News and Updates

Jerusalem Post – Justice in the Biblical Story of Dinah

Posted on November 21, 2021

Written by Pardes faculty member Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash – “Out went Dinah the daughter of Leah whom she bore to Jacob, to see the girls of the land. Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, Prince of the Land, saw her. He took her and lay with her and degraded her.” (Genesis 32: 1-3) Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Which Israel educator are you?

Posted on November 11, 2021

Written by Ilan Bloch (Community Education ’06-’07, ’15-’16, Year ’20-’21). This article was inspired by Pardes faculty member Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash. A tour guide or teacher might also have higher expectations of her students. She may embrace the Socratic method continuously, even when students are exhausted. Our Sages teach (Taanit 23a) that halfway through Continue Reading »

Lookstein.org – Careful Consumption of Social Media

Posted on November 9, 2021

Pardes student Hannah Greenberg (PCJE ’20-’22) was featured in The Lookstein Center online newsletter, discussing social media, Israel and education. In an age of social media and social justice activism, when it comes to teaching our students about Israel, it can be challenging to find open and healthy discourse. When Ben & Jerry’s pulled selling Continue Reading »

Washington Post – Pardes Student Speaks About Recent Clash at the Western Wall

Posted on November 8, 2021

Pardes student Joe Brophy (PCJE ’19-’21, Fellows ’21-’22) is featured in this Washington Post article about his experience being at a Women of the Wall service, that was met with harsh protest from an ultra-Orthodox group in Israel. In a historic first, hundreds of Israeli police actively protected Women of the Wall against thousands of Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumnus Jeff Green (Year ’86-’87, ’87-’88) and His Aliyah Featured in the Jerusalem Post

Posted on November 7, 2021

The Jerusalem Post – Written by Howard Blas — As a teenager, Jeff Green was a committed and observant Conservative Jew with plans of becoming a Conservative rabbi – until a friend showed him a brochure for Pardes. The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem refers to itself as “an open, inclusive, diverse and Continue Reading »

Israel21 Online – A Bank With a Charitable Ethos and No Building

Posted on November 3, 2021

Written by Pardes Alumnus Briam Blum (Year ’85-’86, Community Education ’18-’20) – Shawn Melamed’s home office is filled with high-tech equipment – computers, microphones, cameras for Zoom. But the most visible keyboard is not connected to his laptop. It’s a full-sized one meant for making music. Melamed, who cofounded and serves as CEO of Spiral,  a Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post: Pardes’s Rabbi Alex Israel and Gila Fine Reflect on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s First Yahrzeit

Posted on November 2, 2021

Written by Benjy Singer – Rabbi Sacks: Top educators reflect on his first yahrzeit. As we mark the first anniversary of his death, The Jerusalem Report heard the personal memories of four leading international Jewish educators of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “Benjy, we need to realize that the key to successful Jewish education is nurturing Continue Reading »

Times of Israel – ’Rabin Day’ could become a day of healing

Posted on October 20, 2021

Written by Rabbi Alex Israel – I will never forget the night of Rabin’s assassination. For days afterwards, I could viscerally feel the terror and shame, the fear and the foreboding, in my stomach, in my bones. And here we are again marking 26 years since that dreadful night when a Jew, an Israeli citizen, Continue Reading »

eJewishPhilanthropy – Tired of gender talk? I’m not!

Posted on October 17, 2021

Written by Lisa Bodziner (Mechina ’05-’06, PCJE ’06-’08, Summers ’09, ’10) – I must admit, four years ago today, when I drove up to Towson University’s campus for the third time in my life I thought I was a shoo-in and knew exactly what I would be doing as the executive director of a medium-size Continue Reading »

A Taste of the Rabbinic Israel Seminar

Posted on October 14, 2021

The Pardes Year Program 2021-22 Rabbinic Israel Seminar and Shabbaton has been generously sponsored by Rebecca and Michael Gordon, alum of Pardes Learning Seminars and member of the Pardes Board of Directors, North America. Students wrote about their experience at the Rabbinic Israel Seminar. Read their posts now! Parasha Connections by Hannah Greenberg Galil North Reflection Continue Reading »