Melton Mini School Graduates Class of 2012
After two years of weekly study, 14 area students became graduates of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and marked the event with graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, June 5 in Metairie. An ongoing project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the school is sponsored locally by the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.Founded in 1986 by its namesake Florence Melton in Columbus, Ohio, the curricula for the school encompasses a range of subjects of interest to Jews worldwide and is inclusive of all branches of Judaism. It is the largest pluralistic network of Jewish learning in the world. Oftentimes, instructors are recruited from the ranks of local rabbis and religious school directors or teachers. Classes meet weekly at the Metairie JCC over a two year period. Before receiving certificates from Melton Adult Mini-School school director Debbie Pesses, second-year students each delivered their own selected reading from scripture or a selected work that had special meaning to them. Each passage was printed in a special graduation booklet printed for the occasion. School instructors Rabbis Ethan Linden and Uri Topolosky also read their own passages before congratulating all of the students for their two years’ of devotion for attendance as well as their involvement in the classes. This year’s graduates were: Julian Feibelman, Jr., Dale Fleishmann, L. J. Goldstein, Diane and Rick Guevara, Dr. Amy Lesen, Carole and Dick Neff, Paula Picker, Phillip and Sabrina Rothenberg, Charles and Reda Scher and Rob Steinberg.