News and Updates

“HaMishna shel Rebbi – A New Book from Rabbi Dov Berkovits

Posted on September 14, 2023

Rabbi Dov Berkovits (Legacy Faculty) has provided the Pardes community with a Rosh Hashana preview of his upcoming book. Below, you can read his message to our community and download your copy.  Please note: The preview and upcoming book are in Hebrew only.  The insert on Masechet Rosh Hashana that you may download below (that, Continue Reading »

9.13.23 – Pardes Welcomes New Board Members

Posted on September 13, 2023

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors! All three are alumni of Pardes, lifelong learners within our community, and steadfast partners in our mission of providing accessible and deep Torah learning experiences. Mark S. Cohen Pardes Board of Directors, Israel Retired Attorney Officer and Continue Reading »

Meaning-Mining with Your Students

Posted on August 4, 2023

“It’s about being a teacher who is a normal person too, and saying: ‘let’s explore this text together, because I need this too.’” Aviva Lauer was recently featured on The Jewish Education Experience Podcast, to talk about meaning-mining with students and sharing your true self with them.

Hope and Resilience in the Midst of Strife:
Thoughts and Prayers for the State of Israel on this 9th of Av

Posted on July 25, 2023

A message from Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, Director of the Year Program: עם הנצח לא מפחד מדרך ארוכה “The eternal nation is not afraid of a long journey” A popular folk song based on a saying by Rav Kook z”l The State of Israel and the Jewish people had an intense week of conflict. The Continue Reading »

Midrash Favouritism – Part of the Maggid of Melbourne’s Hasidic Lore Series

Posted on July 20, 2023

In an unexpected passage in the Midrash, the sages recounted a deal struck between Moses and his future father-in-law, Jethro. Moses had already decided to serve God, when he came to Jethro to ask for Zipporah’s hand in marriage. Before giving his blessing, Jethro asked Moses for one undertaking…

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Strengthens Faculty with Five New Additions

Posted on July 20, 2023

The Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies is proud to announce the appointment of five distinguished faculty members, marking an exciting phase of growth and development in line with its strategic plan. These additions further strengthen Pardes’s commitment to delivering transformative Jewish education and fostering a vibrant and inclusive community. “Because Pardes students create such a Continue Reading »

Congratulations to Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship!

Posted on June 1, 2023

At the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, we are deeply committed to the professional growth of Jewish educators.  We are excited to celebrate the completion of Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship (SELF). We look forward to seeing the lasting impact these Jewish educational leaders will have within their own communities and the Continue Reading »

Celebrating Our Recently Ordained Alumni!

Posted on May 31, 2023

At Pardes, we are dedicated to nurturing the growth of the next generation of Jewish leaders. Today, we celebrate our outstanding alumni who have recently received rabbinic ordination. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and the impact they will make as leaders and teachers in their communities.  Mazal tov to all of our Continue Reading »

Shavuot: A Chance to Become a Centrist

Posted on May 24, 2023

By Sherwin Pomerantz In Israel, as in the rest of the world, we see people chained to the circumference of the circle, unwilling to let go of hardened positions and allow the centripetal forces to bring them close.

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Shavuot calls us to resist polarization

Posted on May 17, 2023

Our diversity is our great strength. Rather than pull to extremes, the Jewish people must amplify their centripetal force.