Melton Pittsburgh 2020-21

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You are about to embark on an exciting adventure as you join students from over 45 sites in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand that are currently part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning network.  Dedicated to providing a solid foundation of adult Jewish education to serious, sophisticated students, the Florence Melton School has proven to be an experience that changes lives and shapes communities.  Throughout its history the Florence Melton School has helped over 40,000 adults achieve Jewish literacy in a comfortable, pluralistic environment.  It has inspired them to become dedicated learners - to explore and to experience, to challenge and to define what Judaism means for themselves and their children.  We look forward to another wonderful year of Jewish learning! 

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Young Adult Core Year 2: Crossroads and Ethics of Jewish History

Thanks to the generosity of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, the tuition cost has been reduced to $180. Student readers are included in the cost of the course.  Please select your reader choice below.  

Day: Mondays beginning on October 5, 2020 - May 10, 2021 (no class on 11/23, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 3/22, 3/29)

Time:  7:00 pm - 9:15 pm 

Faculty:  tbd

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     Young Adult Core Year 2 @ $180.00

Coursebooks are included with your tuition. Please select your preferred types below:

     Printed Crossroads and Ethics Coursebooks
     Ebooks of Crossroads and Ethics Coursebooks

Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living 

The Core 1 tuition has been reduced from $560 to $300 due to a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  

Central ideas and texts which inform our daily, weekly and annual rituals as well as life cycle observances and essential Jewish theological concepts and ideas as they unfold in the Bible, the Talmud and other sacred texts.  

Day:  Tuesdays beginning on October 20, 2020 - June 1, 2021 (no class 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 5/18)

Time: 9:30 am - 11:45 am via Zoom 

Faculty:  Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff 

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     Core Year 1: Rhythms & Purposes of Jewish Living @ $300.00

Coursebooks are included with your tuition. Please select your preferred types below:
     Printed Rhythms and Purposes Readers
     Ebooks of Rhythms and Purposes Readers

Thanks to the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the tuition cost has been reduced from $295 to $50.  

Jewish Humor: From Sinai to Seinfeld

This course will show how the things that make the Jewish people laugh represent a distinct period, theme, or preoccupation in Jewish history.  Jewish jokes are deeply revealing sign posts along the Jewish journey.  This course treats Jewish jokes as Jewish text, and invites students to "read" and interpret jokes and humor in an attempt to reveal the concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that continue to bond us as a people. 

Day: Tuesdays beginning on October 27, 2020 - March 9, 2021 (no class 11/3, 11/24, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12,  1/19, 1/26, 2/2)

Time:  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom

Faculty:  Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff

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     # of From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes - SOLD OUT

A coursebook is included with your tuition.  Please select your choice below:
     Printed Sinai to Seinfeld Coursebook
     Ebook of Sinai to Seinfeld Coursebook


The Florence Melton School sets the standard for high-quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires students from all knowledge levels and backgrounds.  

As you commit to your learning this year, please consider supporting and strengthening Melton by becoming an Alumni Ambassador.  Alumni Ambassador dues are shared 50-50 with your local Melton School.  

     Alumni Ambassadors (Chai) Lifetime Couple @ $720.00
     Alumni Ambassadors (Chai) Lifetime Individual @ $360.00
     Alumni Ambassadors Couple @ $72.00
     Alumni Ambassadors Individual @ $36.00

All Alumni Ambassadors are acknowledged on the Melton website.  All Lifetime Alumni Ambassadors receive early bird registration to Melton's annual Kallah/study retreat and new travel seminars.  

Donations of all levels are welcome.  Visit for more information on giving opportunities. 



1. Shipping is included in the cost of the Student Reader.  Your Student Reader will be shipped directly to your home address via Media Mail.  

2. If you are ordering an Ebook, please provide the email address where you would like the link to be sent in the Primary Contact Information section below.  Links will be sent by the first day of class.  There is no shipping charge for Ebook regardless of the date ordered.  
Ebooks are electronic versions of the Student Reader that work with Adobe Digital Editions reader application for PC and Mac, Nook, iPad and Kindle Fire, but are not compatible with the basic Kindle.  

3. If you are ordering a Bundle, paragraph one above applies to the shipping of the paper Student Reader portion of the order and paragraph two above applies to the shipping of the Ebook portion of the order.  

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Purchase/refund policy: The student will receive a full refund of fees paid if he or she withdraws prior to start of any Melton class, less a $25 administrative fee. For Core classes: Up to and including the third week of class, the student will receive a refund of 75% of fees paid less $20 per class taken prior to withdrawing. There will be no refund after the third class, although Melton may in its discretion offer a credit for future classes. For Scholars and Foundations classes: Up to and including the second week of class, the student will receive a refund of 75% of fees paid less $25 per class taken prior to withdrawing. There will be no refund after the second class, although Melton may in its discretion offer a credit for future classes. Before Melton will process any refund, the student must return the Student Reader to the Melton office within two weeks of withdrawing from the class. If Melton determines that the Student Reader is in its original condition, the student will receive a refund for that Reader in addition to any refunded fees. The student is responsible for the shipping costs associated with returning a Student Reader, and should return it to the Florence Melton School, attn. Jody Hyman, 95 Revere Drive, Suite H, Northbrook, IL 60062.'s Purchase/refund policy: Refunds and cancellations are provided only at the discretion of the organization hosting or sponsoring this event. issues credits only when directed to do so by the sponsoring organization. Contact the sponsoring organization for further details. provides Online Event Registration, Donations, Attendee Management and Event Publishing on behalf of the organization.

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