Judaism has always been an important part of Henri Goettel’s life. She grew up in Baltimore’s Jewish community, attending Hebrew school and experiencing her parents’ active synagogue involvement.
About ten years ago, Washington D.C. resident Karen Zuckerstein decided to visit Israel. The standard tours did not appeal to her; she was looking for something different. Then, she found Melton—only to learn that many of her friends and acquaintances had beat her to it.
Melton (almost) literally fell into Randi Brenowitz’s lap. When a Melton program began “across the parking lot from me” at her workplace, the Palo Alto JCC, she couldn’t not register. Randi had always felt connected to her Jewish roots, and she had taken a class here and there. But the Melton course was different.
For Sherrie Weiss, a Chicagoland resident, Melton is a family experience. Sherrie was a preschool teacher, and when her school asked its teachers to take a Melton course, Sherrie invited her husband along for the ride.