News and Updates

A Letter of Gratitude from Rabbi Leon Morris Pardes President

Posted on May 15, 2023

Dear Friends,   On behalf of the entire Pardes family, I am writing to express our deep gratitude to Josh Chadajo for his dedicated service to Pardes over the past 18 years.  During the span of Josh’s tenure, Pardes’s programmatic reach grew significantly. That growth required the kind of  adaptive leadership that he has provided Continue Reading »

Gratitude and New Horizons from Joshua Chadajo Executive Director, North America

Posted on May 15, 2023

To The Pardes Community, As a freshly minted MBA graduate in 2001, I made the somewhat curious decision to spend the upcoming year as a student learning in the Pardes Year Program. Little did I know that this experience would be life-changing on both a personal and a professional level. Fast forward to today, and Continue Reading »

LGBTQ+ communities and allies embrace Second Passover

Posted on May 10, 2023

The key is to truly see the other for who they are and to acknowledge that experience as an encounter with the Divine.

In Defense of Surrender in Liberal Jewish Life

Posted on May 4, 2023

From shrinking attendance at worship services and the merging and closing of congregations to a crisis of generating new clerical leadership, the decline of liberal religion is evident throughout Western Christianity and Judaism. 

Pardes remains committed to learning despite Israeli political strife

Posted on April 3, 2023

By Leon Morris | President of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Adapting, pivoting, evolving, changing: The time has come

Posted on March 29, 2023

By Aviva Lauer | Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators In order to meet the evolving needs of those entering the workforce as Jewish studies teachers, we at Pardes evolved as well. Participants in our rebranded program — the Pardes Teacher Fellowship — will gain the same high-level beit midrash Torah skills and acumen, teacher Continue Reading »

Announcing the Young Judea Year Course & Pardes Study Program

Posted on February 16, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new program in partnership with Young Judaea. This unique track offers participants of the Young Judea Year Course program the opportunity to delve into the study of Jewish texts and literature in a high-level, immersive learning experience. The Young Judaea Year Course & Pardes Study Program Continue Reading »

Parashat Shemot: A conspiracy of women

Posted on January 20, 2023

By Nechama Goldman Barash In this first instance of Pharaoh’s underestimation of women, he fails to recognize that women who bring life into the world are unworthy allies in facilitating violent death.

Making Base Home: 11 Lessons on Innovation

Posted on January 10, 2023

By Faith Leener –  In 2014, my three best friends and I co-founded Base – a new type of Jewish community for ourselves and our millennial peers.

Gila Fine: Teaching Talmud with a Twist

Posted on January 5, 2023

Gila Fine’s interpretations of the Talmud are kind, inspiring, and relatable for modern women. Let’s hope the men are on board.