We are living in a moment of unprecedented breakdown in American civil discourse. Unable to listen to each other – let alone understand each other – we are stuck in our own echo chambers. Many fear speaking up, lest we be judged or “canceled.” We cannot even agree on a shared set of facts or norms to govern our discourse. These problems cause significant pain and dysfunction for millions, and they show up at work, at schools, on the streets and in our families. The trauma of the global pandemic has only increased fear and distrust among many. This is as true in the Jewish community as it is in society generally.
Pardes North America seeks to foster a renewed discourse that heals divisions and offers our communities – and the world – a path forward.
Pardes North America’s pioneering Mahloket Matters methodology combines social psychology with the rich Jewish textual tradition of deeply engaging with conflicting opinions in order to learn. This curriculum helps provide learners with the motivation to better engage constructively with those with whom they disagree, thereby improving civil discourse. Mahloket Matters reframes what previously felt hostile and threatening as an opportunity for connection and change.
Pardes North America has designed several curricula for various audiences and age groups. The Mahloket Matters Curriculum has been utilized by hundreds of communities and Jewish leaders across the globe, fostering open-mindedness and healthy discourse.
An immersive cohort experience for leaders within the North American Jewish community. Fellows engage in deep study of the Mahloket Matters material and work to integrate improved civil discourse within their home communities.
During the week of 9 Adar, PNA seeks to cultivate a culture of constructive disagreement across divides. In commemoration of 9 Adar, PNA provides resources to be used in the home, school, and community.