Parents of school-aged children now have the opportunity to enroll in Melton classes through The Melton Parent Education Program.

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Melton educators are starting a new series of classes for parents of school-aged children. The Melton Parent Education Program begins Wednesday, Sept. 11, and runs for 12 weeks.

The classes, taught by Rebecca Starr and Rabbi Michele Faudem, are designed for parents of newborns to eighth-graders and prepares parents to answer children’s questions about Judaism and the opportunity to study with other parents while finding out the meaning of Judaism.

The classes run Wednesdays from 8:30-10:45 a.m. at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills. A second 12-week session begins in January. The first session is a prerequisite for the second. Each session costs $195.

They are also introducing a Monday class, “Not Your Parents’ Sunday School,” for parents of school-age children that will run from 9:30-11:45 a.m. from Sept. 16-May 4. Taught by Faudem and other community educators, the class will help moms and dads discover new ways to bring Judaism into their family’s life.

The first hour of each class will focus on the “Moral of the Story.” How do we teach our children right and wrong? What morals and values do we want to pass on to them? Are there lessons to be learned from some of our most popular heroes and heroines? Using Biblical stories, they will explore moral issues taken from the Bible and see how to use them as lessons for families to live by.

The second hour, “Conversations to Contemplate,” will feature a different community educator. Cantor Michael Smolash, will discuss the intriguing world of Kabbalah and Mysticism; Nina Yahalomi Klevitsky, will delve into everyday life in Israel, including its culture, food and politics, along with a discussion of BDS on campus; Rebecca Starr and Rabbi Aaron Starr will discuss Judaism’s traditional and contemporary take on matters of the heart; and  Rabbi Brent Gutmann will talk about using the 2018 Census study to look at our Jewish future in Detroit and what it means to families.

Tuition for the entire year is $450 and generous scholarships are available.

“This is learning purely for pleasure,” said Shelley Wish Chaness, director of JLearn and Melton. “No pressure, no grades, no homework. A chance to connect with other members of the community in a similar stage of life. We are non-denominational and look forward to a rich balend of everyone’s diverse backgrounds, regardless of Judaic experiences.”

To register or learn more, call (248) 205-2557 or visit

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