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eJP – To help teens navigate antisemitism, we must teach compassionate disagreement

Posted on June 15, 2021

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth (Director Emeritus of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution and an adjunct faculty member) has inspired the leaders at Moving Traditions to incorporate his teachings about mahloket l’shem shamayim (the debate for the sake of heaven) into their programming. This feature article is from eJewishphilanthropy.

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.

TalentEducators – Fostering New Talent in Jewish Education

Posted on June 10, 2021

PCJE alumna Tova Messer (Cohort 19) wrote this article as a guest blogger on the TalentEd site. TalentEd is an organization that Pardes works with very closely to place novice Judaic studies teachers in day schools…According to Breisheet, when God created the world, the land was “unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of Continue Reading »

Introducing the Inaugural Cohort of the Senior Educator Learning Fellowship

Posted on June 2, 2021

We are excited to share with the community our inaugural cohort of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship! This brand-new 13-month fellowship provides enrichment and professional growth for congregational school principals and senior teachers, and we are thrilled to introduce these 22 incredible Jewish educators. To read their full bios please click here.

Times of Israel – Memoirist turns to fiction with tale of Arab, Jewish women’s unlikely friendship

Posted on May 20, 2021

This article features Rabbi Haviva Ner-David (Kollel ’01-’03) and her first novel “Hope Valley.” This article was written by Jessica Steinberg – Writing a book wasn’t a new concept for author Haviva Ner-David, who has two memoirs under her belt, including one about her journey to becoming the first woman to be publicly ordained by Continue Reading »

eJP – Interview with Liz Fisher (PLS ’16)

Posted on May 9, 2021

Liz Fisher is determined to democratize philanthropy – Fisher helped create the global giving circle movement. Written by Helen Chernikoff – A significant recent development in the world of philanthropy — the launch of a giving circle directory by the nonprofit Philanthropy Together — has a little-known Jewish backstory. It comes in the form of Continue Reading »

eJP – Mayyim Hayyim wants to help build more mikvahs

Posted on May 9, 2021

Carrie Bornstein (Year ’05-’06) is the CEO of Mayyim Hayyim and has been working for the organization since 2006. Written by Helen Chernikoff – Sapphira Edgarde had been longing to immerse herself in a mikvah, or Jewish ritual bath, to mourn her stillborn daughter for years, but never quite felt ready. When she decided she Continue Reading »

Jewish Exponent – Rabbi Gabe Greenberg (Summer 06, Year ’06-’07) to lead Penn Hillel

Posted on April 18, 2021

Written by Jesse Bernstein – Rabbi Gabe Greenberg (Summer 06, Year ’06-’07) assumed the role of executive director at Penn Hillel on April 1, and had served as interim executive director since Jan. 1. But in a sense, he’s been preparing for the job for years. “Taking this position felt like just an incredibly exciting Continue Reading »