News and Updates

Teshuva and Time Travel: New 3-Part Podcast Mini Series for the Haggim with Rabbi Dr. Sam Lebens

Posted on September 11, 2017

When we repent, there is a sense in which we’re seeking to undo damage done. It’s almost as if we’re trying to undo the past. How seriously should we take this metaphor? Is the past something that can be undone? In this 3-part mini series for the Haggim, Rabbi Dr. Sam Lebens – a philosopher Continue Reading »

Pardes Smashes 24-Hour Fundraising Target

Posted on September 6, 2017

In an epic fundraising push, Pardes raised more than $300,000 in just 24-hours in an “all or nothing” campaign. This incredible result was achieved with the help of three generous donors who agreed to match all donations up to the $200,000 mark. With the matching contributions of Cindy and David Shapira, Moshe and Libby Werthan Continue Reading »

Aug 30-31: Help Pardes Raise $200,000 in 24 Hours

Posted on August 28, 2017

Starting at NOON August 30 (EDT) Pardes has 24 hours to raising $200,000. Three donors have committed to collectively give $150,000, provided we raise an additional $50,000 by noon on August 31st. It’s all or nothing! Check out for more information and mark your calendars!

Over 400 People Attend Tisha B’Av Program 2017

Posted on August 3, 2017

Over 400 people attended a crowded Tisha B’Av program at Pardes this week on the theme of “Beyond Lamentations: Discord & Harmony.” Each of the 10 classes offered were filled to capacity. For the first time, learners who were not able to attend in person could watch a live “This Pardes Life” discussion between Nechama Continue Reading »

Summer Executive Seminar: A Fabulous 5 Days

Posted on July 11, 2017

More than 40 professionals and life-long learners from North America, the UK and Israel gathered at Pardes recently for a week of learning, marking the 20th anniversary of the Executive Learning Seminar (ELS). The topic for the summer session was “Returning to Zion: New Faces, Old Issues,” which focused on the period when Persia became the Continue Reading »

Aviva Golbert Named as Acting Director of PCJE

Posted on July 11, 2017

Aviva Golbert, the current assistant director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE), will take up an initial one-year appointment as acting director of PCJE when Judy Markose leaves in August. Aviva has been an invaluable part of the PCJE team over the last eight years. She is a Jewish educator with 20 years Continue Reading »

Bitersweet Goodbye to Dr. Judy Markose

Posted on June 22, 2017

As we close up the year at Pardes, we say a bittersweet good-bye to Dr. Judy Markose who is ending a decade of leadership of PEP and PCJE. Judy is heading off to a new career direction in coaching and trauma therapy and while we will miss Judy, we are excited for her and wish Continue Reading »

The Pardes Companion to Shavuot is Available now!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Pardes is thrilled to share the next in our Companion Series: The Pardes Shavuot Companion. Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people and the day’s Torah reading describes the Divine revelation of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Our study guide includes nine short articles and three longer guided havruta pieces by our faculty. Like Pardes itself, these Continue Reading »

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Bringing a Piece of Jerusalem to North America: The Pardes Community Beit Midrash Initiative

Posted on April 28, 2017

The Pardes Community Batei Midrash initiative creates empowering, hands-on and deep Jewish learning in local communities across North America. The aim is to create sustainable and transformative adult Jewish learning in the these cities. Pardes is uniquely positioned to achieve this by utilizing our 5,000+ alumni on the ground, empowering people to learn independently through Continue Reading »

Outstanding Line-Up for Conference on Law, Economics & Religion

Posted on March 28, 2017

On March 22, Pardes and Georgetown Law hosted a brilliant cast of rabbis, PhDs, attorneys, and judges for “The Moral Economy: A Conference on Law, Economics & Religion.” The day began with the Honorable Eugene Wedoff, a recently retired and highly respected US Bankruptcy Judge from Chicago who wove together a beautiful introduction to the Continue Reading »