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.


  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

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.)
  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
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

In North America:
Meira Cohen