The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators trains and empowers Jewish Studies teachers and experiential Jewish educators and leaders to serve as knowledgeable, skilled, reflective and passionate professionals.
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators offers the Pardes Day School Educators Program and the Pardes Experiential Educators Program in Jerusalem for current and aspiring Jewish educators, integrating Jewish text study, teacher training, Israel education and personal and professional development within the open, inclusive learning community of Pardes.
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators also offers in-service support, professional development opportunities and curricular programming in North America.
Graduates of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators teach and inspire youth and young adults in Jewish day schools, Hillels, synagogues, camps, environmental education venues and experiential settings in communities across North America.
“In order to teach Jewish text on a college campus, I need to acquire skills for studying Tanach, Philosophy, Hebrew and Halacha. I need to learn how to draw out concepts and insights from text and be able to skillfully illuminate to students the opportunities for richness that engagement with a Jewish life provides. Students should be able to feel connected to the community as a result of exploring their questions through the Jewish canon. College students are most likely to listen to an adult educator who is knowledgeable and passionate about the content of the Jewish canon, and the only way for me to acquire this knowledge is to fully immerse myself in Jewish texts for an extended period of time.”
- Leah Kahn, Pardes Experiential Educators Program ’13
“The Pardes Educators Program is really a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone like me. I know that I am in the right place when I read a text and right away lesson plans start filling my head about exciting ways to teach it to my future students. I am always surrounded by teachers and colleagues who are ready and excited to share in my excitement and curiosity. The passion that I am cultivating here along with the solid skills will set me up for a lifetime of inspiring students to truly care about Judaism and personalize their relationships to our collective memory.”
- Laura Marder, Pardes Educators Program ’12-‘14