News and Updates

Congratulations to Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship!

Posted on June 1, 2023

At the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, we are deeply committed to the professional growth of Jewish educators.  We are excited to celebrate the completion of Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship (SELF). We look forward to seeing the lasting impact these Jewish educational leaders will have within their own communities and the Continue Reading »

Celebrating Our Recently Ordained Alumni!

Posted on May 31, 2023

At Pardes, we are dedicated to nurturing the growth of the next generation of Jewish leaders. Today, we celebrate our outstanding alumni who have recently received rabbinic ordination. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and the impact they will make as leaders and teachers in their communities.  Mazal tov to all of our Continue Reading »

Shavuot: A Chance to Become a Centrist

Posted on May 24, 2023

By Sherwin Pomerantz In Israel, as in the rest of the world, we see people chained to the circumference of the circle, unwilling to let go of hardened positions and allow the centripetal forces to bring them close.

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Shavuot calls us to resist polarization

Posted on May 17, 2023

Our diversity is our great strength. Rather than pull to extremes, the Jewish people must amplify their centripetal force.

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 »