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 and $650 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 emailing

                                 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  WINTER Session 2017-18  

Mussar: The Jewish Path to Improving our Character (10 weeks) | Jan 9-Mar 20 | Rabbi Richard Camras | Tuesday mornings  | 9:30-11:30am | Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills

Book of Exodus: Shemot II (10 weeks) | Jan 9-March 20  | Rabbi Lisa Bock | Tuesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am | Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas

Eight Days of Creation (10 weeks) | Jan 10-Mar 21 | Revital Somekh-Goldreich | Wednesday mornings | 10:30am-12:30pm | Valley Beth Shalom, Encino

Five Megillot (10 weeks) | Jan 10-Mar 21 | Michael Raileanu, M.Ed | Wednesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am | Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks

Book of Genesis:  Bereshit II (10 weeks) | Jan 10-March 21| Rabbi Dalia Samansky | Wednesday mornings | 9:30-11:30am |  Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks

Book of Exodus: Shemot II (10 weeks) | Jan 11-March 22 | Rabbi Becky Hoffman | Thursday mornings | 10:00am-noon | Valley Beth Shalom, Encino

Book of Genesis: Bereshit II (10 weeks) | Jan 11-March 22| Rabbi Dalia Samansky | Thursday mornings | 10:15am-12:15 | Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge                  

Book of Genesis: Bereshit II (10 weeks) |  Jan 11-March 22 | Rabbi Dalia Samansky | Thursday evenings | 7:00-9:00pm | Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills


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