Melton unveils new courses for parents raising Jewish children

“Foundations of Jewish Family Living” is an innovative new curriculum designed especially for parents with children in pre-school through early elementary school. The Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) and the St. Louis Melton Mini-School are providing this unique, all-new learning experience for our community. Developed by the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the new Foundations of Jewish Family Living curriculum features a lesson on one core Jewish value each week. Built as a 20-week course, divided into two 10-week units, individual lessons each week focus on one of the great “master stories” from the Bible and the Jewish Tradition, and also include texts and articles that analyze and contemporize each value.

The course is driven by the acknowledgement of the vital role parents play as “teachers” in lives of their children coupled with the desire of parents to be enriched as adult learners themselves. Parents will understand that they are really “learning for the family” as they engage in their own study and then bring the conversations and stories home to share with their children. Class discussions are crafted to create lively conversations and the opportunity to share the challenges of parenting in a rich peer environment.

“Foundations of Jewish Family Living” courses are opening in St. Louis this fall: Tuesdays 9:30 to 11 a.m., beginning Nov. 9 and Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 10. Both courses will be offered at CAJE in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Through special funding CAJE is proud to offer a substantial discount incentive for the first 20 families that register. For more information about the course visit To register or to receive an email flyer about the course call Cyndee Levy at 314-442-3754 or [email protected].