2018 Course Information:


Melton School Core Curriculum
The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

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? Thiscourse 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
Semester One: Wednesdays 7 February to 28 November 7 – 9.30pm
Semester Two: Tuesdays 17 July 2018 to 25 June 2019 7 – 9.30pm
$550 per person ($500 for TBI Members) plus $120 for course materials



The Star and The Crescent: The Long Relationship Of Judaism And Islam (10 Sessions) – Course SOLD OUT – Future registrations will be placed on waiting list

Jews and Muslims have co-existed, at times peacefully and at other times contentiously, for more than a millennium. What do they have in common? What are the sources of tension and conflict between Judaism and Islam? Although there were moments of strife, during the first thousand years after the founding of Islam it was better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than in a Christian country. Only after that period did the relationship between Jews and Muslims deteriorate, particularly in the Middle East. Outside the Middle East, though, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peacefully and often productively. This course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions. 

Taught by Paul Forgasz
Wednesdays 7 February to 18 April 7.30 – 9.30pm
$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 Rebecca Wartell
Thursdays 8 February to 12 April 10 – 11.30am
$280 per person ($250 for TBI Members) plus $45 for course materials