Friday, February 16, 2007

Florence Melton, Jewish Educational Visionary

Florence Melton, the woman who revitalized adult Jewish learning in the English-speaking world died earlier this week. Over 20,000 Jewish adults have studied about Judaism in the Florence Adult Mini-Schools since they were established in 1986. Florence Melton said that she pursued adult Jewish education because Jewish children learned how to observe the rituals, but they grew into adults who did not know about “their history, Jewish values, the ideas of Judaism and why they should be proud to be Jewish.”

Read the full JTA obituary here.

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