In-Person PCJE Student Teaching Resumes!

JERUSALEM – The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators is pleased to announce the in-person resumption of the month-long student teaching component of the Pardes Day School Educators Program (PEP), which has been on hold due to Covid-19.

“The opportunity to student teach in well-established day schools around the United States and Canada is one of the most important components of our program,” said Aviva Lauer, Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. “When our students step outside the Beit Midrash and into the classroom, that’s when they truly start the transformation from graduate students to professional educators.”

Nine PEP students will put their text skills and pedagogy training to work in Jewish days school through North America, including:

  • Calgary Jewish Academy, Calgary
  • Hillel Day School, Detroit
  • Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, Washington, DC
  • The Shefa School, New York City
  • Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Chicago
  • Herzliah High School, Montreal
  • Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Brooklyn
  • Gross Schechter Day School, Cleveland
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Los Angeles

The Pardes Day School Educators Program – training outstanding Jewish studies teachers for day schools since 2000 – is a vibrant and innovative two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. This program is highly selective, seeking outstanding applicants for whom day school teaching is their calling.

The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: holistic pedagogical training and education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on text and context, spirituality and Tefilah in Jewish day schools, and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance, and alumni support.

For more information about the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and its programs, contact Aviva Lauer at