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.

Want to learn more? View this one minute video!

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.



Please contact program director Judy Karin for more information: jkarin@cbbsb.org 

Winter 2019

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The Star and the Crescent:
The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam

10 Thursdays 6:30-8 PM
Starts January 10, 2019

Instructor: Dr. Adam benShea
Fee is $250 + $45 book fee.  Financial assistance available.

Jews and Muslims have co-existed, at times peacefully and at other times contentiously, for more than a millennium. What do they have in common? What are the sources of tension and conflict between Judaism and Islam?

This course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.

About the Instructor:  Dr. Adam benShea received his PhD in Religion from Emory University and also studied at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.  He teaches in the Religious Studies program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. 

More info: Judy Karin.

What CBB Melton Students Are Saying

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Melton School journey. I have read some testimonials about the Melton School experience, and they are true: I am indeed experiencing and enjoying the exposure to serious Jewish learning while becoming richer for the friendships I am making and the knowledge I am gaining. The curriculum and instructors challenge me to think hard and engage in conversation about important Jewish values. This intellectual engagement is bringing me closer to our shul and our great Jewish community.

I work full time. The lack of pressure to complete homework between classes and participate verbally in class is such a welcome relief from other learning opportunities I have been afforded. That said, this aspect has only encouraged me to want to read in between class and participate while in class.

If you do have the opportunity to be a part of the Melton School experience, take it. If you do not have it, I encourage you to do what you can to make it possible. You will not regret it. As a convert, the class makes me want to keep following and learning. I look forward to class every week and cannot wait to learn and be part of more.

– Current Core Curriculum Student of the Melton School of Santa Barbara at CBB

Major funding for The Melton School of Santa Barbara at CBB is provided by the Bialis Charitable Trust.