Talmud Torah of St. Paul

Where critical thinking
and Jewish values intersect

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Melton First Year Core Curriculum 

The Purposes of Jewish Living and The Rhythms of Jewish Living

When: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:15 pm, begins Oct. 10, 25 sessions

Location: Talmud Torah of St. Paul

This two-year course goes far beyond one-shot lectures or short-term seminars.  It will challenge you to engage in Jewish learning in a serious and comprehensive way. Each lesson is designed to inspire and enlighten you irrespective of your prior experience or background. Through this text-based, discussion-oriented, pluralistic program you will:


  • Come to understand Jewish practices in new and meaningful ways

  • Connect ethics and everyday life

  • Build community within and beyond the classroom

  • Consider the big ideas and important events that have animated Jewish life over the millennia

  • Deepen your understanding of Judaism and Jewish life.

This course is ideal for those looking to deepen their understanding of the basics of Judaism and Jewish living. Class space is limited.

Instructors: Sara Lynn Newberger and Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein

Calendar: Click here for a sample calendar including the topics.

Cost: $500 per year plus books.

To register, go to events.org/meltonstpaul.

Co-sponsored with Hineni by Twin Cities synagogues and agencies.

Melton Second Year Core Curriculum

Ethics of Jewish Living and Crossroads of Jewish History

When: Mondays, 7:00-9:15 pm, begins Oct. 8, 25 sessions

Location: Adath Jeshurun, 10500 Hillside Lane W, Minnetonka

This curriculum builds on the first year of the program. The Ethics class addresses questions such as: 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. 

The Crossroads class merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny. 

Instructors: Rabbi Lynn Liberman and Meryll Page

Calendar: Click here for a sample calendar including the topics.

Cost: $500 per year plus books

To register, go to events.org/meltonstpaul.

Co-sponsored with Hineni by Adath Jeshurun and other Twin Cities synagogues and agencies.