News and Updates

Jerusalem Post – Do we need to fast during a pandemic?

Posted on July 19, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper (Faculty) – “Rabbi Nehemia Halevi Ginsburg (1788-1852) was the son of a disciple of the founder of Chabad Hassidism, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (ca. 1745-1812). He married the daughter of Zalman Welkes of Dubrovno (today in Belarus), also a Chabad hassid. After Nehemia’s wife met an untimely death, the Continue Reading »

July 2020: Campaign for the Generations Update

Posted on July 15, 2020

Posted on July 15, 2020 JERUSALEM — Despite being three months into a global pandemic, this spring Pardes enthusiastically continued to take steps towards realizing the dream of a new state-of-the-art facility to house the growing number of programs, students, events and research projects taking place at Pardes throughout the year. Here are the latest Continue Reading »

The Times of Israel — The changing face of our relationship with synagogue

Posted on July 12, 2020

By Debra Weiner-Solomont (Staff) — “The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we conduct ourselves in so many ways especially now as the country may enter another lockdown. We must think and plan before going anywhere. Spontaneity has gone to the wayside, for now at least. My most vivid memory, while growing up in Brookline, Continue Reading »

The Times of Israel — Thou shalt mind each other’s business: 8 steps to counter the increased silence that comes with social distancing, and reduce the staggering opportunity for undetected, and thus undeterred, domestic abuse

Posted on July 6, 2020

By Judy Klitsner (Faculty) — “I never used to hit my kids. Since the lockdown began, I have already hit them several times this week.” Numerous testimonies such as this one have been received, in the wake of COVID-19, by Sacred Spaces, a US-based anti-abuse organization on whose board I sit, according to its CEO, Shira 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 »

Pardes News — 11 Pardes Alumni Selected for the Jewish Wisdom Fellowship at Hadar

Posted on July 2, 2020

Mazel tov to the 11 Pardes alumni who were accepted to Hadar’s Jewish Wisdom Fellowship! Akiko Yonekawa (Summer ’11, Educators ’15-’16) Alana Rahmani (Educators ’18-’19) Evelyn Tauben (Summer ’11, Spirituality Retreat ’12) Matthew Kolbert (Summer ’18) Naomi Adland (Year ’09-’10, Staff ’10-’12) Rachel Dingman (Summer ’14, Educators ’15-’16, Fellows ’16-’17) Tamar Zaken (Summer ’05) Tony Julian Westbrook Continue Reading »

eJewishphilanthropy – Experiential Education is a Pedagogy, Not a Place

Posted on June 28, 2020

By Amalia Mark (Educators ’16-’17, Year ’18-’19) and Leeza Negelev – Usually, Mayyim Hayyim’s Paula Brody & Family Education Center echoes with voices asking questions and expressing curiosity as participants ages 9-90 engage first-hand with our mikveh. A mikveh is the ultimate experiential educational opportunity. At Mayyim Hayyim we go on scavenger hunts, play charades, and act out Continue Reading »

Pardes News — Pardes Alumna Amanda Pogany Receives Esteemed Covenant Award

Posted on June 25, 2020

New York – June 24, 2020 – The Covenant Foundation has announced the names of three Jewish educators who are the 2020 recipients of the Covenant Award. Maxine Segal Handelman, Director of Family Life & Learning, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois; Russel Neiss, Senior Product Engineer, Sefaria, St. Louis, Missouri; and Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Continue Reading »

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The Forward — Why is it so easy to fear those different from ourselves?

Posted on June 15, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy (Faculty) — Human life is so sacred that Jewish tradition is famously reticent about criminal punishment in general and capital punishment in particular. Thus, Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva said, “If we would have been on the Sanhedrin, no one would ever have been executed” (Mishnah Makkot 1:17). To be Continue Reading »

Pardes News — Rabbi Michael Hattin Publishes New Book: Judges – The Perils of Possession

Posted on June 12, 2020

In Judges: The Perils of Possession, Rabbi Michael Hattin offers a highly readable introduction to the biblical book of Judges that combines imaginative sweep with analytic depth. Utilizing literary techniques, ancient and modern commentaries, as well as current academic research, Hattin draws us into the book’s epic accounts of mighty leaders and their exploits, stories Continue Reading »