Melton finds a home at the MJCC

Portland’s Florence Melton Adult Mini-School has found a new for its popular classes at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

After years of teaching classes throughout the Portland area, most commonly in area synagogues, Melton has partnered with the MJCC to give those classes a more permanent home. In preparation for the beginning of fall classes, Melton will be offering a sample class at the MJCC this summer on July 12 at 7:15 pm on Jewish Environmental Ethics.

“We are so thrilled to offer our friends at Melton a central place in which to hold their classes,” says MJCC Executive Director Lisa Horowitz. “It makes perfect sense to have them here in this wonderful, welcoming, community space.”

Of Melton’s many goals, it’s the goals of bringing relevancy to Jewish learning in the contemporary world and inspiring Jewish leadership, service, and engagement that align so well with the MJCC’s role within the community. The MJCC hosts BBYO each Tuesday night providing teens with service learning opportunities and, with its partners, the MJCC provides regular Jewish cultural programming to the whole Portland community.

Beginning this fall, all of Melton’s core classes will be held at the MJCC. Exceptions were made for classes taught by Congregation Neveh Shalom Rabbi Emeritus Joshua Stampfer, which will still be held at Neveh Shalom; Vancouver/Clark County classes at Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, WA; and special three-week courses taught at Cedar Sinai Park for their residents.

“We are very excited to hold classes at the center,” says Portland Melton Executive Director Sarah Liebman. “We really look forward to partnering with them to bring high quality Jewish education to an even broader audience.”

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