Melton School finds permanent home at the MJCC

Sample class to be offered this summer on Jewish Environmental Ethics

MULTNOMAH - After years of teaching classes throughout the Portland area, most commonly in area synagogues, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - more commonly known locally as the Melton School - has found a new permanent home for its classes at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

'We are so thrilled to offer our friends at Melton a central place in which to hold their classes,' MJCC Executive Director Lisa Horowitz said. 'It makes perfect sense to have them here in this wonderful, welcoming, community space.'

Of Melton's many goals, it's the goals of bringing relevancy to Jewish learning in the contemporary world and inspiring Jewish leadership, service and engagement that align well with the MJCC's role within the community. The MJCC hosts BBYO (B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) each Tuesday night, providing teens with service learning opportunities. And, with its partners, the MJCC provides regular Jewish cultural programming to the whole Portland community, bringing relevancy to Jewish learning no matter one's level of Jewish practice.

Beginning this fall, all of Melton's core classes will be held at the MJCC, located at 6651 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Exceptions were made for classes taught by Congregation Neveh Shalom Rabbi Emeritus Joshua Stampfer, which will still be held at Neveh Shalom, Vancouver and Clark County residents who can take classes at Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Wash., and certain three-week courses will be taught at Cedar Sinai Park for its residents.

'We are very excited to hold classes at the center,' Melton Executive Director Sarah Liebman said. 'We really look forward to partnering with them to bring high quality Jewish education to an even broader audience.'

In preparation for the beginning of fall classes, Melton will be offering a sample class at the MJCC this summer on Thursday, July 12 at 7:15 p.m. on Jewish Environmental Ethics.

The Melton Mini-School had more than 160 students this year. Of the new students, 40 percent were unaffiliated with a Jewish organization before taking Melton, 40 percent were under 45 years old and about 60 percent were part of an interfaith family.

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- Submitted by Florence Melton Adult Mini-School