Alumni Articles

Patheos.com – How the Bible Gives Us the Compass We Need for Americas Turmoil Now

Posted on August 8, 2021

Written by Noah Lawrence (Year ’15-’16, Summer ’16) – Unprecedented is one of our most frequent words for these challenging times in America. We have witnessed astonishing political turmoil and even violence reaching a climax during the transfer of power in Washington and still ongoing in our conflict over understanding what happened this past January. Continue Reading »

eJP – Smashing the idol of inertia: Sunsetting the second day of holidays

Posted on August 8, 2021

Written by Rabbi Dr. Shai Cherry (Year ’91-’93) – Returning to the States after two years at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, where I first became traditionally observant, was disorienting enough. Never did I seriously entertain keeping the second day of holidays as do most traditional Jews outside of Israel. But that was way back 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 »

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 »

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 »

Jerusalem Post – Bake sale to combat antisemitism draws Jewish food, but few allies

Posted on June 13, 2021

Whitney Fisch (Hillel Summer ’05, Year ’08-’09) and the sale’s other organizers said they are pleased by the turnout among Jewish food personalities, who will sell or auction baked goods and other products to benefit an Ohio Holocaust museum. Fisch, a longtime food blogger who is one of the organizers, said she knows of only Continue Reading »

The Forward – Antisemitism video explainer from UC Berkeley aims to cool campus debate

Posted on June 10, 2021

Ethan Katz (Hourly ’16-’17), Steven Davidoff Solomon (Summer ’06) and Sarah Lefton (Summer ’09) created and directed an 11-minute video for college students, university staff, and administrators aimed at combating ignorance of Jewish history, improving the discourse on issues related to Israel, and improving the campus climate for Jewish and pro-Israel students.