Upcoming Event

Pardes Nashville Learning Group

Sunday, March 15, 2020

10:00 am - 11:30 am, CDT

Gordon Jewish Community Center
801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN 37205, United States

The Bonds That Bind Us
A Study of Biblical Relationships
In many ways, the Bible is a study of familial relationships. Right from the start, we are met with powerful tales of sibling rivalry, spousal discord, and heartbreaking parental choices. What lessons can be derived from these challenging stories? How might these ancient texts help us navigate our own relationships with those most dear to us? Join us for a thought provoking class taught by international faculty from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Dates: November 24; December 8 & 22; January 12 & 19; February 2 & 16; March 1, 15 & 29.
Time: 10-11:30am, Central Time
Location: Gordon Jewish Community Center

rabbi michael hattinMichael Hattin teaches Tanakh and Halakha at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and serves as the Coordinator of the Beit Midrash for the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. He studied for semicha at Yeshivat Har Etzion and holds a professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto.Michael is the author of “Passages: Text and Transformation in the Parasha”, published by Urim Publications in 2012 as well as “Joshua: The Challenge of the Promised Land”, published by Koren Publishers in 2015. He has served as scholar-in-residence in many communities in North America and Europe and lives in Alon Shevut with his wife Rivka and their five children.
rabbanit nechama goldman barashNechama Goldman Barash made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished a master’s degree in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program and has been certified to teach brides before their weddings, as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She also studied for three years in Matan’s advanced halakha program, Hilkhata.She teaches contemporary halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as Talmud and women and halakha in Torah V’Avodah (TVA), a Bnei Akiva gap year program based in Matan. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion, close to where she lives with her family. She is currently working on a book dealing with matters of gender and halakha.
rabbi meir schweigerMeir Schweiger teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir made aliyah in 1972 from the Bronx, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion. Before coming to Pardes, Meir taught Talmud and Bible at the Shapell College of Jewish Studies. Over the years, he has also taught at a number of other institutions in Jerusalem, including Michlala, Nishmat and Beit Midrash L’torah. Since 1977, he has been a full-time faculty member at Pardes and has taught more hours and classes than anyone else on the staff. In addition to teaching, Meir has been responsible for the “affective” side of Pardes, coordinating and supervising tefillot (prayer), tiyulim (hikes), shabbatonim, and pre-holiday yemei iyun (full-day study programs). His official title is Mashgiach Ruhani (Director of Religious Life), which reflects the impact he has had on the personal and spiritual growth of many of our students. For 10 years, Meir was the Director of the Pardes Fellows’ Program, for returning, 2nd year students, and the Educational Director of the Executive Learning Seminar. For three years, Meir was the mainstay of Pardes’ podcast series on the weekly torah portion, and he has over 200 recordings online.
rabba shani grossShani Gross is the Director of North American Programs at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Shani most recently served as Pardes’s Assistant Director of Education NA. Shani earned rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29), and a former Hillel International (OOI) Fellow for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship. Shani was the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. When not teaching, Shani can usually be found with her husband Chaim chasing after their two beautiful sons.
rabbi howard markoseHoward Markose teaches Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Pardes. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Howard received his rabbinical ordination in 1984 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Howard lived in Toronto for ten years from 1984-1994 at which time he served as assistant rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and rabbi at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. He and his family made Aliyah in 1994 and after seven years as rabbi of Kehilat Moreshet Avraham in Jerusalem, he became the Director of Education for the Young Judaea Year Course. He received his PhD in Bible at Bar Ilan University in January 2016. Howard conducts specialized Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families from North America who are visiting Israel. He lives in Jerusalem and is married and has four children.
daniella pressnerDaniella Pressner is Head of School at the Akiva School in Nashville, TN. Born in Jerusalem, and raised in Chicago, Daniella received her BA from Barnard College in Religion and Dance and her MA from Vanderbilt University in Jewish Studies. She has studied at Drisha, Pardes, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was DSLTI fellow. Daniella currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Middle School in Nashville and is involved in the Collaborative for Spiritual Development at Columbia University. She has served on HaYedion’s editorial board and is a past president of Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle TN. She has taught nationally on curricular design & implementation, teacher/child support and differentiation, and children and spirituality. Daniella is studying at Yeshivat Maharat as a member of their Advanced Kollel Executive Track. She is married to Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Congregation Sherith Israel and the mother of four spunky children.