News and Updates

Pardes Alum Rabbi Marc Baker Appointed as President of CJP

Posted on January 24, 2018

Pardes is thrilled to hear the news of Rabbi Marc Baker’s appointment as the next President of CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies). Marc is a treasured Pardes alum of the Year (’97-’98), Fellows (’99-’00) and Educators (’00-’02) Programs and we wish him much success in his new role. Click here to read the press release from CJP.

Uncovered: A New Three-Part Podcast Mini-Series with Nechama Goldman Barash

Posted on January 10, 2018

In Pardes’s latest mini-podcast series, Uncovered: Sources of Nakedness in Halakha, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash looks at three major topics that often restrict women’s presence in traditional Jewish communities: Dress, Hair and Voice. In looking at the debate that often centers around female religious identity, she suggests the answer lies not in the boundaries of Continue Reading »

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Receives Two-Year Grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation

Posted on January 9, 2018

Jerusalem – The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is proud to announce the awarding of a two-year grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation. The grant will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefilah (prayer) through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative. “Tefilah has been one of Continue Reading »

Development Conference for Jewish Educators

Posted on November 29, 2017

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators conducted a successful professional development conference for Jewish educators—including day school teachers, administrators and supplementary school educators—who gathered  at the Pearlstone Retreat Center to explore the topic of Cultivating the Whole Child Through a Jewish Lens. The participants, working at 17 different schools from across the US, spent three Continue Reading »

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 »