Who Are We?

Pardes Alumni leave Pardes strongly connected to both Judaism and Israel, and they are passionately committed to Klal Yisrael, the entire Jewish community.

They go on to inspire, educate and motivate other young Jews in their home communities. Pardes alumni include more than 970 top professionals who work throughout the Jewish community, including more than 300 Jewish educators, 80 Hillel professionals and 300 rabbis across all movements.

Our graduates are transforming existing organizations, founding new organizations and building new communities. They also serve as leaders at major philanthropic, social justice, arts and cultural organizations, as well as activists across the political spectrum. By their example and charisma, they draw other young Jews into a Judaism that is intellectually stimulating, personally fulfilling, communally inclusive and morally challenging. Survey feedback from our alumni in fall 2010 noted that Pardes:

  • Strengthens Jewish identity (93%)
  • Inspires a commitment to Judaism (91%)
  • Provides skills necessary for Jewish learning (95%)
  • Provides a transformational experience (84%)
  • Provides an empowering experience (89%)
  • Fosters a love of the Jewish people within its students (84%)
  • Serves students who comprise a diverse community (80%)

Alumni participated in a 2004 survey by Dr. Steven Cohen and Judith Schor, which found 97% of Pardes alumni report that being Jewish is an integral part of their lives and 87% are very attached to Israel. In reflecting on the findings, Professor Cohen remarked,

“The Pardes experience is clearly a critical way station on the route to extraordinary Jewish growth by scores of highly talented and motivated young Jewish adults, year after year. They emerge unusually committed to raising Jewish families, studying Jewish texts, involvement with Israel, serving the Jewish community, and maintaining a life-long commitment to Jewish learning and growth.”