Mazel Tov Melton Core Class of 5783!
Posted on 06/16/2023 @ 06:00 AM
Learning and expanding my Jewish education is a priority to me. Having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and having the great honor to take lessons from such an amazing faculty team is priceless. I am inspired to continue expanding my Jewish education and my hope is to inspire others to do the same.
Melton has not only enhanced my love for Judaism, it has also provided me with the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships. Each class I have attended has given me treasured relationships. From the first class I took back in pre-Covid days, to this very day, the camaraderie which has unfolded in my life is priceless.
The past three years have been an invaluable part of my life. I have taken many classes with fabulous teachers and intelligent students who ask phenomenal questions. I am in awe of everyone! Melton has opened up my mind and taken me places that I never would have gone and learned things that I never would have learned!
Understanding our holidays and their purpose, becoming knowledgeable of critical times in our history and the learning about the ethics and values of Judaism have enriched my bond to the Jewish community and given a new meaning to my involvement in congregations I have been part of.
Melton and More specifically the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, fulfilled its mission: to serve as a catalyst for connecting Jewish people to their rich heritage. And I thank you for it. So, what do I take away from our two years of study? Certainly information that I did not previously have. More importantly, a desire to cleave more closely to the major ethical teachings of Judaism and in so doing seek to be a better person.
I have gained a much deeper understanding of the history of Jews/Judaism and why it is so important to continue our traditions. More importantly, I am sharing with my children all that I have learned in my Melton classes, and their enthusiasm and interest in Judaism, both the history and religion, has grown and will continue to grow. I cannot think of a singular experience that has been as transformative and meaningful to me as these last two years in the Melton courses have been. For this, I will be forever grateful.