Events and Outreach

Our Current Events Calendar All Melton Center events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise. Each year, the Melton Center offers more than thirty of programs, lectures, conferences, and concerts for the campus and Columbus community.

Past events

American Judaism: The Last Fifty Years and Beyond


This day-long program of panel discussions was designed to inform our community about some of the major movements, shifts, and ideas driving American Judaism over the past half-century in order to understand how Jewish life has been shaped in the recent past, but also to have a sense of where things might be headed in the future. Guest panelists included Rabbi Laura Geller, Professor Shaul MagidProfessor Pamela Nadell, Professor Riv-Ellen Prell, and Richard Siegel. Topics included women rabbis, havurot, the Jewish renewal movement, alternative contexts for Torah study, and the future of American Judaism.

Law and Emotion: Maimonides on Mourning- Professor Moshe Halbertal
The Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and Law

Professor Moshe Halbertal, an eminent scholar on Jewish law, gave a fascinating lecture on Maimonides commentary on rituals of mourners and the community's mitzvah of comforting mournings.


Columbus premiere of Colliding Dreams - Oren Rudavsky

The Melton Center and Wexner Center of the Arts presented filmmaker Oren Rudavsky's new documentary, Colliding Dreams, which delves into the question of Zionism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict and its impact on both Jews and Arabs from 19th century Europe to the modern Middle East, as told through the lives and voices of Jews and Palestinians living in the Middle East today (Top photo: Photo still of graffiti as seen through the rear view mirror of a motorcycle; bottom photo: Oren Rudavsky).