Alumni Articles

Combining Torah and the Arts at Pardes

Posted on June 22, 2022

This article was originally published in the December 2021 edition of Pardes’s Havruta magazine. To learn more about the Pardes Arts and Culture Fellowship, visit or email Ilana HaCohen at  

The emerging rabbinic pulpit

Posted on June 10, 2022

Pardes Board member and alum Faith Leener (Year ’10-’11, Summer ’17) is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the growing Base Movement (check them out:

25 Pardes Alumni Ordained This Spring Across Denominations

Posted on June 9, 2022

Pardes is excited to announce that 25 alumni were ordained as rabbis this spring! Pardes has always proudly welcomed Jews of all Jewish backgrounds, beliefs, and denominational affiliations to our programs. It is often said that the cross-pollination that takes place in our Beit Midrash is the secret sauce that makes the Pardes experience so Continue Reading »

Pardes Center for Jewish Educators Graduation!

Posted on June 2, 2022

Of the five Pardes Day School Educators Program graduates, three received awards at the Hebrew College commencement ceremony for their accomplishments in the MA of Jewish Education program. Three students receiving awards is unprecedented – in the past, only one student per year has been honored. The award winners are: LEO & SADIE FLAX FUND Continue Reading » – Experientializing the Text: An Invitation to Join

Posted on March 3, 2022

Written by Aviva Lauer (Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators) – Those of us reading this journal are a pretty self-selected group. We love studying Jewish text. We find meaning and value and personal relevance in the word of God, in the divinely inspired writings of our ancient leaders, and in the holy Continue Reading »

Times of Israel – Carry That Weight

Posted on March 2, 2022

Written by Rabbi Brent Spodek (PNA Faculty, Year ’00-’01) – The first and only time I tried to impress a girl by singing was when I was 15 years old. I had gone to the closing dance of my summer program with Franchesca, even though I really had a crush on Stacey. However, when the Continue Reading »

New York Times – Opinion | In the Jewish Tradition, the Words We Choose Matter

Posted on February 20, 2022

Written by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt (Year ’99-’00) – Rabbi Holtzblatt is a co-senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. The Torah begins with the world being created by words. “Let there be” is the recurring refrain. God names each item — Light. Day. Night. Darkness. Earth. Sea. Heaven. From this emerges the concept Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – This is How Jews Can Be a Light Unto the Nations

Posted on February 17, 2022

Written by Sherwin Pomerantz – The immediate past Chair of the Israel board, Sherwin discusses the recent public remarks made about race in America and what alternatives we have to improve the situation. What does that mean to us in today’s society? How can we Jews fulfill the mandate to be a light unto the nations Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumna Miriam Lorie Makes History with Rabbinical Appointment at UK Orthodox Community

Posted on February 6, 2022

Written by Simon Rocker of the Jewish Chronicle – Miriam Lorie (PCJE ’16-’17) makes history with rabbinical appointment at UK Orthodox community. She hopes her role as ‘rabbi in training’ at Borehamwood partnership minyan will have ‘positive ripples on the Jewish world’. An Orthodox community in Hertfordshire is making history as the first in the Continue Reading »