We live in a moment of unprecedented breakdown in civil discourse. Yet, our Jewish tradition upholds the principle that constructive disagreement for the sake of heaven (Mahloket L’Shem Shamayim), is not only imperative but the holy work needed to repair what can feel like irreconcilable differences that permeate within our Jewish communities. Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today, Pardes North America (PNA) has launched its second year of the Mahloket Matters Fellowship.
The fellowship will consist of two essential components:
By participating in the MM Fellowship, fellows will:
Judaism teaches that constructive disagreement for the sake of heaven (Mahloket L’shem Shamayim) is the holy work needed to repair seemingly irreconcilable differences. But it doesn’t happen on its own. Pardes North America, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, is honored to present its second RA Mahloket Matters Fellowship cohort, consisting of outstanding rabbinical educators.
Over the course of seven sessions, fellows will explore a methodology of text study that delves into complex and contradictory narratives and then apply this methodology in their own work by creating programs that increase the desire and ability to understand and engage more constructively with conflicting political opinions today, thereby improving civil discourse. The fellowship will consist of two essential components:
Dates: 7 virtual sessions // Thursdays, June 2-July 21 (No session on July 14)
Stipend: Each fellow will receive a $300 stipend for their participation, as well as a $500 community engagement fund.
Application: Click here to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are due Friday, May 20.
Pardes North America invites Hillel professionals of all Jewish learning backgrounds to apply for the NEW Immersive Summer Fellowship in Jerusalem, July 10-28, 2022, with a focus on Mahloket Matters: Healing our Broken Discourse.
The Fellowship is a cohort-based learning experience within the larger Pardes Summer Program. Fellows immerse in Jewish text study, touring and building community alongside our dynamic, intergenerational and international Summer Program student body, while also coming together multiple times a week as a smaller affinity group to study and workshop Jewish ideas and texts on the theme of navigating conflict constructively.
The Fellowship is open to Hillel professionals in programming and education roles returning to North American campuses. Fellows commit to translating their personal summer study in Jerusalem into meaningful learning experiences designed to support their campus communities around contentious issues, with Jewish wisdom and text as an anchor.
The Future Changemakers Leadership Cohort is designed for up-and-coming Rabbis and Jewish Educators who are either currently in rabbinical/graduate school or in their first 4 years of working in the Jewish world.
Dr. Yehuda Silberman is currently a Facilitator for the International Center for religion and Diplomacy and also serves as a Coach in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge Program for the International Research & Exchanges Board.
Karolyn Benger is a student at Yeshivah Maharat, a board
member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, the Vice Chair of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Phoenix, and serves on the Jewish Advisory Board for the Phoenix Police Department.
Michaela Slutsky is an Education Consultant for Independent and Inclusive Models at The Jewish Education Project. Michaela was the founding Director of RUACH: Emotional and Spiritual Support, an online mental health platform to support the Jewish community at the beginning of the pandemic.
Dr. David Orenstein is a Senior Research Analyst in Education and Media at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis in Massachusetts. He is a recipient of the Leonore and Louis Piser Prize in Jewish Studies.
Cantor Marc Stober is currently serving as Education Director and Cantor at Temple Israel in Manchester, New Hampshire along with being a teacher and prayer leader at several other congregations including Temple Beth David of Westwood, Massachusetts and Congregation Miskhan Tefilah of Brookline, Massachusetts.
The Pardes Alumni Leadership Cohort is designed as a special PNA opportunity for Pardes Alumni who live in North America. This cohort will be an intergenerational cohort of fellows from various years at Pardes.
Dr. Sharon Pollin is currently Education Director of Congregation Shaarie Torah, co-chairs her local Women’s Giving Circle and serves as a mentor to Jewish professionals. As Head of School she successfully led the revitalization of the Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans.
After studying at Pardes in
Jerusalem and the Adamah Fellowship, Tadea Klein serves as the Costume Designer & Farmer at Double Edge Theatre and a lay member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton.
Renato Huarte Cuéllar is a professor at Universidad
Hebraica in Mexico City. He has dealt with different traditions in philosophy and the use of texts and their translations, specifically in Jewish traditions. He has worked in different non-formal educational projects like Limmud and has translated several texts from Hebrew into Spanish.
Cantor Jana Schachter teaches religious school at Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel in Sewell, NJ and teaches a Shabbat morning Torah study class at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, NJ.
Lilyfish Gomber is currently working as the Springboard Ezra Jewish Education Fellow at Vanderbilt Hillel. LilyFish has worked for several Jewish organizations, including Keshet, Repair the World, the Jewish Community Day School of Boston, and Camp Havaya , and hopes to someday become a Reconstructionist Rabbi.
Erica Riddick (she/they) is the founder of Jews of Color Sanctuary, and creator of the Bilhah Zilpah Project. She is currently creating and teaching text studies for Ammud Jews of Color Torah Academy and Mayyim Hayyim. Erica was the 2021
Hollander Social Justice Fellow of the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute, and a 2018 JewV’Nation Fellow.
Binyamin Cohen is a Jewish Studies teacher at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, IL. He completed his Master’s in Jewish Education through Pardes Day School Educators Program in conjunction with Hebrew College.
Ben Soloway has 20 years of experience working as a Jewish Educator in informal, classroom, in-person and virtual educational settings in the UK, Israel and the US. Ben is the first person with a pre-existing physical disability to become a Government Licensed Tour Guide in Israel.
Andrew Spector is Co-Founder and Program Director of Tulsa Changemakers, a youth leadership development and action organization. In 2018, Andrew was honored with ionOklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 Award.
Dr. Laurie Fisher has been a Jewish educator for over twenty years ranging from bnai mitzvah tutor to synagogue education director to day school teacher to professor. She is currently a Hebrew and Judaics teacher at Denver Jewish Day School and an adjunct professor at Gratz College.
Emily Simon has been an attorney since 1979 and was a Juvenile Defender until 2019. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Defense Lawyers Association in 2013. Currently, she runs a mentorship program for Federal Criminal Defenders and is a Co-Chair of Ashland Oregon’s Social Equity and Racial Justice commission.