About Pardes

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) is an open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel. Pardes inspires engagement in Jewish life — as communal and spiritual leaders, educators and active participants.

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David Ben Moshe, alumnus of the Pardes Year and Summer Program, describing why he loves Pardes.

I’m a Black Ex-Felon. I Have a Message About Cancel Culture

July 9, 2021

David Ben Moshe (Year ’17-’18, Summer ’17), bravely shares reflections on his personal life story in Newsweek Magazine.

Alum Merissa Nathan Gerson (Year ’10-’11) Publishes New Book

July 8, 2021

When I attend­ed yeshi­va at the Pardes Insti­tute for Jew­ish Stud­ies it was for one rea­son, and one rea­son only: I was an advice colum­nist, Ask Your Yen­ta, writ­ing about sex and dat­ing and I had no idea about what Judaism had to say on the top­ic. I spent a dif­fi­cult and amaz­ing year neck-deep in Jew­ish text study, and emerged Continue Reading »

Dean Bernstein’s Closing Words on the Final Day of Classes

July 5, 2021

The following inspirational words by Pardes Dean, Dr. David I. Bernstein, were delivered to Year Program students on the final day of classes, May 27, 2021. As I said on our very first day back in September: we believe the Torah is given not only to the rabbis, or to Kohanim, or to the Orthodox, or to Continue Reading »

Elmad: Online Learning

The online home of Pardes Digital Learning. Elmad provides access to Pardes’s unique blend of learning, with a variety of original podcasts, words of Torah and recorded lectures by our renowned faculty.

Topics include: Torah, Holidays, Halakah, History, Modernity, Spirituality, Education, Personalities, and the Self.

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