Alumni Opportunities

Continue your Jewish learning journey and strengthen your connection to the Pardes community with our Alumni Engagement opportunities. 

When you leave the Beit Midrash in Jerusalem, you join a powerful intergenerational network of 7,500+ Pardesniks; seekers, leaders, scholars, dreamers, educators, artists, and builders shaping the Jewish future and affecting change in their families and neighborhoods, in the Jewish community, and beyond. 

Whether you just returned from your year in Jerusalem or are a seasoned alum, Pardes North America (PNA) is here to provide you with a variety of ways to learn, reconnect and lead. PNA offers an array of fellowships, gatherings, and online learning opportunities specifically designed to allow you to tap into the Pardes Torah you know and love and reconnect with your Pardes friends, teachers and our unique approach to Jewish learning.

PNA is also here to support Pardesniks in the amazing work you do. Through a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development, PNA empowers alumni to become leaders and ambassadors in their communities.

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2024 / 5784 Schedule

Online Winter Seminar

January 14 - 16, 2024

Summer In-Person Seminar

June 30 - July 4, 2024

Alumni Program Details

Click on the tabs below to learn more about the various Alumni offerings available.

Unplug and reconnect with the Pardes community!

It’s been a wild few years and it’s time to take a breath, unplug, and reconnect– with nature, with yourself, and with Pardes friends new and old. Join Pardes faculty and staff for an immersive weekend-long retreat this summer in a beautiful setting. We’ll be doing lots of eating, learning, singing, praying, and playing, and we need you there! Friends, partners, and roommates are welcome.

Registration for the 2023 Alumni + Friends has closed. 

Have a great idea for a Jewish learning program you would like to see in your community?

Pardes alumni microgrants provide alumni with opportunities for building community and affecting change in the Jewish world that would otherwise be outside their reach. These grants can be used for a wide variety of initiatives and creative program ideas are welcome. Examples of alumni micro grant initiatives include community batei midrash, Shabbat and holiday programs, and Pardes alumni gatherings.

Additional Information for Alumni Microgrants

You are eligible to apply for a Pardes Alumni Microgrant if you completed one or more of the following programs:

  • The Year Program and/or one of the Year Program Fellowships. 
  • Pardes Center for Jewish Educators Programs (PEP, PEEP, and PTF)
  • Summer Program
  • Winter Learning Intensive
  • Awakening the Divine Spirituality Retreat
  • Pardes Learning Seminar
  • Mahloket Matters Fellowship

All microgrant programs must include a Jewish learning component, involving Jewish text and/or havruta learning. Examples of programs that would qualify are an intimate text-study group, a Shabbat dinner series with a text component, or a book club focused on a book that’s relevant to Pardes’s mission. Programs must align with Pardes’s mission and values to qualify.

Microgrant programs must engage adult learners or an intergenerational audience.

Pardes must be listed as a sponsor and the Pardes logo must be included on any marketing/printed materials used for micro grant programs.

Micro rant programs must take place within six months of your application’s approval.

  • Apply for an alumni microgrant. Make sure you are ready to describe your program idea when you start the application.
  • Wait to receive an email with your application approval or follow up questions.
  • If approved, put on the program outlined in your micro grant application.
    Within 30 days of your program, you must submit a program report form (will be emailed to you), which asks for your list of program participants and participant email addresses, a reflection on the program, and at least three photos from the event. You will also need to submit your receipts for the program using this link, so make sure to save your receipts.
  • Receive reimbursement for your program expenses.

If your application is approved, you can spend up to $500 on your program and be reimbursed. Anything above that amount will not be reimbursed by Pardes.

If your program idea changes or you are no longer able to put on the program you described in your application, you must reapply for a micro grant with your new program idea.

For more information please contact Jordyn Steifman, Pardes North America Assisstant Director of Online Learning and Alumni Engagement, at

2023-2024 is going to be an exciting year for alumni! 

Kicking off with the Alumni + Friends Retreat this upcoming August, we’re planning an exciting year of programming for our alumni. 

Programs will include:

  • A special learning series featuring Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield.
  • Unique holiday learning opportunities.
  • New intensive gatherings!
  • Mahloket Matters
    • New training opportunities.
    • New Mahloket Matters Fellowship cohorts.
  • Alumni Roundtables
    • This fall we will be  hosting a number of affinity roundtables for Pardes alumni to learn about our evolving strategy in North America, and to voice your perspective about future offerings. 

Sign up to receive updates and further information about these programs when they become available.