of our consortium partner sites. Please see Class Schedule for this year’s times and locations.

 

OUR CONSORTIUM

  • The Conejo/West Valley Melton is an exemplary community consortium of Jewish organizations working together to offer the highest quality adult learning. The consortium is hosted by Shomrei Torah Synagogue and includes: Adat Ari El, Burbank Temple Emanu El, Congregation Or Ami, Temple Adat Elohim, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Aliyah, Temple Etz Chaim, Temple Judea, Valley Beth Shalom, Kadima Day School, and de Toledo High School.

 

 

FOUNDER, Rabbi Richard Camras is currently in his 14th year as Rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue.  He serves as Executive Vice President of the Pacific Southwest Regional Rabbinical Assembly and sat on the Executive Council of the National Rabbinical Assembly.  He served for 3 years as the Chair of the West Valley Rabbinic Task Force at the Valley Alliance Federation.  He is founder of the Conejo/West Valley Florence Melton Adult School and is a Lecturer of Practical Rabbinic’s at the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies and oversees the West Valley/Conejo Valley Introduction to Judaism class sponsored by the American Jewish University.   He previously served as Associate Rabbi of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Md. for seven years and was ordained from JTS in 1992.  He and his wife Carolyn have two children, Talya and Noah.