The Pardes Alumni Fellowship

Continue the journey of Pardes Torah by bringing it to your community. 

Pardes alumni have experienced first-hand the magic of Jewish life and learning in a vibrant community and are uniquely positioned to become network weavers, conveners of Jewish learning, and builders of intentional Jewish community in their cities.

The Pardes Alumni Fellowship gives alumni the opportunity to learn with Pardes faculty in an intimate learning community around the theme of “The Torah of Gathering”. Additionally, the fellowship will provide alumni with practical community engagement skills and resources that they will put into practice as organizers of local Pardes communal learning groups that support alumni and friends.

Applications are due February 6, 2023.

As the Pardes Alumni Fellowship aims to set in motion the creation of local Pardes alumni communities, each cohort will focus on a few select cities in North America. The inaugural cohort of the fellowship will consist of Pardes alumni based in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. 

So much of Jewish life happens in the context of community, yet how often do our gatherings lack the warmth, inspiration and sense of purpose that we crave? In this fellowship, we will learn what Jewish tradition has to say about how to build community with intentionality. Together we will gain practical tools in order to create gatherings that lead to connection and belonging. We will explore topics ranging from how to welcome the stranger to how to facilitate meaningful Jewish learning.

Join the Pardes Alumni Fellowship and become an innovative and effective builder and shaper of Jewish community in your city.

The fellowship will consist of two essential components:

  • Group Study & Individual Mentorship – Fellows will learn Pardes’s The Torah of Gathering curriculum and be given individual mentorship by PNA. Each fellow will receive a generous stipend of $400 for their time and participation in these sessions.
  • Community Initiative – As part of their participation in the fellowship, fellows will be asked to transpose the inspiration and learning into a community initiative that engages Pardes alumni and friends in their cities. Fellows will have several months to carry out their community engagement project upon completion of the virtual sessions. Each fellow will receive a $400 community engagement fund to support the development of their own Pardes gatherings.  For more information, please click here for the requirements.

By participating in the Pardes Alumni Fellowship, fellows will:

  • Receive both professional mentorship and financial support
  • Immerse in highly relevant Pardes Torah they can then use to serve their own Jewish communities back home
  • Strengthen their community-building skills and knowledge
  • Join a strong network of colleagues

Sessions will take place once per week on Mondays.

February 27 – April 3, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM EST 

For any questions, please contact Jordyn Steifman, Pardes North America Assistant Director of Online Learning and Alumni Engagement, at jordyn@pardes.org

Interested in learning more about alumni opportunities? 

Visit the Pardes North America Alumni Engagement Page.