The Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
@ Santa Barbara

What is Melton?

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A text- and discussion-based pluralistic adult Jewish education program, The Melton School has partners around the world that operate individual Melton Schools in their own communities, including our program at CBB, launched in 2016 by Director Judy Karin.


What We Study

Integrating Jewish philosophy, ritual, ethics, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life into lively discussion-based classes, CBB offers the Core Curriculum, Foundations of Family Living Curriculum, and a variety of Scholars Courses.


Fall 2021

Upcoming Classes:

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Part 1) 

Taught by Steve Zipperstein; 10 Mondays, 6:30-8 PM, October 11-December 13

Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash

Taught by Judy Karin; 10 Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM, October 12 -December 14



I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish history, values, and customs.

—Marlene Beckerman

I have loved the Melton experience: engaging topics and texts with wonderful teachers. I definitely recommend it to others – it gave me different perspectives, and made me feel more connected to CBB.

—Amber Shields

I loved Melton classes – it’s been a highlight of my week. I would recommend Melton to anyone who loves Jewish learning – I will miss the class a lot.

—Carol Andreasen

In Melton, we passionately debate about traditions, rituals, morality, and best ways to be in the world. Sometimes we agree. Sometimes not. But the very act of diving into the material and engaging in honest, considerate and compassionate debate — sometimes through tears, often through joyful laughter; always sharing food, and dedicating our learning to others and each other: this is the best of life there is. Want to know what it really means to be Jewish? Attend a Melton course here at CBB.

—Amy Katz

 The Melton School of Santa Barbara at CBB is currently supported by a generous, anonymous donor, and we welcome additional sponsors. Contact Elizabeth Gaynes for more information. 

Questions? Please contact program director Judy Karin for more information: