All Melton classes offer a profound understanding of the texts of our tradition


Core Curriculum    

The cost of Core Classes is $1265 each year, including books. Core Classes are also available at community subsidized fees of $850 (partitially subsidized) and $650 (fully subsidized) plus a $65 book fee, each year. Enroll by visiting "Register Online." Have more questions? Contact Pamela Rooks, Director, at 818-854-7685 or by email

                                 Year 1  "Rhythms and Purposes"   Year 2 "Ethics and Crossroads"

Rhythms of Jewish Living--What is 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.

Purposes of Jewish Living--Why do Jews believe as they do?  What are the big questions of life and how to Jewish thinkers answer these questions?  This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

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.

Crossroads of Jewish Living--What are the lessons and dilemmas of Jewish history, from the earliest wanderings of Abraham to the modern experiment in Jewish statehood?  How do the turning points in history influence our lives today?  This course investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present. 


Ask about our Foundations of Jewish Family Living Curriculum for adults who want to bring the conversation home to share with their children/grandchildren and families.

*A thought-Provoking encounter with the core values and ideas of Judaism 

*Gain the learning, language and confidence to be a teacher to your own children/grandchildren and support Jewish learning at home

 *Compatible with PJ Library and Shalom Sesame


Graduate Courses Spring Session March-June 2019  

Jewish Medical Ethics (10 weeks) | March 26-June 11 | Rabbi Warren Levy | Tuesday mornings  | 9:30-11:30am | Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills

Eight Days of Creation (10 weeks) | March 26-June 11 | Revital Goldreich| Tuesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am | Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas

Beyond Borders part 2 (10 weeks) | March 27-June 12 | Revital Goldreich | Wednesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am | Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks

Vayikra (10 weeks)  | March 27-June 12 | Rabbi Lisa Bock | Wednesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am |  Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks

Beyond Borders part 2 (10 weeks) | March 28-June 13 | Rabbi Adam Schaffer | Thursday mornings | 10:00am-12:00pm | Valley Beth Shalom, Encino               

BeMidbar  (10 weeks) | March 28-June 13 | Michael Raileanu| Thursday evenings | 7:00-9:00pm | Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills

Jewish History: 1492-2019 A Literary and Artistic Journey (8 weeks)  | March 17-June 2 | Michael Raileanu | Sunday mornings | 9:30-11:00am | Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills


Thank you for your participation in the ageless pursuit of Jewish wisdom!



New Opportunity for Melton Learning!                                                              "Modern Living: Maintaining Balance"

Four (4) Tuesday evenings in Valley Village, 7:30pm.

February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019     $40

This 4-part course takes a look at classic and modern Jewish texts that relate to our contemporary challenge of balancing the needs and demands of family, work, community and self.   

How can Judaism help us restore balance?

Register now and experience the adventure of Jewish text-study! 

New group forming; space is limited; sign-up today; tell a friend!