With its international headquarters at the Florence Melton Institute of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Melton School 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 School of Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Founded in 1980 at the initiative of Florence Zacks Melton, a community activist and longtime supporter of Jewish education. Driven by her vision, there are now 50 Melton Schools throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, attended weekly by 4,000 students.

TBI is proud to be the Melbourne home of the Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning and offers both the Core Curriculum and regular Scholar Courses

Core Curriculum

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 Gersh Lazarow & Cantor Michel Laloum
New intake: Tuesdays from 11 February 2020 7pm – 9.30pm
$550 per person ($500 for TBI Members) plus $120 for course materials


This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny.


How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

Taught by Rabbi Fred Morgan AM
Wednesdays from 5 February 2020 7pm
$280 per person ($250 for TBI Members) plus $90 for course material

Scholars Course

While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life – issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago.

Taught by Rabbi Ronnie Figdor OAM
New intake: Mondays from 10 February 2020 1:30 – 3pm
$280 per person ($250 for TBI Members) plus $45 for course materials