Alumni Articles

eJP – Havruta Learning: Torah at Its Best

Posted on January 13, 2021

Written by Sherwin Pomerantz (Israel Board Chair of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies) – Ben Lusher’s recent article on investing in Jewish learning at Moishe House brought back some good memories for me. During my 20 years in Chicago before Aliyah 37 years ago, I had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Continue Reading »

eJP – Scaling Small for Deep Impact

Posted on January 7, 2021

Written by Rabbi Benjamin Berger (Summer ’01, ’03) – While Gen Z, those born after 1995, are often known for being “digital natives,” like all humans before them they overwhelmingly crave in-person connection. Their adolescent digital lives are often disrupted  in college by  life-changing interactions, which we all recall from our own college experiences. Face-to-face Continue Reading »

eJP – The Development of the Organized Jewish Philanthropic Community in the United States

Posted on January 7, 2021

Written by Yisrael (Stephen) Donshik (PLS ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19, hourly for many years) – Many people have wanted to know more about the development of the organized Jewish community in the United States and how the Jewish federation became a one-stop address for raising funds, providing local services, and meeting overseas needs. Yet, it Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumna Robin Mencher (Year ’96-’97) is New Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay.

Posted on January 6, 2021

This announcement was published on and written by Alix Wall. Pardes Alumna Robin Mencher (Year ’96-’97) has been named the new executive director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, replacing outgoing director Avi Rose. Given that Robin Mencher describes herself as “fairly low-risk and conservative in making decisions,” one might assume that Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post Update – Pardes Alumnus David Ben Moshe’s Jewish status finally recognized!

Posted on December 17, 2020

Following a three-year struggle to be recognized as a Jew in the State of Israel, Pardes alum David Ben Moshe (Summer ’17, Year ’17-’18) has finally been granted recognition by the Ministry of Interior in Israel. He will now receive temporary residency status in the country and continue to fight for his right to gain Continue Reading »

eJP – Putting Jewish Values Back into GivingTuesday

Posted on December 14, 2020

Written by Pardes Alumna Karen Radkowsky (Seminar ’08, ’11, ’13) – Last week saw the most profitable GivingTuesday to date, with over $2.47 billion raised in a single day in the United States alone – a 25% increase over 2019, according to the GivingTuesday Data Commons. This is particularly notable given that the Bureau of Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Pardes Alumnus David Ben Moshe’s nightmarish three-year quest for citizenship continues

Posted on December 8, 2020

Written by Jeremy Sharon — An Orthodox convert with a criminal past in Baltimore’s drug gangs who turned his life around, married in Israel, and applied for citizenship under the Law of Return two and a half years ago, continues to face a nightmarish bureaucratic struggle in his effort to settle in the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

eJP – How to be Emotional in 5781: The Legacy of a Hasidic Educational Master

Posted on November 15, 2020

Written by Rabbi Jon Kelsen Ph.D. (Kollel ’04-’07) – A quick look at the papers, glance out the window, or moment of introspection reveal one the emotional turmoil being activated on all levels of social and political life during these extraordinarily trying days. The US just concluded a tumultuous presidential election, revealing a country with Continue Reading »

Jewish Portland Review – Jennie Spector Receives Marla Bennett z”l Scholarship

Posted on November 12, 2020

Written by Deborah Moon – Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem named Portland native Jennie Spector, 27, the 2020-21 Marla Bennett, z”l, Scholar. “It’s an incredible honor to have the opportunity to study in Marla Bennett’s, z”l, memory,” says Jennie, the daughter of Marshal Spector and Sharon Pollin. In 2002, Marla was enrolled jointly Continue Reading »

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Forward – Talmudic meme machine Shoshana Gottlieb is mixing parsha and pop culture on Instagram

Posted on November 3, 2020

Pardes student Shoshana Gottlieb (Summer ’19, PCJE ’20) wants you to know she’s not an artist. Sure, she spends her free time crafting original graphics to post online. Sure, her work captures Jewish culture and tradition with a sharp but loving eye. And sure, she has a devoted following who come to her for inspiration Continue Reading »