Pardes Executive Learning Seminars

Program Description

The twice-yearly (July and December) Pardes Executive Learning Seminar brings together executives, professionals and community leaders who wish to study classical Jewish sources within the landscape of Israel. Participants grapple with ancient texts and current issues, visit historical sites and learn from the best educators in Israel.

Click here to view the 2016-2017 brochure.

Click here to view the sample Summer 2017 Returning to Zion: New Faces, Old Issues master schedule.

Passionate Educators

The Pardes faculty’s depth of knowledge is rivaled only by their engaging teaching style and their ability to bring Judaism to life. They aim not only to teach compelling ideas, but also to give you the tools to enter personally into a conversation with your heritage.

Meaningful Jewish Study

Our renowned faculty bring together students from diverse learning backgrounds and create an educational environment that is accessible and empowering. Participants study in havruta pairs, partnering to help one another explore and gain ownership of the text. Sources are provided in their original language and in English translation.

Warm Community

Participants from around the world come together to create a cohort of passionate learners exploring Jewish themes that are challenging and inspiring. Through classes, touring and social events, participants have the opportunity to connect with peers and expand their personal networks.

Inspired Israel Experience

The combination of studying Jewish texts and ideas, together with exploring Israel, brings the classroom learning to life and allows you to see Israel in a whole new way.


…it is a luxury to learn in an atmosphere that empowers participants to seek knowledge and information that will enable them to make their own decisions about their spiritual and religious lives.

Read more about Stephen Donshik’s Winter 2015 Pardes Executive Learning Seminar experience at: www.ejewishphilanthropy.com/luxurious-learning-why-wait.

Seminar Details

Dates: July 2-6, 2017

Tuition: $1,400 or (15% discount before January 1)
$180 non-refundable deposit is due with application.

After January 1, Pardes is pleased to offer a Family Discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,400, Participant #2 $1,100.

Registration Deadline: June 12

The Seminar takes place at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Seminar Overview

When Persia became the dominant power in the Near East in the 6th century BCE, royal edicts allowed and even encouraged Jews to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple. Ironically, the vast majority of Jews stayed where they were.

Ezra and Nehemiah were two outstanding and exceptional figures who embraced this historic opportunity and took on leadership roles. Ezra was a priest, a scribe and served as the spiritual leader of the people. His mandate was to oversee the functioning of the Temple, to teach Torah and establish a judicial system. Nehemiah was the lay leader, appointed as the governor of Judah. His mission was to not only rebuild the city, but to establish and administer a functioning Judean province.

The challenges they faced were formidable: physical danger, political intrigues, intermarriage, assimilation, ignorance and apathy. During the seminar, we will examine Ezra and Nehemiah, their historical milieu, the issues they faced and the methods they used to resolve them. We will study biblical and rabbinic texts to explore this fascinating historical period. Classroom study will come to life through field trips to local archaeological sites. As we explore the parallels to our present reality, we will ask, what can we learn from their experiences to make this third return lasting and enduring?

Topics of Study

  • Does Israel have to be the center of the Jewish people? What should be the relationship between Diaspora communities and Israel?
  • How open should Jews be to non-Jewish society and culture? Is assimilation a bad thing?
  • Can coercion be a legitimate tool in Jewish education?
  • What are the qualities that are necessary for effective leadership? Do we have a crisis today?
  • What can we learn from the past to improve our reality?

Click here to view the 2016-2017 brochure.

Seminar Details

Dates: December 24-27, 2017

Tuition: $1,200 or (15% discount before October 31)
$180 non-refundable deposit is due with application.

After October 31, Pardes is pleased to offer a Family Discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,200, Participant #2 $900.

Registration Deadline: December 4

The Seminar takes place at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Seminar Overview

When Persia became the dominant power in the Near East in the 6th century BCE, royal edicts allowed and even encouraged Jews to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple. Ironically, the vast majority of Jews stayed where they were.

Ezra and Nehemiah were two outstanding and exceptional figures who embraced this historic opportunity and took on leadership roles. Ezra was a priest, a scribe and served as the spiritual leader of the people. His mandate was to oversee the functioning of the Temple, to teach Torah and establish a judicial system. Nehemiah was the lay leader, appointed as the governor of Judah. His mission was to not only rebuild the city, but to establish and administer a functioning Judean province.

The challenges they faced were formidable: physical danger, political intrigues, intermarriage, assimilation, ignorance and apathy. During the seminar, we will examine Ezra and Nehemiah, their historical milieu, the issues they faced and the methods they used to resolve them. We will study biblical and rabbinic texts to explore this fascinating historical period. Classroom study will come to life through field trips to local archaeological sites. As we explore the parallels to our present reality, we will ask, what can we learn from their experiences to make this third return lasting and enduring?

Topics of Study

  • Does Israel have to be the center of the Jewish people? What should be the relationship between Diaspora communities and Israel?
  • How open should Jews be to non-Jewish society and culture? Is assimilation a bad thing?
  • Can coercion be a legitimate tool in Jewish education?
  • What are the qualities that are necessary for effective leadership? Do we have a crisis today?
  • What can we learn from the past to improve our reality?

Click here to view the 2016-2017 brochure.

We welcome participants who have studied Jewish texts before, as well as those who have not previously encountered text study.

Summer Seminar 2017: $1,400 or (15% discount before January 1)
After January 1, Pardes is pleased to offer a Family Discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,400, Participant #2 $1,100.

Winter Seminar 2017: $1,200 (15% discount before October 31)
After October 31, Pardes is pleased to offer a Family Discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,200, Participant #2 $900.

$180 non-refundable deposit is due with application.

Tuition payments must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of the Seminar. Tuition covers the cost of all sessions, materials, touring expenses and meals during sessions. It does not cover airfare, hotel accommodations, and other meals. While air flight and hotel accommodations must be arranged individually by each participant, we will be happy to advise you in locating appropriate accommodations. Pardes can also advise you about activities/camps for children accompanying you to Israel.

The price for the program does not include accommodation. Here are some suggestions to suit all budgets.

The neighborhoods closest to Pardes are Baka, German Colony, Katamon, Talpiot (possible walking distance). A bit further away from Pardes, and closer to downtown, are Rehavia, Talbiyeh, Nahlaot.

Bed & Breakfasts

An inexpensive resource is the wide array of bed & breakfast rooms; Baka Rentals and The Home Accommodation Association of Jerusalem are both good sources.

We do have a recommendation for Tami’s B&B, 7 Hananyah St., German Colony. Tel: +972 2 5634657, cell: +972 547393592, fax: +972 2 5635348 or email.

You can also find apartments to rent short-term via Flathunting.

Little House

Many Executive Seminar participants stay at one of the three inns of A Little House chain. They are situated in Baka, the German Colony and Rehavia. Email or call +972-2-673-7944, or visit the website.

Hotels

Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem on Hebron Road (Talpiot)
Tel: +972-2-568-9999

Dan Panorama Hotel (Talbiyeh)
39 Keren Hayesod Street
Tel: +972-2-569-5695

Inbal Jerusalem Hotel (Talbiyeh/German Colony)
Liberty Bell Park
3 Jabotinsky Street
Tel. +972-2-675-6666

David Citadel Hotel (Downtown)
7 King David Street
Tel: +972-2-621-1111

Pardes Executive Learning Seminar participants are strongly encouraged to contact their health insurance company before traveling to Israel to learn about coverage while traveling abroad. For those interested in purchasing travel insurance, Pardes has a working relationship with a local insurance agent called Egert and Cohen, who offer “Harel” tourist insurance. Pardes students are not required to buy insurance from this company. There are many good travel insurance options available in your home country which you can contact before you travel.

Pardes suggests that participants bring an ample supply of any particular medication (prescriptions and over-the-counter items, which may be prescription in Israel) that are needed, as exact equivalents may not be available in Israel. To get US prescriptions filled in Israel one needs to get a replacement prescription from an Israeli doctor, which Pardes can help arrange. An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses may also a good idea to bring with you.

USA: +1 212-447-4333
Israel: +972-2-673-5210 ext 229
executive@pardes.org.il