Welcome to The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew 

Sample a
Melton Class

Melton I & II

Begin your journey of Jewish self-discovery

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning offers adults a well-rounded, in-depth study of Judaism in a user-friendly atmosphere. Students from all backgrounds explore Jewish texts from biblical through contemporary sources in an intellectually-stimulating, nondenominational approach. 

Explore how Judaism developed, how Jewish texts speak to the realities of modern life, and what Judaism means to you. Our dynamic faculty encourages group discussion and an inclusive exchange of ideas. Developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the program is designed for busy adults; there are no prerequisites, grades, exams, outside reading, or homework! Thirty once-a-week classes are held October-June; early-bird registration discounts are available.

Register today

Contact melton@jfnnj.org for scholarship information


Please call Stephanie Hauser, 201-820-3901 to register for a free “Taste of Melton.”


Ethics and Dramas

  • Monday evenings – 7:30 – 9:45pm – Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck
  • Monday evenings – 7:30 – 9:45pm – Temple Beth Rishon, Wyckoff & Barnert Temple, Franklin Lakes
  • Wednesday mornings – 9:30 – 11:45am – Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, Woodcliff Lake

Student Testimonials

From the first class of Melton, I was hooked. Madeline Lakritz (Wyckoff)

All of my Melton instructors have had vast knowledge and remarkable ability to lead an interactive discussion. Ilene Nolte (Wyckoff)

II enrolled in Melton partially because I wanted to become an example for my children …The program truly exceeded expectations. Brian Schlessinger (River Vale)

I also learned a great deal from my Melton classmates who came from all different backgrounds and branches of Judaism. Donna Greenberg (Cliffside Park)

In Melton, there is no right or wrong answer. Karen Sackstein (Fair Lawn)

It was so interesting to see how virtually every issue we face today can be framed and addressed though interpretations of ancient and contemporary texts. Laurie Moses (Demarest)

These classes have added so many more layers to the dimensions of my life. Roselyn Rauch (Township of Washington)

I have never encountered an academic program that has a more outstanding set of faculty, top to bottom, than does Melton here in Northern New Jersey. Barry Blecherman (Wayne)

I came home every night after class more awake than before and more enthused about being Jewish than before… Melton has taught me there is no wrong way to be Jewish. Alan Yung (Norwood)

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Guess What?  You are the Instruction Manual!
Foundations of Jewish Family Living: values for parents to share with their children

This course will give you the opportunity to bring the Jewish conversation into your home to share with your family.  It will provide you with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children.

Adult classes will run for 10 weeks. All new material this year! 
New classes will be held on Sundays, 9 - 10:30am:
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 15, 22, Jan. 5, 12, 26

$186/personRegister Here



5774 Northern New Jersey Melton Consortium Partners
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Glen Rock Jewish Center
Temple Beth Rishon, Wyckoff
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, Woodcliff Lake

Barnert Temple, Franklin Lakes
Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck
Temple Beth Or, Township of Washington
Temple Israel Community Center, Cliffside Park

Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel
Temple Israel & Jewish Community Center, Ridgewood

North Jersey Board of Rabbis
Shomrei Torah, Wayne
Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge
Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn

Business Sponsors:
Ma'adan, 446 Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Teaneck Shell, 209 Cedar Lane, Teaneck



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Are you a Melton Alumnus?

Become an Alumni Member today!
The Northern New Jersey Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning-Alumni Association is committed to the ongoing development and growth of our Mini-School.  more

Florence Melton School
of Adult Jewish Learning

Stephanie Hausner
Synagogue Change Specialist

Lisa Harris Glass
Synagogue Leadership Initiative/
Jewish Educational Services