Melton in Sydney – The Best of the Best

July 1, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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The Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in Sydney is going from strength to strength here in Sydney according to recently appointed Director, Hilary May Black. 

Stepping in as Director whilst Hinda Young is on maternity leave, Ms May Black says: “Melton” offers sophisticated and engaging adult Jewish Education with University style learning, without the homework and assessment.  The diversity of courses we are offering in 2018 continues to expand and we are very excited about the programme we have planned for Semester 2.”

Semester 2 classes start on 10 July with a four-week course “Modern Living: Maintaining Balance” at the Winkler Roth Hamakom (Moriah College Early Learning Campus) in Rose Bay.  Talya Wiseman, a much-loved teacher at Moriah College, will guide students through a variety of Jewish texts and source material offering practical tips for achieving “balance” in modern life. This highly interactive course offers an exciting and insightful form of Jewish learning whilst providing real skills to help students get more out of life.   “Students love the new four week courses for their convenience and, of course” says Ms May Black, “it leaves them wanting more.”

The Melton Biblical curriculum “Shiv’im Panim” is popular throughout the world and will be offered for the first time in Sydney starting with “Bereshit 1: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations”, which examines the Book of Genesis, at the Jewish Board of Education in Bondi. Commencing on 18 July, this ten week course, will be taught by popular teacher, Tracey Sareff. The course takes students through the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood and the Tower of Babel to the specifically Jewish foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people.  The themes of family and faith, honour and dishonour, passion and power are explored through class debate and discussion.

Beginning on 3 October, Melton will again be offering the much admired “Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” course. Critically acclaimed for the nuanced understanding it brings to this complex subject matter, the course material encourages discussion and debate, and equips students to better understand the continuing conflict as it unfolds.  Oren Thaler, an outstanding Emanuel School teacher will lead the course at “Hamoadon”, The Jewish Folk Centre in Woollahra on Wednesdays evenings (6.30 – 8.00 p.m.) for 10 weeks.

Ms May Black says “Melton encourages everyone to join the great “Jewish conversation” and provides students with a meaningful understanding of Judaism through the exploration of texts, history and culture”.


For more information see: or call Hilary May Black, Melton Director, on 0400 435 099.

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