2018 Course Information:

Melton School Core Curriculum – **NEW INTAKE**
The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living (25 sessions)

THE PURPOSES OF JEWISH LIVING – Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

THE RHYTHMS OF JEWISH LIVING – What’s the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.


Taught by Rabbi Kim Ettlinger
New intake: Tuesdays from 7 August 7-9.30pm
$550 per person ($500 for TBI Members) plus $120 for course materials


The Holocaust As Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs (10 sessions)

A literary journey into the world of Jewish individuals and communities as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them.

A profound record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered in the years since the Holocaust.

Remarkable insights into the struggle for life as both young and old writers describe day-to-day life coping in the ghettoes, being imprisoned in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives.

Unforgettable images that help us to understand the real events of the Holocaust and its legacy for us today

Taught by Sue Hampel OAM
Wednesdays 1 – 29 August & 10 October – 7 November 7.30-9pm
$280 per person ($250 for TBI Members) plus $45 for course materials



Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society (10 sessions)

This course offers a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the birth of the State in 1948. Participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that is challenging and self-critical, and both offer profound insight into the Israeli national psyche.

Taught by Etty Ben-David
Thursdays 19 July – 25 October 10-11.30am
$280 per person ($250 for TBI Members) plus $45 for course materials