Jewish, Alive, & American
This is our Introduction to Judaism course; a two-year series of 30 sessions each that is an introduction to the Jewish experience and to living a committed Jewish life. Although this is a requirement for those interested in choosing Judaism, it is a great way for people who are born Jewish to understand the tradition better, explore the interaction between the heritage and our contemporary experience, and get a great guide for further exploration on their own.
Summer session of Jewish, Alive, & American will be held July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, and 20th. $120 for the semester. Call the office to register: 436-4900. (New adult learners are welcome, as well as returning students.)
Beginning Hebrew Studies
Using the L’Shon HaKodesh beginning Hebrew book for adults, students master the consonants and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet while learning basic vocabulary, reading skills, and grammar.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing
A course of study preparing one for the December of one’s life. Through life review, guided meditation, and application of Jewish tradition, we explore ways of transmitting accumulated wisdom to those we love. We also go through end-of-life preparation by learning the viduii and developing a spiritual will. This is a challenging and worthwhile course.
More than an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this course is tailored to the senior who wishes to learn to read and chant from the Torah and then apply his or her life’s experience to a major mitzvah legacy project.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Adults have the opportunity to study Torah, learn how to chant, and co-lead a service.
Melton Adult Mini School
About the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
Las Vegas is now a community that boasts having Melton here! “Give us 2 hours, and we’ll give you 5772 years” in three convenient facilities: the JCC in Summerlin and Henderson. The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is a world pioneer in the field of adult Jewish education. With its international headquarters at the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a national office for North America in Northbrook, IL, the Mini-School, a social franchise, forms an international network of community-based schools offering adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, trans-denominational, intellectually stimulating learning environment.
The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Founded in 1986 at the initiative of Florence Zacks Melton, a community activist and longtime supporter of Jewish education, the Mini-School initially opened with three pilot sites in North America. Driven by her vision, there are now 62 Mini-Schools in 60 cities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, attended weekly by some 5,500 students.
What Makes the Mini-School Unique?
- Commitment to Learning: Students enroll in a sequential two-year course developed specifically for adult learners. They meet one day a week throughout the academic year. There are no examinations. The only prerequisite is a commitment to learn. The Mini-School infuses students with a desire to make Jewish learning a way of life which often continues beyond the first two years into Mini-School graduate courses.
- Sophisticated Curriculum: Four text-based courses make up the sequential two-year curriculum written by a team of experts at the Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education – the world’s largest academic center for Jewish education.
- Quality Teaching and Learning: To preserve the high standards which are the hallmark of the Mini-School, all faculty members – educators within the community – must participate in ongoing professional enrichment programs. This also contributes to the community’s educational resources. Questioning and dialogue are encouraged in a pluralistic classroom environment.
- Israel-Diaspora Partnership: Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Centers, Bureaus of Jewish Education and community coalitions are the Hebrew University’s partners in the Mini-School. This ensures a community commitment to maintaining the high level of quality expected of each Mini-School. There are study and enrichment seminars for alumni, faculty and directors at the Hebrew University: the Israel Seminar for Graduates, the Faculty Israel Seminar and the International Directors Conference.