FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARDES APPOINTS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN NORTH AMERICA
PARDES CONTINUES TO EXPAND JEWISH EDUCATIONAL PRESENCE IN NORTH AMERICA
(NEW YORK, NY- August 22, 2018) The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il/) announced and welcomed Shani Gross as Assistant Director of Education in North America. Shani will be working closely with Rabba Yaffa Epstein, the Director of Education in North America, to create and implement programming, learning retreats, and educational materials directed towards Pardes’s 6500 alumni, Jewish professionals in the field, and Pardes’s strategic partners in North America.
“As an alumnus of the Pardes Summer Program, Shani is already a member of the Pardes family,” shared Rabba Yaffa Epstein, the Director of Education, North America. “Shani’s experience as the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a center that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic environment makes her the perfect fit for Pardes and understanding our vision for Jewish learning in North America.”
Pardes is excited to continue expanding our work in North America, and to be building more opportunities for our Alumni, and the wider Jewish community to learn with Pardes, and experience the unique blend of deep and relevant Jewish learning, diverse community, and transformative Havruta study.
“Having had the opportunity to build Batei Midrash programs in the Bay Area in partnership with Pardes, I am thrilled to take this next step working directly for Pardes to create similarly invigorating programs across new communities in North America,” Shani Gross shared. “I look forward to working with the entire Pardes team, and particularly with the very teachers that helped shape my own Jewish journey thus far.”
Shani Gross, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 29, and was a Fellow of the Hillel International Office of Innovation, where she served as rabbinic intern for Hillel at Hunter College. She earned a dual degree in Jewish Studies and Marketing from Stern College at Yeshiva University and will be receiving Rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat in June 2019.
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The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) in Jerusalem, is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates in its students a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel, inspiring them to engage in Jewish life, as communal leaders, educators, and spiritual leaders.
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