News and Updates

Pardes Seeks Digital Marketing Associate

Posted on July 27, 2021

Digital Marketing Associate About Pardes: The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is an open, inclusive, diverse, and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel. Pardes inspires engagement in Jewish life — as communal and spiritual leaders, educators and Continue Reading »

eJewishPhilanthropy – Nigel Savage (Year ’94-’95) looks back on two decades at Hazon

Posted on July 26, 2021

Written by Helen Chernikoff – In 2000, Nigel Savage founded Hazon, an early Jewish environmental organization, around the idea of raising awareness by combining issues like sustainability and justice with bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors. Now, the group is merging with the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Baltimore County, Md., and Savage will step Continue Reading »

Texas Hillel Foundation Hires Rabbi Will Hall

Posted on July 26, 2021

Ahead of the 2021-’22 school year, Texas Hillel Foundation is welcoming Rabbi Will Hall (Year ’14-’15) to the position of rabbi/senior Jewish educator and Aviva Mangista to the position of Jewish Agency Israel fellow as part of its Jewish Student Life team. These staff positions are central to Texas Hillel’s mission of enriching the lives Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumni Featured in Jewish Week 36 Under 26 2021 List

Posted on July 14, 2021

Mazal tov to Pardes alumni Merav Fine Braun (Spirituality Retreat ’13-’14, Summer ’14) and Dammara Hall (PCJE ’16-’18, Summer ’16) who were both featured in The New York Jewish Week 36 Under 36 2021 list. Each year The Jewish Week celebrates 36 noteworthy New Yorkers, all 36 years old or younger, who make New York Continue Reading »

Pardes 2020-21 students donate beautiful bookshelf to Jerusalem location

Posted on July 13, 2021

Pardes 2020-21 students donated a beautiful bookshelf, adorned with beloved books from the class of 5781, inscribed with notes to future students. A framed quote atop the bookshelf shares “Just as my ancestors planted for me, I too, I am planting for my descendants (Ta’anit 23a). There is an invitation to borrow, donate, and leave Continue Reading »

David Ben Moshe, alumnus of the Pardes Year and Summer Program, describing why he loves Pardes.

I’m a Black Ex-Felon. I Have a Message About Cancel Culture

Posted on July 9, 2021

David Ben Moshe (Year ’17-’18, Summer ’17), bravely shares reflections on his personal life story in Newsweek Magazine.

Alum Merissa Nathan Gerson (Year ’10-’11) Publishes New Book

Posted on July 8, 2021

When I attend­ed yeshi­va at the Pardes Insti­tute for Jew­ish Stud­ies it was for one rea­son, and one rea­son only: I was an advice colum­nist, Ask Your Yen­ta, writ­ing about sex and dat­ing and I had no idea about what Judaism had to say on the top­ic. I spent a dif­fi­cult and amaz­ing year neck-deep in Jew­ish text study, and emerged Continue Reading »

Dean Bernstein’s Closing Words on the Final Day of Classes

Posted on July 5, 2021

The following inspirational words by Pardes Dean, Dr. David I. Bernstein, were delivered to Year Program students on the final day of classes, May 27, 2021. As I said on our very first day back in September: we believe the Torah is given not only to the rabbis, or to Kohanim, or to the Orthodox, or to Continue Reading »

Mahloket Matters Fellowship Update: Meet the Fellows of the Covenant Leadership Cohort

Posted on June 24, 2021

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 Continue Reading »

The Jewish News – ‘The New Jew’ shows Israelis how Judaism works in the U.S.

Posted on June 23, 2021

Written by Rabbi Leon Morris (President of Pardes, Summers ’92, ’93, Year ’95-’96) and Rabbi Josh Weinberg – A new Israeli government has brought a renewed focus on repairing ties between Israel and the Diaspora. Yair Lapid, a key part of the new coalition, has emphatically stated, “Jews from all streams, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, Continue Reading »