Alumni Articles

Four Pardes Alumni Awarded 2020 Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation

Posted on October 29, 2020

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies wishes a warm felt mazal tov to Jessie Silverman Gindea (PCJE ’10-’12), Rabbi Rachel Isaacs (Year ’05-’06), Rabbi Jordan David Soffer (Year ’11-’12) and Laynie Soloman (Year ’12) for receiving the 2020 Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation.

Magda Dorosz

eJP – A Journey of Discovery

Posted on October 28, 2020

Written by Magda Dorosz (Hillel Summer Program ’16) – I have sent 314 young Polish Jews to Israel on Birthright Israel since 2011, because the trip is among the most important Jewish experiences for young adults in Poland that impacts their future engagement. Hillel in Poland is now the leading provider of that trip. Birthright Continue Reading »

eJP – Kids’ Mental Health Can’t be an Afterthought – Especially Not Now

Posted on September 14, 2020

Written by Carrie Bornstein (Year ’05-’06) – For months, teachers, parents, and administrators have been considering every element of the school day in preparation for reopening. The details are dizzying. Where will everyone sit on the school bus? Can we still use the water fountains? Who needs an iPad at home? How will our kids Continue Reading »

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The Jewish Chronicle – In the eyes of the Torah, we are all the children of immigrants

Posted on September 8, 2020

Written by Benedict Roth (Year ’88-’89, Summer ’12, ’15) – The tension between narrower and more universal interpretation of the Torah is highlighted by a well-known verse in this week’s sidrah. Nowhere does the Jewish pendulum swing so rapidly from inclusiveness to xenophobia, from openness to suspicion, as it does at the start of this Continue Reading »

Alumni News – Alyssa Silva, a Houston Hillel Professional Expands Role

Posted on September 7, 2020

Alyssa Silva (PEEP ’18-’19, Communications Fellow ’19, WLI ’20) recently assumed a new role – assistant executive director at Houston Hillel. Silva arrived at Houston Hillel one year ago as director of Jewston, Houston Hillel’s community for Jewish twentysomethings (graduate students and young professionals). Silva will continue as Houston Hillel’s lead professional for Jewston, but Continue Reading »

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eJewishPhilanthropy – Nurturing the Individual and the Collective: Lessons from a Summer of Mentorship

Posted on August 25, 2020

By Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath (PCJE ’14-’15, Lo BaShamayim Hee ’17) – Like all of my fellow educators, I had a to do list in mind for Summer 2020. I was going to sit on my floor surrounded by neon index cards and thoughtfully rework my leadership development content for the year to come. I was going Continue Reading »

Pardes News – Alumna Whitney Fisch (Hillel Summer ’05, Year ’08-’09) Named Executive Director of Miami University Hillel

Posted on August 3, 2020

Cleveland Jewish News – Whitney Fisch has assumed the executive director position at Hillel at Miami University in Oxford, the organization’s board of directors announced. Fisch replaces Marcy Miller, who is retiring after nine years in the role, according to a July 30 news release. Fisch has a master’s degree in social work from the Continue Reading »

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Times of Israel – Lessons Learned or Not During the Pandemic and ‘The Three Weeks’

Posted on July 29, 2020

By Karen Feuer (Staff) – In the last few months, I have heard a subtle but significant change in the prayers offered by our communities as we have implored Hashem to remove from us the plague of COVID-19. In place of the traditional conclusion asking for the health and healing of Am Yisrael, a new Continue Reading »

Pardes News — Pardes Alumnus Wins Davies Award in Archeology

Posted on July 22, 2020

Mazel tov to Pardes alumnus Dr. Matthew Susnow (Year ’06-’07), winner of the 2019 Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Researcher Publication Award! “The Palestine Exploration Fund is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Susnow’s entry—‘Liminality and Canaanite Cultic Spaces: Temple Entrances, Status Transformations and Ritual in Threshold Contexts’—has been selected for the 2019 Davies Continue Reading »

Pardes News — 2 Pardes Alums Selected as Visiting Artists at The Bronfman Fellowship

Posted on July 2, 2020

Mazel tov to Pardes alums Alicia Jo Rabins (Year ’98-’99, Fellows ’99-’00) and Jessica Tamar Deutsch (Summer ’17) for being selected as 2 of the 4 first-ever Visiting Artists at The Bronfman Fellowship! “The Bronfman Fellowship is a year-long, transformative experience of study and conversation centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts, participated in by twenty-six Jewish Continue Reading »