Pardes Experiential Educators Program – 1-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies

Program Description

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The Pardes Experiential Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies is a one-year program designed to enrich the careers of experiential Jewish educators through classical Jewish text study, increased Jewish literacy, professional seminars and active participation in the dynamic and diverse community of Pardes.

The Pardes Experiential Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: experiential education seminar; summer Hebrew language ulpan through Ulpan Or prior to the academic year; educators’ seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel Education; mentoring; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support. Participants will also engage in an independent project.

Graduates of this program earn a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Pardes.

New for 2016! Pardes Experiential Educators Program – Two-Year Master of Arts in Jewish Education (in collaboration with the Davidson School of Education at JTS)

Prerequisites:

  1. BA with above-average GPA
  2. Three years of professional experience in experiential Jewish education OR MA in Jewish Education or Jewish Professional Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Post-Program Commitment:

  1. Employment in North America in experiential Jewish education or Jewish professional leadership OR MA in Jewish Education or Jewish Professional Leadership (for a list of recommended Masters programs, see below.)

“During my time at Pardes, I expanded my Jewish knowledge and literacy in a supportive and warm environment. I built a network of friends and colleagues who continue to be among my most treasured relationships. I explored my personal connection to Judaism, engaged in spiritual practice, and lived the rhythm of the Jewish holidays for the first time. I developed relationships with teachers who pushed and challenged me, and modeled for me what it means to be a patient and passionate educator…The gifts and benefits I received from the Pardes Experiential Education Program – which I had the privilege of joining for a second year at Pardes – are still unfolding for me.” Click here to read more.

– Lauren Schuchart, Year ’11-’12, Pardes Experiential Educators Program ’12-’13

After graduating from the Pardes Experiential Educators Program last May, I was hired as the Teen Engagement Coordinator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. I was asked to give my first dvar Torah today, in order to introduce myself to our executive lay committee – the first Jewish content I’ve been asked to create for our major donors. I was able to use the formula and method that David Levin-Kruss taught us during the PEEP Dvar Torah Workshop, and it was a huge success. Everything was very well received and I was actually asked by a fellow new employee if I could teach her how to do this so she isn’t put on the spot when her turn comes around. Happy to be paying it forward!

– Samantha Vinokor, Pardes Experiential Educators Program ’14-’15

Pardes trips are such an important part of being in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program (PEEP). The Negev tiyul was an incredible, hands-on practice in experiential education. I observed my teachers in the field bringing learning to life, I saw Hebrew leap from the pages of text into modern vocabulary and I participated fully in the trip’s Jewish communal life. Whether on the bus or on a hike, our guide and one of my history teachers in the PCJE History Seminar, Jamie Salter, brought alive the things I had just learned in class where we studied Jewish life from biblical times until 1948 and then from 1948 until the present day. In the Negev, I saw Jewish communities that were founded prior to 1948 and still thriving today. We also examined why Jewish communities put down roots where they did in the pre-State era. As a student in level aleph who didn’t know any Hebrew before she came, it was exciting for me to hear the words I’m studying in Sefer Shmot used during the tiyul, words like desert, goats, shepherd. The language came alive for me in a way it hadn’t in the classroom.

Rachel Dingman, Pardes Experiential Educators Program ’15-’16

 

  1. Partnership with Yeshiva University’s Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education.
  2. Partnership with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. For nominated Hillel professionals.
  3. Partnership with JCC Association’s Chizuk Fellow / Jewish Programming Director program. Participants can receive one-year’s credit toward their two-year commitment by serving two summers as Chizuk Fellows/Jewish Programming Directors at participating JCC camps.

The Pardes Experiential Educators Program is completely subsidized. Benefits include:

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for one academic year
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Living stipend of $800 per month for up to 10 months

Living stipend of $800 per month for up to 10 months.

Pardes students usually rent apartments in Jerusalem. Pardes provides helpful housing resources to accepted students, including a listserve. Click here for more info about finding housing in Jerusalem.

Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

In Israel:
Gail Kirschner
gail@pardes.org.il
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

In North America:
Meira Cohen
meira@pardes.org
212-447-4333