News and Updates

Welcoming Three New Members to the Israel Board

Posted on March 2, 2017

It is an honor to welcome the below alums to our Board of Directors, Israel. We thank them for their ongoing leadership and support. Michael Brous is a Semester ’99-’00 alumnus. Today he is the Senior Business Development Lead for Growth and Strategic Partnerships at Airbnb and lives with his wife Michal and 3 children Continue Reading »

Pardes Featured in new WIRED Documentary

Posted on March 2, 2017

Want to be part of the innovation revolution? According to WIRED, it all starts in the beit midrash. Pardes is featured in a new documentary entitled Holy Land: The Innovation Hubs of Tel Aviv and Ramallah.  “We come from a textual tradition that says, ‘Read it differently! Read it a new way! What else can Continue Reading »

Honoring Rabbi David Levin-Kruss

Posted on March 1, 2017

On April 27, 2017 / Rosh  Hodesh Iyar, Pardes will be honoring Rabbi David Levin-Kruss who taught at Pardes for many years before accepting a position at the JDC. This is an opportunity for Pardes and the alumni to thank DLK, and to let him know what a difference he has made. If you would like to contribute to the book we Continue Reading »

The Pardes New York Office Has Moved

Posted on March 1, 2017

The Pardes New York office has moved! We are now located at WeWork, 5th Avenue, which is close to just about everything—the B, D, F, M, N, R, and Q subways lines are a couple of blocks away at Herald Square, the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S lines are a bit farther away at Continue Reading »

Pardes Appoints Alumnus Rabbi Leon Morris as New President

Posted on February 21, 2017

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the leading non-denominational Jewish learning community, has appointed Rabbi Leon Morris as its new President effective June 1, 2017. Rabbi Morris is the first Pardes alumnus to hold this position, having studied on the Pardes Year Program in 1995-96. Based in Israel, Rabbi Morris will provide the vision and Continue Reading »

The 2017 Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict Teaches How to Talk Through Differences

Posted on February 13, 2017

After a year of global political upheaval, the fifth annual 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict (February 19-25, 2017) is being used this year by synagogues, schools, Hillels and Moishe Houses to address ever-growing contentious political divides and to attempt to build bridges within and between communities. Through this year’s theme of Constructive Communication (tochacha), Continue Reading »

Off to a Great Start in Pittsburgh with Rabbi Will Friedman

Posted on January 16, 2017

Pardes has teamed up with Kulam: The Pittsburgh Community Beit Midrash to offer a new 6-part series taught by Rabbi Will Friedman on Jewish Wisdom & Eternal Human Dilemmas. The series kick-off was a huge success with over 70 people in attendance, from all different backgrounds and ages. Truly cross-denomination, cross-communal, and cross-generational. The event was organized Continue Reading »

Text Comes Alive at Pardes

Posted on January 10, 2017

Text comes alive at Pardes! Narrated by faculty member Leah Rosenthal, this new video brings to life a passage of Talmud through a dynamic havruta (paired study) between two Pardes students. It showcases Pardes’s unique approach to living text study and our deep-rooted connection to the city of Jerusalem. The featured story (moed katan 16b) discusses Continue Reading »

Running for Pardes

Posted on January 4, 2017

Pardes and the AACI partner for the second year running as a team for the Jerusalem marathon. Participants will be running for Pardes and the AACI’s Shira Pransky Project. 50% of sponsorship money will go to Pardes. All administration of participants will be taken care of by the AACI. This is a fundraiser for both Continue Reading »

Pardes and The Union of Reform Judaism Launch a New Program

Posted on January 2, 2017

In addition to assisting synagogues and communities implement 9Adar programming, the Pardes Rodef Shalom Communities Program is pleased to have launched a Community of Practice with the Union for Reform Judaism. In mid-November, URJ hosted Rabbis Dr. Daniel Roth and Amy Eilberg and lay leaders and clergy from select Reform congregations for the “Creating A Continue Reading »