News and Updates

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 – Serah Bat Asher: The one who remembers

Posted on January 4, 2021

Written by Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash (Pardes Faculty) – It is truly remarkable that two short references in the biblical text could generate such a multifaceted woman in midrashic literature. There is a curious reference toward the end of the Book of Genesis to a woman who appears twice in the Torah for no apparent Continue Reading »

Pardes Launches the Mahloket Matters Fellowship

Posted on December 27, 2020

(JERUSALEM – December 7, 2020) Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today, Pardes North America has launched a new Mahloket Matters Fellowship. Based on the Mahloket Matters curriculum that has been used by communities around the globe, the Fellowship is an 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 »

Times of Israel: Rabbi Alex Israel featured in “The Wilderness” 10-part series

Posted on December 14, 2020

Written by TOI Staff – The series is narrated by a team of internationally known biblical scholars and archaeologists, including Pardes Institute’s Rabbi Alex Israel; Claire Ruth Pfann, Academic Dean and Instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem; Bar-Ilan University Prof. Ed Greenstein; Ben-Gurion University Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal; Continue Reading »

JTA – How a Bechdel test for Jewish texts is shaking up the beit midrash

Posted on December 13, 2020

This article was written by Shira Hanau of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Interviewed and featured are Pardes faculty members Gila Fine and Rav Rahel Berkovits and Pardes alumna Sara Wolkenfeld (Kollel ’03-’04). Finally, while not mentioned in the article, the picture is of Rabbanit Jenna Englender (Year ’12-’13, Staff ’13-’15).

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 »

Rabbi Mike Uram to Lead New Pardes Educational Venture in North America

Posted on December 7, 2020

(JERUSALEM – December 7, 2020) The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that Rabbi Mike Uram has been appointed as the Chief Vision and Education Officer of Pardes North America. In this senior leadership role, Rabbi Uram will lead Pardes’s expanding work in North America, leveraging the power of thousands of Pardes 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 »