Upcoming Event

Tikun Leil Shavuot 5779

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Sunday, June 9, 2019

11:30 pm - 4:00 am

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
29 Pierre Koenig Street, Talpiot, Jerusalem , Israel

Tikun Leil Shavuot 5779

In memory of Fred Simon Worms OBE, a longtime benefactor of Pardes and a visionary in Jewish education & on the occasion of John & Tabby Corre’s Golden Wedding Anniversary on 25th May 2019.

Evening Schedule:

Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:30 PM – 12:50 AM (overnight)
From Sefirat HaOmer to Revelation: How the Rabbis Read Biblical Texts (Rabbi Rahel Berkovits)

11:30 PM – 12:50 AM (overnight)
Becoming a Ladder Between Heaven and Earth: A Sweet Torah from the Baal Shem Tov (Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan)

11:30 PM – 12:50 AM (overnight)
When the Heavens Opened: The Jewish Idea of Revelation (Professor James Kugel)

Sunday, June 9, 2019
1:10 AM – 2:25 AM
Is Happiness Possible? Coveting, Capitalism, and the Search for a Good Life (Dr. Elliot Malamet)

1:10 AM – 2:25 AM
Nothing But the Truth? Balancing Torah and Personal Integrity (Rabbi Leon A. Morris)

2:40 AM – 4:00 AM
Burning Words, Eating Words, Breaking Words: Books in the Book of Books (Rabbi David Levin-Kruss)

2:40 AM – 4:00 AM
Yitzchak and Isma’il: From Matan Torah to Today (Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth & Sheikh Ghassan Menasra)

Tikun Leil Shavuot Faculty  
Rabbi Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching Mishnah, Talmud and halakha for over twenty years. Rahel lectures widely in both Israel and abroad especially on topics concerning women and Jewish law and a Jewish sexual ethic. She is the Halakhic Editor and a writer for Hilkhot Nashim the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance’s Halakhic Source-guide Series, recently published by Koren Publishing. Rahel is a founding member of Congregation Shirah Hadasha, a halakhic partnership Synagogue, and serves on their halakha committee. In June 2015, Rahel received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbis Herzl Hefter and Daniel Sperber.
Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan was born in Jerusalem. She grew up in a Zionist Orthodox family and is a descendant of a long line of Lithuanian rabbis on her mother’s side. She studied law at Hebrew University but decided not to work in the field – instead she immersed herself in Torah studies at the Hartman and Pardes Institutes in Jerusalem. Always a spiritual seeker, Ruth became involved in interfaith activities that led her to representing Judaism at various international forums as well as being amongst the first Israelis to travel and study in India and Nepal.In the late 80s she married Dr. Michael Kagan, author of the Holistic Haggadah, and together they were part of the first wave of New Age activists in Israel. Ruth and Michael’s main interest became the renewal of Judaism and together they taught classes and workshops in Israel and around the world. In 2003 Ruth received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi through the Aleph Rabbinical Seminary, of which she is now a member of the faculty. In 2006 she published, together with Rabbi Zalman, Jewish Renewal – Integrating Heart and World (Kirvat Elohim, Yediot Achronot), the first book in Hebrew describing the principles and practice of Jewish Renewal for Israeli readership.Rabbi Ruth teaches classes and workshops in Jewish spirituality in Israel and around the world. She is the founder of congregation Nava Tehila in Jerusalem.
James L. Kugel is Professor Emeritus in the Bible Department at Bar Ilan University in Israel and the Harry M. Starr Professor Emeritus of Classical and Modern Hebrew Literature at Harvard University. James Kugel is the author and editor of 16 books and numerous articles on the Bible and its early commentators, focusing on the Second Temple period. In 2001, his book, the Bible As It Was won the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in religion. The prize “recognizes outstanding and creative works that promote understanding of the relationship between human beings and the divine.” The Bible As It Was was published in 1997 by Harvard University. It is the annotated version of a lengthier work, entitled Traditions of the Bible.
Dr. Elliott Malamet is the co-founder and Chief Ideas Officer at Living Jewishly, based in Toronto, which provides opportunities to engage in Jewish Life through unique experiences, exceptional events and relevant conversations. Dr. Malamet taught Jewish philosophy and Education for twenty years in Canadian universities prior to making aliyah. He currently lectures in ethics and philosophy at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat, and Israeli Literature at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University.
Rabbi Leon A. Morris is the President of Pardes and is the first alumnus to head the institution (Year Program alumnus ’94-’95; Summer Program alumnus ’93 and ’94). Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna ’94-’95) and their three children in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El (now the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center) in Manhattan. Before coming to Pardes, Leon served as a Vice President for Israel Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute and was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College.Ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1997 where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, he has worked extensively with the Jewish community of India, beginning in 1990 when he served as a Jewish Service Corps volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He was also a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow. Leon has taught at Orthodox, Conservative and Reform institutions and is a regular contributor to the Jewish, US and Israeli press. He is an editor of the new Reform High Holy Day machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh and is a contributor to Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief (edited by Elliot Cosgrove, Jewish Lights, 2010).
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss is an adjunct faculty member at Pardes. He is the Director of Education, Europe for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. David holds a B.A. and Teachers’ Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He himself attended Pardes as a student. Following that he spent a number of years in yeshiva and received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. Previous to working at Pardes, David served as the director of the overseas department at the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education. He also taught on a number of year long programs including Young Judea and Otzma. David spent four years in the United Kingdom where he served as the community director and family educator of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, in northwest London, the largest orthodox synagogue in Europe. David hails from South Africa, loves cooking in his spare time and sees himself as a bridge between Jewish heritage and those seeking to connect or reconnect to that tradition. David founded and directs “My Open Book Life Coaching” which uses general and Jewish texts as well as life coaching techniques to achieve personal breakthroughs. He is married and the proud father of three boys.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, which includes the Mahloket Matters Project, and has been teaching at Pardes for over twenty years. In addition, Roth is the director of the Mosaica Center’s Religious Peace Initiative and teaches graduate courses on religion and peace building at Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program, as well as at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and at Hebrew University’s Coexistence in the Middle East summer program. Roth is also the founder of the 9AdarProject: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as DiburHadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue, and a regular lecturer of MEJDI (multi-narrative) Tours and National Geographic. Roth was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution Program, MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, B.Ed in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion during which time he received rabbinic ordination.
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is an ordained Sheikh in the Qadiri Sufi Order in the Holy Land, and son of Sheikh Abdel Salaam Manasra – head of the Qadiri Sufi Order in the Holy Land. He is the founder of Anwar-Il-Salaam, the Lights of Peace Center in Nazareth, and is Director, Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth. Ghassan is an expert and lectures in Islam, Islamic history, Sufism, and contemporary Muslim issues in the Middle East, Europe, and the USA. He is married to daughter of late Sheikh Baghdadi, renowned Muslim leader, and Holy Land facilitator in interfaith dialogue projects.Ghassan has received multiple awards and accolades for his peacemaking, including most recently the 2014 “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue Award” from the renowned Dialogue Institute at Temple University.

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