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Jewish Learning
Classes by JFGO and the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning


Melton, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is transformative, pluralistic learning at its finest. The Melton program provides high-quality, text-based interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires students from all knowledge levels and backgrounds.

Upcoming Courses


6/1/21 – 7/13/21 (no class on 7/06/21)


Soul’s Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life

Let’s learn about life’s celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. 

In this course, we’ll say “L’Chaim!” to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-week course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life’s big moments. ​

$179 for 6-Week Course


7/13/21 – 8/2/21


We Are What We Remember

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hybrid class
(option to take the class in person or online)

This 4-session course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning explores the impact of collective memory on our ongoing historical development and our understanding of Judaism today. Participants will encounter in a number of different ways one of the most powerful keys to Jewish survival: the enduring determination to never forget.


Archived content

local learning, world-renowned curriculum


Melton uses ancient and modern Jewish texts to connect students to the past, present, and future in powerful ways. The pluralistic nature of the courses offers students the ability to understand and learn about the Jewish people, culture and religion. Students will hear a multiplicity of voices, creating a deeper, richer learning experience.


Our faculty are talented, experienced Jewish educators who bring a wide breadth of knowledge to each course. They are committed to using education as a tool for empowerment, encouraging students to ask higher-level questions and to make connections between texts, their lives and their Jewish journeys.

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Sign up for a Melton course today!

Adult Jewish Learning classes go virtual!

To help protect the health and safety of our learners and the community at large while maintaining the best level of education, we are offering all courses online through Zoom. All you need is an Internet-connected  computer, phone, or tablet.

We are committed to ensuring you have the best learning experience and look forward to seeing you in a streaming class soon!



Thank you for your support. Stay safe!

Julia Berger,
Director of Adult Jewish Learning
Julia Berger

Julia Berger

Coordinator of Adult Jewish Learning

Julia Berger, MAJE, is Coordinator of Melton Adult Jewish Learning in Greater Orlando. Before joining Melton, she earned her Master’s degree in History Museum studies from the State University of NY and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

In 2000, Julia moved to Orlando to become the Director of Education at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, and later became an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, where she continues to teach in the Judaic Studies Program. She has brought her enthusiasm for Judaism and her interactive teaching style to her adult courses in both these positions.

Julia is also a published author, having co-written the teachers’ guide, Teaching Jewish History, published by Behrman House. In addition, she has written articles on museum-school partnerships in Israel and using historical documents in the classroom.


Contact Julia

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407-645-5933 ext. 236

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Yonit Arthur

Yonit Arthur

Personal Trainer and Strength Coach


Yonit Arthur, a.k.a. “Coach/Dr. Yo," is a personal trainer and strength coach, and is currently building a boutique gym for women. She is also a licensed doctor of audiology with specialties in hearing and balance disorders, so she can get you fit and test your hearing at the same time! Yonit’s family moved to Israel when she was a child, and although she has made Central Florida her home, she visits her parents, siblings and nephews there often.

In the leadership program, her special interest is in helping working women and young mothers -- who are often overwhelmed with demands on their time and emotional energy- connect to their Jewish community and heritage in actionable, attainable ways.

By empowering people to find meaning and purpose on their own terms, she hopes to create momentum for positive change in our Central Florida community.

Stacey Fishkin

Stacey Fishkin

Recreation Guest Experience Manager


Stacey is originally from Springfield, NJ. In 2006, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. From there, she was accepted into the Disney College program for a 7-month internship. During her internship, she knew she wanted to make working at Disney a career. She was able to advance in her Disney journey overseeing roles under the Recreation umbrella, including Lifeguards, Children’s Activities, Marinas and Training.

Upon moving to Orlando, she became involved with the Jewish Federation’s Or Hadash group, which connected her to other young Jewish people. In 2015, she and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Joshua.

Stacey says it was important to them that Joshua carried on the same Jewish values as she did growing up. They were happy to learn about The Roth Family JCC’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and knew it would be a great learning environment. In 2017, they welcomed a second son, Ethan, and later enrolled him at the ECLC.

Since 2017, Stacey’s family have been active members at the JCC and have built strong relationships in the community with other ECLC families. Stacey am excited to start her journey with the Bornstein Leadership Development Program and develop as a young Jewish Leader in the community.

Stacy Gotlib

Stacy Gotlib

Public school principal


Stacy Gotlib is married to Daniel Gotiib and has lived in the Orlando area since 1994, moving here from South Florida. She is very active both in her school community and the Jewish Community.

As a public school principal, she is a facilitator in training for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In the Jewish Community, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is stepping into the role of Youth Committee Chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She has been a table captain at Choices for several years and she is very involved in SPARK Orlando’s leadership team.

Both of her children are very active in the Jewish Community, too. As such, Stacy is very passionate about building lasting relationships in the Jewish Community so that people of all ages continue to benefit from all that we offer.

Sarah Koren

Sarah Koren



Sarah is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves as an attorney in the Orange County Public School’s Office of Legal Services where she specializes in exceptional student education and Office of Civil Rights student matters. She also provides legal support in the areas of McKay Scholarship, testing, behavior support, restraint/seclusion, accommodations and transition. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services, Sarah served as an attorney in the Special Education and Mental Health Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., where she represented dependent youth and families in special education, dependency, delinquency, and mental health matters. Prior to working at CLSMF, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Guardian ad Litem Program Education Attorney representing the educational and dependency (foster care) needs of foster youth.

Rachel Slavkin

Rachel Slavkin



Rachel brings to the Bornstein program years of leadership in her passion for working with and helping individuals with special needs. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Penn State University and has been working in the field for over 25 years. Rachel has taught special education in the K-12 system and was Special Education Department Chair of a public school district in Pennsylvania before moving to Central Florida. Rachel now serves on the faculty of Seminole State College in the Adult Education department. As a facilitator for Social Bridges, she leads social skills therapy groups for adolescents and adults with social challenges.

Rachel is one of the founding members on the Jewish Federation’s RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) Leadership Team and currently serves as Director of Employment and Education. Rachel’s family is the center of her life. She married the boy 7 houses away (so not technically next door). Rachel and her husband have two children, a son in college, and a daughter just beginning her post-collegiate “adult” life. Rachel is enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband and their 2 dogs.