Adult Learning: Offering More Than Classes
Posted on 09/10/2021 @ 08:00 AM
Teachers open our eyes to the world.
They give us curiosity and confidence.
They teach us to ask questions.
They connect us to our past and future.
They’re the guardians of our heritage.
The influence of good teachers stays with us.
They are the people who really shape our life.
~Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l
When a person seeks to find personal meaning in Judaism, the one who guides him/her is key. Our Melton & More faculty shape the lives of our learners by creating powerful spaces for inquiry, discovery and connection. They design courses using centuries-old sacred texts and teachings and transform them into relevant wisdom that serves as inspiration to help navigate our modern world. Their dedication, passion, and expertise bring Jewish learning to life.
We are fortunate to have an incredible group of educators who’ve devoted their lives to Jewish learning and are passionate about creating courses that elucidate the richness of Jewish tradition, history, culture and text.
Dr. Batia Cohen | Her courses focus on the influence of Jewish artists, and the depiction of Judaism, in art throughout history.
Dr. Batia Cohen earned her Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City. She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and she has taught in Florida for the past 15 years. Batia has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines and is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola Entre Cactus. Batia is a proud Melton graduate and serves on the Melton & More Adult Learning Advisory Board.
Learn with Dr. Batia Cohen this semester!
Crisis, Conflict, Art and the Jews
October 11 - January 3 | Mondays, 12-1:30 pm (EST)
From Biblical scenes to antisemitic images, Jews have been portrayed in different ways throughout the history of art. The representation of symbols and figures that identified Jews can be traced back to the beginning of Judaism. In this course, we will explore the depiction of Judaism from different perspectives including moments of crisis and conflicts like the Inquisition, the Dreyfuss Affair and the Nazi label of Degenerate Art.
What are learners saying about Dr. Cohen?
“Every one of Dr. Cohen’s classes are top-notch. She opens my eyes to the lives and works of Jewish artists in an exciting way. She is an inviting instructor who encourages student involvement and rich discussion.”
“Dr. Cohen’s vast knowledge of the material, excellent visuals and her passion for bringing the history and personal stories of Jewish artists to life create an amazing experience. I never pass up on an opportunity to learn with Batia.”
Prof. Jeffrey Weinstock | His courses focus on Israeli music, Jewish culture and history.
Prof. Jeffrey Weinstock is a professor in the Business School at the University of Miami. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and holds a graduate degree with high honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a five-time winner of the Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Miami and in 2018 was named one of the “Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors in the U.S.” He lived in Israel for 13 years, is fluent in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish and Portuguese and echoes German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig who once said “Nothing Jewish is alien to me.”
Learn with Professor Jeffrey Weinstock this semester!
JEWS IN AMERICA:
Insiders & Outsiders
October 12 - January 4 | Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm (EST)
What are learners saying about Professor Weinstock?
“Expect to be WOWED by Jeffrey Weinstock! He is a brilliant academic. Because of his depth of knowledge in Jewish text, literature, Yiddish, and Hebrew, he brings a delightfully rich and flavorful learning experience to his students.”
“Professor Weinstock is smart, engaged, enthusiastic and well prepared. His presentation of the material is thought provoking. Plus, he makes learning fun!”
This course provides students the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life along with the great sacrifices and contributions Jewish Americans have made over the past 200 years. Classes explore such topics as the role of education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel in American-Jewish identity, the Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement, and other issues that speak to American Jewish culture and identity. These 10 lessons address the proverbial question of whether the cup is half-empty or full – sharing perspectives from optimists, pessimists, idealists, and cynics as they debate the future of Jewish identity in America.
This course is part of The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum of the Melton School.
|This course is part of The Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum of the Melton School.