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.

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.

Scholars Curriculum

BeMidbar (Numbers) – Leadership Defied and Defended

Israel’s fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges. Sefer BeMidbar introduces significant literary tools often used by scholars in the study of the Bible, and invites participants to revisit and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative.

Online course taught by Rabbi Fred Morgan
10 Session beginning: Wednesday from 17 June 2020 7pm – 8.30pm $295.00 per person ($250 for TBI Members) and this includes the e-reader

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes

Right now, many of us could use a good laugh!  Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh and bond us as a people.

Online course taught by Dr Simon Holloway
10 Session beginning: Thursday from 18 June 2020 6.30pm – 8pm $295.00 per person ($250 for TBI Members) and this includes the e-reader

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.

In person classes taught by Rabbi Gersh Lazarow, Rabbi Kim Ettlinger & Cantor Michel Laloum
60 Sessions (25 weeks) beginning: Tuesdays from 14 July 2020 7pm – 9.30pm
$550 per person ($500 for TBI Members) plus $120 for course materials