Initiatives


The Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative:

The Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative will energize, professionalize and transform the field of tefilah education in North America. This initiative consists of running whole school professional development to transform school tefilah, producing the groundbreaking tefilah education guide entitled Reimagining Tefilah Education: Guidelines for Schools, running a Tefilah Education Conference for Day School Administrators (summer 2019), and recently launching a first of its kind Online Tefilah Resource Database.

More details about this trailblazing initiative can be found here.

Pardes thanks the AVI CHAI Foundation for its generous support of the Tefilah Education Initiative.


Mahloket Matters:

Many of the most heated ideological and political conflicts in the world today arise from the contradictory ways various groups interpret their reality and texts. From religious and historical texts to the texts of social and mainstream media, conflicting groups find themselves in ever deepening narrative divides, with little to no ability to understand and engage in meaningful and constructive disagreement.

At the core of the traditional beit midrash (house of study) is the in-depth havruta (study partners) of diverse and often contradictory interpretations of primary Jewish texts, commonly known as a mahloket (disagreement). The hypothesis of The Beit Midrash Way is that a methodology of studying texts such as Biblical conflict narratives, together with conflicting historical precedents, can positively impact people’s ability to understand, interpret and engage more constructively in conflicting political and ideological issues today.

Suitable for your synagogue, federation, campus, school and communal study groups; Join us in classic rigorous and relevant text study that seeks to empower your community to understand and engage in political and ideological disagreements more constructively.

Visit www.elmad.pardes.org/mmatters for more information and to register.


Pardes-Kevah Teaching Fellowship:

The Pardes-Kevah Teaching Fellowship aims to significantly improve the quality of adult Jewish education in the North American Jewish community. While many fine institutions exist to teach Torah to the next generation of Jewish leaders, rarely are these scholars taught how to teach the Torah that they have learned. Despite the lack of teacher training, Jewish professionals are simply expected to be able to teach Torah well.

This teaching fellowship offers a unique opportunity for those with strong backgrounds in Jewish learning -Rabbinical students, graduate students, and Jewish educators- to receive intensive training to develop their teaching skills in adult Jewish education. Participants will engage in a unique model for adult education that harnesses the power of a decentralized, interactive, conversational approach. This model allows the educator to act as both a content expert and – equally important – a skilled facilitator in the creation of a “group havruta.”

More information about this wonderful program can be found here.