The Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago (BJE) educates and inspires learners of all ages to enrich their lives, their families and the Jewish community from generation to generation.
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FLORENCE MELTON SCHOOL 
OF ADULT JEWISH LEARNING:
(Largest Melton School Internationally 15-16)
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Take a look at just one of the many classes and opportunities to expand your Jewish mind at BJE Melton!
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Northwest Suburbs

Congregation Beth Judea
5304 RFD, Long Grove

Core Year 1**
Wednesdays 7-9:15 p.m.
November 2, 2016
Rabbi Jeff Pivo & Rabbi Marilee Gordon


Purposes - 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.

Rhythms - 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Northern Suburbs

Am Shalom
840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe 
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
The Holocaust As Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs (Fall) 

Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m.
September 29, 2016
Dr. Joyce Witt

Students explore the profound record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered in the years since the Holocaust, and gain remarkable insights into the struggle for life as both young and old writers describe day-to-day life coping in the ghettos, imprisoned in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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A Taste of Foundations for Jewish Living (NSCI) - (Spring) 
Sundays, 9-10:00 a.m.
4/23, 4/30, 5/7
Rabbi Lisa Greene

Provides a thought provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. This rich learning experience will provide an opportunity for the adult students to bring the conversation home to share with their children and families.

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Bernard Weinger JCC 
300 Revere Dr, Northbrook

Maintaining Balance (Fall) 
Wednesdays 7-8:00 p.m.
TBA
TBA

This 4-part Melton curriculum offers ways to find balance in our lives by discovering answers in timeless Jewish texts. The course focuses on family, work, community and self.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

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Maintaining Balance (Spring)
Wednesdays 7-8:00 p.m.
TBA
TBA

This 4-part Melton curriculum offers ways to find balance in our lives by discovering answers in timeless Jewish texts. The course focuses on family, work, community and self.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

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BJE Campus
3320 Dundee Road, Northbrook

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Bereshit I (Fall) 

Mondays 7–8:30 p.m.
October 31, 2016
Rabbi David Rosenberg

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Bereshit II (Spring) 
Wednesdays 7–8:30 p.m.
TBA
Rabbi David Rosenberg

This course follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Beyond Borders: The Arab Israeli Conflict - Part 1 (Fall) 

Wednesdays 7–8:30 p.m.
November 9, 2016
Carl Schrag

This course provides students with a strong text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival – all reflected though primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Congregation B’nai Tikvah 
1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield

Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Shemot I (Fall)

Wednesdays 7–8:30 p.m.
November 30, 2016
Rabbi Michael Balinsky


This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.


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Shemot II (Spring)
Wednesdays 7–8:30 p.m.
TBA
Rabbi Michael Balinsky
This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Mount Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation in “Ten Commandments,“ “Encountering God,” and “Face to Face with God” are sharply contrasted with the low points of the “Golden Calf: Revolt or Reversion.” The text addresses some of the specific laws and regulations that were to become part of Jewish living as well as the meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives today.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

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Congregation Beth Shalom 
3433 Walters Ave, Northbrook


Foundations for Jewish Living (Fall)
Thursdays 7:30-8:45 p.m.
December 1, 2016
Rabbi Ari Averbach
This course provides a thought -provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. This rich learning experience will provide an opportunity for the adult students to bring the conversation home to share with their children and families.

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Moriah Congregation 
200 Taub Drive, Deerfield

Core Year 1
Wednesdays 9:15–11:30 a.m.
September 21, 2016
Lori Kramer, Rabbi Ben Kramer


Purposes - 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.

Rhythms - 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Mysticism and Kabbalah (Fall)

Thursdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
September 22, 2016

Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

Thanks to Madonna and other contemporary celebrities, Kabbalah today is one of the best known facets of Judaism, yet also one of the least well understood. As a result, despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This new Melton Scholars course enables participants to gain familiarity with the rich history of Jewish mysticism, and understanding of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition. Presented chronologically, the course provides an opportunity for discussing the progression of Jewish mystical tradition over hundreds of years. Discussions surrounding the texts will relate to enduring Jewish challenges, issues of pressing relevance for Jewish life both past and present. The course will expose participants to some of the ways that the particular lens of the mystical and esoteric has been employed throughout Jewish history to discover the relevant, deeper meanings of Judaism, as students consider the extent to which Jewish mystical teachings speak to the deepest mysteries of human existence, offering rich, meaningful explanations for so many of life's eternal universal questions.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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From Seinfeld to Sinai: The History of Jewish Humor (Spring) 
Thursdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
January 19, 2017
Lori Kramer

A treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, the 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 as Jews, and that bond us as a people.


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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El 
1175 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park


Core Year I - Purposes of Jewish Living** 
Sundays 9:15- 10:15 a.m.
September 18, 2016

Ali Drumm

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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Shemot II** (Fall) 

Tuesday 8-9:30 p.m.
Rabbi Michael Schwab

This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from their awe-inspiring encounter at Mount Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The high points of divine revelation in “Ten Commandments,“ “Encountering God,” and “Face to Face with God” are sharply contrasted with the low points of the “Golden Calf: Revolt or Reversion.” The text addresses some of the specific laws and regulations that were to become part of Jewish living as well as the meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives today.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Solomon Schechter Day School 
3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook


Jewish Professional Cohort 
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
October 27, 2016
Judy Kupchan & Marianne Novak

A specialized Core Year I & Year 2 curricula designed specifically for educators and professional staff at Jewish religious and communal organizations. 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Modern Living: Maintaining Balances
Tuesdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
December 13, 2016
Betsy Forester

This 4-part Melton curriculum offers ways to find balance in our lives by discovering answers in timeless Jewish texts. The course focuses on family, work, community and self.


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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Bereshit I

Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
December 7, 2016
Rabbi Allan Kensky

The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.

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Western Suburbs

Congregation Etz Chaim 
1710 South Highland Ave., Lombard


Core Year 1 
Sundays 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
September 18, 2016
Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham (Rhythms) Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky (Purposes)

Purposes - 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.

Rhythms - 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Core Year 2
Sundays 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
September 11, 2016
Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky (Ethics) Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham (Crossroads)

Crossroads - This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny.
Ethics - How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and think­ers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.


REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Oak Park Temple 
1235 North Harlem Ave., Oak Park

Core Year 1
Tuesdays 7- 9:15 p.m.
November 22, 2016
Marshall Kupchan & Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

Purposes - 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.

Rhythms - 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Core Year 2
Thursdays 7- 9:15 p.m.
September 29, 2016
Marc Stopeck & Rabbi Moshe Simkovich

Crossroads - This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny.
Ethics - How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and think­ers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Jews in America** (Spring) 

Thursdays 10- 11:30 a.m.
March 2, 2017
Rabbi Max Weiss

This Scholars course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices as well as the contributions that have been made over the past 200 years. Lessons will explore such topics as the role of education, The Three Generation Hypothesis, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel, The Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity. This 10-lesson course asks the question, “Is the cup half-empty or half full?” as optimists and pessimists debate the future of Jewish identity in America.

CONTACT ROLLY COHEN TO REGISTER

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Chicago

Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway, Chicago

Core Year 1 – Rhythms
Tuesdays 7 - 8:00 p.m.
November 15, 2016
Miron Hirsch

Rhythms - 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Rachel Wasserman Scholars Curriculum:
Beyond Borders: The Arab Israeli Conflict - Part 1 (Fall)

Thursdays 7 - 8:30 p.m.
November 17, 2016

Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

This Scholars course provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs. The 20-lesson course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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JUF / Federation - Loop Location Jewish Professional Cohort

Purposes of Jewish Living - Core Year 1 (Only) 
Tuesdays Noon—1 p.m. 
November 8, 2016 (Registration Extended)
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Rabbi Michael Balinsky

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.
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BJE GRADUATE REGISTRATION

BJE Campus
3320 Dundee Road, Northbrook

The Esther You Didn't Know (Spring) 
Fridays 10–11:30 a.m.
February 10, 2016
Dr. Igal German

Who was Esther? What do we know about her personality, life and her place in Israel’s sacred Scripture? This course will explore Esther’s multifacited character and her role in the destiny of the Jewish community in Persia. We will use a variety of sources to help us gain insight into Esther’s portrayal in history and tradition. (4 Sessions)
Questions? Please call Rolly at 847-291-7788 x1304 or email rolly@bjechicago.org

REFUND POLICY:
Full tuition refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be given after first class.
No refunds after completion of the first week of class.
No refunds on course books.


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Melton Faculty

Rolly Cohen, Director Melton – BA Education/Fine Arts; MAJPS, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership 

Merle Tovian, Assistant Melton Director 
– BA Education; Education Certificate, Women's Teacher Institute; Post Bachelor Certificate in Health Science from Layola; Certificate in Leadership Spertus Institute

Renee Kaplan, Melton Administrator – BA Telecommunications, Indiana University 

Rabbi Scott Aaron – 
PhD, Loyola University of Chicago; JD, University of Toledo, Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

Rabbi Ari Averbach – NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Rabbinic Ordination, AJU Ziegler School

Rabbi Michael Balinsky – BA Sociology, MS Talmudic Literature, Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University 

Yehoshua Ben-Avraham - Degrees in Philosophy, Jewish Thought, & Jewish Education, Hebrew University & Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies 


Cantor Elizabeth Berke – BA History, Cornell University; MA, Sacred Music & Hazzan Diploma, Jewish Theological Seminary


Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky – BA English at SUNY; MS Education, Xavier; MS Hebrew Letters & Rabbinic Ordination,  Hebrew Union College


Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz – BA Literature, MA Literature, EDP Curriculum & Instruction 


Ali Drumm – MAJPS, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Certificate in Leadership, Spertus Institute / Northwestern University 

Rabbi Lisa Greene – BS, Wharton School University of Pennsylvania; Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College

Rabbi Maralee Gordon – BA, Brandeis; MA/Jewish Studies, U of Chicago, Rabbinical Ordination, Academy for Jewish Religion, NY

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann – BA, Stanford University; Rabbinic Ordination, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Miron Hirsch – BA Religious Studies at University of Illinois; MS Jewish Education at Spertus Institute

Rabbi Allan Kensky – PhD in Midrash & Rabbinical Ordination, JTS


Rabbi Benjamin Kramer  MA Talmud & Rabbinic Studies, Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary

Lori Kramer - BA in Literature, MA in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary

Marshall Kupchan – BA Religion/Jewish Studies; MA Contemporary Jewish Studies/Jewish Education, PhD Pedagogy

Judy Mars Kupchan, Melton CEO – BA Jewish Education; MA Jewish Studies/Education, Senior Educator’s Program, Hebrew University

Marianne Novak – BA, Barnard College;  JD Political Science, University of Washington School of Law, currently completing studies, Yeshivat Maharat, New York.


Rabbi Jeffery Pivo – BA Jewish Studies/UCLA, Rabbinic Ordination, JTS

Rabbi David Rosenberg – BA Russian/East European Studies, MS Bible, Rabbinic Ordination


Rabbi Michael Schwab – BA History and Jewish Studies, Rutgers University; MA Jewish Education ;Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Jane Shapiro – BA Jewish Studies ;MA Jewish History; Doctorate of Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbi Michael Siegel - Rabbinical Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity, JTS
Rabbi Moshe Simkovich - BA, Behavioral Sciences; MA, Social Sciences – University of Chicago, Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Kollel
Marc Stopek – MA, Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute

Judy Weiss – BS Education, MS Education, Curriculum/Instruction

Rabbi Max Weiss Rabbinical Ordination, Hebrew Union College
Dr. Joyce Witt – BA,University of Illinois in History Education; M.Ed. at National Louis University in Reading Education; Doctor of Arts, Illinois State University in History
Dr. Jeff Winter – BA Communication Arts/Secondary Education, MAT Jewish Studies, PhD Educational Administration

Rabbi Eric Zaff – BA English Language and Literature; MA Jewish Education, Rabbinic Ordination