About

Community

Melton Sacramento welcomes participants from the Greater Sacramento Area including (but not limited to):

  • Auburn
  • Carmichael
  • Davis
  • Elk Grove
  • Folsom
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
  • West Sacramento
  • Woodland

Melton Sacramento is an inclusive program for members of all community synagogues, temples, and the unaffiliated.

  • Congregation B'nai Israel
  • Congregation Bet Haverim (Davis)
  • Congregation Beth Shalom
  • Chabad
  • Kenesset Israel Torah Center
  • Mosaic Law Congregation
  • Temple Israel (Stockon)
  • Temple Or Rishon (Orangevale)
  • Unaffiliated

Teachers

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Leslie Kuperstein

Crossroads of Jewish History

Leslie Kuperstein was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She was active in the Zionist Youth Movement, Young Judaea, then affiliated with Hadassah. She was a Regional President, camper, camp counselor, camp section head, Co-leader of the 1969-70 Young Judaea Year Course in Israel, National Director of Israel Programs, Director of Northern Pacific Coast Region and Director of its camp. During this time she also represented Young Judaea on the Machon L'Madrechei Chutz L'Aretz -Leadership Training Course 1964-1965 during her gap year.

She then went on to the Joint Program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, finishing up in California at University of California at Davis.

She has been leading youth groups since 1963 and teaching Hebrew School since 1965. She has taught students aged pre-school to adults in New York, New Jersey and almost every synagogue in the Sacramento area at one time or another. She was the Director of Education at both Beth Shalom and Mosaic Law in Sacramento, CA.

She has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the Shalom Day School in Sacramento for over 30 years.

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Rabbi Ricki Lobel

Ethics of Jewish Living

Rabbi Ricki Lobel has delighted in spending her entire adult life as a teacher and student with co-learners of all ages. She continues to enjoy her career as a special education teacher, having worked in all grades from Kindergarten through adult.

In the Jewish community, she has taught in local Religious Schools, and has been Education Director at two Congregational Schools and co-Director of a Community Jewish High School. She has worked with both teens and adults as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah instructor.

With Junior Congregation at one end and adult Torah Study and educational programming at the other, her experience with learners from ages 4 to 94 has inspired her to continue her own Jewish education through study at Brandeis University, American Jewish University, the Whizin Center for Continuing Education, Rutgers University, and the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute.

Her association with Melton assures that she will continue to study in order to bring ever more to her students.

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Rabbi Reuven Taff

Jewish Denominations

Rabbi Reuven Taff is excited to join the Melton Faculty as the instructor of the Jewish Denominations course. The rabbi has served as spiritual leader of Mosaic Law Congregation since 1995. A trained educator and cantor, Rabbi Taff studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge and has a Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching (M.A.T.) and a Masters of Arts Degree in Judaica, (M.A.) both from the American Jewish University, formerly the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

He pursued his rabbinic studies at Ohr Torah Rabbinical Seminary in Israel, where he was ordained in 1988. Before arriving in Sacramento he served for seven years as Headmaster of Gesher Jewish Day School of Northern Virginia.

In March, 2017, Rabbi Taff was awarded at a special Convocation in New York, a Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honoris Causa) by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Taff’s passion is teaching children and adults of all ages. The rabbi’ articles and op-ed commentaries have been published in the Sacramento Bee, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, The Forward  and other newspapers and periodicals.

Outside of his rabbinic and pastoral duties, he enjoys reading, music, writing, sports and spending time with his wife, Judy Abrams Kahler Taff, her son Matt and daughter Chelsea, his adult sons and daughter-in-law, Avi, Amy, Josh, Ari and his three precious grandchildren, Ethan, Eliana and Noa.

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Rabbi Garth Silberstein

Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah

Rabbi Garth Silberstein received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2016.

A native of Davis, California, Rabbi Silberstein is an out-door enthusiast, and has led Hazon’s Cross-USA bike ride twice. In 2014, Rabbi Silberstein founded Organic Yeshiva, an immersive adult education program that combines traditional talmud study with hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture.

Rabbi Silberstein has taught and spoken at numerous synagogues and other institutions throughout the United States.

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Dr. Sheree Meyer

Purposes of Jewish Living

Sheree Meyer holds a Ph.D. in English from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and has been a Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento since 1991.

Prior to becoming Dean for Undergraduate Studies, she served as Chair of the English Department, Graduate Programs Coordinator in English, and Learning Communities Coordinator.

In addition to her scholarship on English Renaissance literature, her research and service have focused on teaching and student success.

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Rabbi Garth Silberstein

Rhythms of Jewish Living

Rabbi Garth Silberstein received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2016.

A native of Davis, California, Rabbi Silberstein is an out-door enthusiast, and has led Hazon’s Cross-USA bike ride twice. In 2014, Rabbi Silberstein founded Organic Yeshiva, an immersive adult education program that combines traditional talmud study with hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture.

Rabbi Silberstein has taught and spoken at numerous synagogues and other institutions throughout the United States.

Director

Sara Kahn Shapiro has inspired love of Jewish learning among Hebrew School youth and people of all ages in several Jewish communities.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boston University and her Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.

As Director of the Florence Melton School in Sacramento, Sara's goals are to nurture individual spiritual growth through Jewish learning and to strengthen a unified Sacramento Jewish community.

Advisory Board

Melton Sacramento is sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom

  • Karen Brandt
  • Bruce Deutsch
  • Morgan Deutsch
  • Deborah Frost
  • Karen Goldstein
  • Diann Gruen
  • Margaret Kane
  • Jerry Schwarz
  • Rabbi Garth Silberstein
  • Tara Strasser
  • Rabbi Reuven Taff