Melton Kansas City 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, and South Africa 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!

The Melton School in Kansas City is a program of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy that receives funding from Menorah Legacy Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.  The Melton School is supported by Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, along with consortium partners Congregation BIAV, Congregation Beth Shalom, The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah, Village Shalom and a number of individual donors who have pledged to support Melton at HBHA.  

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BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended 

Israel's fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead.  This course will survey the dramatic events of Sefer BeMidbar, through analysis and biblical texts, artwork, and related commentaries, old and new. 

Day: Mondays beginning on October 19, 2020 - January 11, 2021

Time:  6:45 pm - 8:15 pm via Zoom

Faculty:  Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz

Select the course below: 

     BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended @ $295.00

A printed coursebook is included with your tuition.  If you would like a bundle, including an ebook and a printed coursebook, there is an additional $25 cost.  Please select below: 

     Printed BeMidbar Coursebook
     Ebook of BeMidbar Coursebook
     Bundle: Ebook/Printed BeMidbar Coursebooks @ $25.00

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah

This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history.  We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah.  Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.  

Day:  Thursdays beginning on November 5, 2020 - January 14, 2021

Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm via Zoom 

Faculty:  Rabbi Javier Cattapan

A printed Coursebook is included with your tuition (there is no ebook available for this course).  Please select the course below: 

     Cairo Genizah: Exploring a Forgotten World @ $295.00

Beyond Borders: Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict 

This course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs. The 10-lesson course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold.

Day: Thursdays beginning on February 4, 2021 - May 13, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm via Zoom 

Faculty: Bill Greenberg

Select the course below: 

     Beyond Borders: Arab-Israeli Conflict @ $295.00

A printed coursebook is included with your tuition.  If you would like a bundle, including an ebook and a printed coursebook, there is an additional $25 cost.  Please select below: 
     Printed Beyond Borders Coursebook
     Ebook of Beyond Borders Coursebook
     Bundle: Ebook & Printed Beyond Borders Coursebooks @ $25.00


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.

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

1. Shipping is included in the cost of the Coursebook.  Your Coursebook will be shipped directly to your Melton School and will be available on the first day of class if you register more than a week prior to the class start date.  Registrants within one week of the class start date will receive their Coursebooks by the second class.  

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 Ebooks regardless of the date ordered.  

3. If you are ordering a Bundle, paragraph one above applies to the shipping of the paper Coursebook 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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