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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



 7:00-8:30 pm

Jewish Medical Ethics

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life. This new course explores what Judaism has to say on a number of challenging issues, including human and animal cloning, surrogate motherhood and multiple parents, genetic identity, and assisted suicide/aid in dying. FACULTY: Yael Weinstein

$295 for 10-week course (includes textbook)


APRIL 6 – MAY 11

 7:00-8:30 pm

OMG, Can You Believe?

In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present.

This course will give you the tools to keep asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God-questions” that confront us throughout our lives.

$179 for 6-week course


6/7/21 – 7/12/21 (No class 7/5/21)


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

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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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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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Maitland, FL 32751


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