Pardes European Leadership Fellows

Program Description

Are you a young European taking an active role in your Jewish community? Do you want to gain knowledge and skills to help you create vibrant and meaningful Jewish life?

The Pardes European Leadership Fellowship is open to Jewish students and leaders (ages 20-35) from across Europe who are passionate about building community and eager to enrich their personal and professional identities through the in-depth study of classic Jewish texts and core Jewish ideas. Fellows are awarded $2,000 off tuition for the year and participate full-time in the Pardes Year Program in Jerusalem. A limited number of applicants will also be awarded a living stipend of $2,000 for the year.* The Fellowship cohort meets monthly for special guest speakers and workshops and fellows work closely with Pardes staff to bring open, relevant and rich Jewish learning back to their home communities.

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*Applicants may apply for additional financial aid as needed. Please see below.

Very limited slots remain. See www.pardes.org.il/europeanfellows and contact erika@pardes.org.il to learn more, or to apply.

Year Program Classes and Communal Experiences
Fellows participate fully in the Pardes Year Program, which combines classic Jewish text study with the exploration of ethical, spiritual, philosophical, legal and societal issues facing the Jewish people today. Both in and out of the classroom, this dynamic community engages in honest and constructive debate, leading to serious personal reflection and growth. Students leave Pardes with refined critical thinking, improved communication, interpersonal and Jewish text skills, and more nuanced and sensitive perspectives on Judaism, Israel and their own role in the world.

Students participate in seminar-style classes and havruta (partner study), and create a tailored program to reflect their interests. Classes include Talmud, Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Modern Jewish History, Spirituality, Social Justice and much more. A new Ikarim (Essentials) track explores core Jewish concepts, the Jewish calendar, customs and rituals.

Click here for more information about the Year Program, including a sample weekly schedule. Fellows join the rest of the Year Program for extended trips around Israel, Shabbat experiences, and more – see the Student Life page for more information.

Enrichment for European Leadership Fellows
Fellows meet monthly as a cohort to reflect on their experiences, set goals, and hear from speakers active in global Jewish issues and leadership initiatives. In addition, fellows work individually with Pardes to coordinate faculty visits to their home communities and/or to help build relationships between Pardes and local European Jewish leaders and organizations.

Highlights from Fall 2016 workshops included:

  • Caron Sethill, Programme Manager Europe, National Library of Israel
  • Kiva Rabinsky, M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
  • Clare Goldwater, Director of Education, Yesod
  • 2-part Grassroots Leadership case studies with current Fellows Mira Niculescu (founder, Neshama Meditation, France) and
  • Miriam Lorie (founder, Kehillat Nashira, UK)

In addition, eligible Fellows (Masa grant recipients) have the opportunity to participate in the weeklong Masa-GLI Global Leadership Summit, as well. Fellows have also been chosen to participate as Pardes representatives in various retreats and events throughout Europe, sponsored by Moishe House, Limmud, Yesod, Junction, Masa Israel Journey and more.

Yesod-sponsored fellows will receive additional personalized training and mentorship from faculty and local Jewish professionals who will meet with them 1-on-1 on a regular basis. Those who are accepted into the Pardes Experiential Educators program will also participate in weekly seminars and workshops explicitly focused on educational methodology and implementation, and will develop an independent project.

Spring Semester 2017
Jan. 22 – May 29, 2017

Fall Semester 2017
Sept. 4, 2017 – Jan. 11, 2018

Spring Semester 2018
Jan. 14, 2018 – May 31, 2018

Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational institution. No specific lifestyle or ritual commitment is expected of students, and we celebrate the wide range of ideologies, practices and traditions within the larger Jewish community and at Pardes in particular. Communal events follow traditional halakhic (Jewish law) guidelines in terms of Kashrut (kosher food) and Shabbat practice, with a diversity of prayer options.

  • Applicants of all genders and Jewish backgrounds* are welcome to apply.
  • No previous experience with Jewish text study is required; Pardes seeks applicants of all levels who are motivated to deepen their Jewish knowledge and strengthen their text skills.
  • Candidates must have English language proficiency (speaking, reading & comprehension).
  • Applicants between the ages of 20-35 are eligible to apply for the Pardes European Leadership Fellowships; the Yesod-sponsored option is only for students between the ages of 22 and 35 as of January 2016.

*Pardes accepts students who are considered Jewish by matrilineal or patrilineal descent, or through conversion. Note that the State of Israel (for Visa purposes) and Masa Israel Journey (for grant purposes) may require varying types of “Proof of Judaism” documentation from residents of specific European countries.

Pardes students live and learn in Jerusalem. Classes take place at Pardes, in the Talpiot neighborhood and students live independently in local apartments. Students enjoy local day trips and several extended trips around the country.

My year at Pardes has been one of the most influential and enjoyable of my life. As someone heading into my 30’s and mid-career years, the chance to invest in my Jewish learning for a year has been an immense privilege and deeply enriching. I will head back to the UK a more passionate, knowledgeable and confident educator, with a deeper belief than ever for promoting a Judaism that is open, informed and a force for good in the world.

Miriam Lorie (2016-17), London, England


There are no words to express how much I learned both inside and outside classes. Pardes made every single day meaningful. I now have the tools to take responsibility for the future of my Jewish journey and I have a better idea of what direction I want to take.

Rossella Tercatin (2014-15), Milan, Italy

FREE Year Program tuition*
Includes travel/living stipend**

*For those eligible for funding from Masa Israel Journey, the grant amounts will be used to help offset tuition costs. In addition, please note that the scholarship does not cover the $300 student activities fee for the year.

** Subject to completed Fellowship Application form.

APPLY NOW! Limited slots available.
Please note: Applicants must complete the Year Program Application, a short supplemental Fellowship Application, and the Masa Israel Grant Application (if applicable).
For more information, contact erika@pardes.org.il.