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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 »

Tablet Magazine – Father and Daughter. And Daughter. Lessons in parenting from the Talmud and Paul Simon

Posted on April 14, 2021

Written by M. Evan Wolkenstein (Year ’98-’99, Fellow ’99-’00, PCJE ’00-’02, Summers, ’04, ’05) – The song “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon used to make me cry. More specifically, playing “Father and Daughter” on my guitar, while my newborn daughter—my firstborn—dozed in her swing, that made me cry. Admittedly, it’s a fair-to-middling song, not Continue Reading »

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Meesh Hammer-Kossoy Appointed Director of the Year Program

Posted on April 13, 2021

(JERUSALEM – April 13, 2021) Pardes is delighted to announce that Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy has been appointed Director of the Year Program at Pardes. Meesh is uniquely positioned for this role and will oversee all aspects of the Year Program including admissions, program structure, curriculum, work with faculty and department heads, student welfare, and student activities. Meesh Continue Reading »

Julia Ullman accepted into Weitzman-JDC Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership

Posted on April 13, 2021

Julia Ullman (Summer ’17, PCJE ’18-’19) of Pepper Pike was recently accepted into the Weitzman-JDC Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership, a graduate program initiative between the Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Ullman, 24, is a member of Temple Emanu El in Orange. The two-year program offers students from North America Continue Reading »

Rabbi Marc Baker on leading Boston’s federation ‘like an educator’

Posted on April 6, 2021

Rabbi Marc Baker (Year ’97-’98, Fellows ’98-’00, PCJE ’00-’02) recently taught at Pardes about Soulful Parenting with Dasee Berkowitz. Rabbi Marc Baker has helmed Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Boston area’s federation, for three years. His predecessor, Barry Shrage, led CJP for three decades — during which time Baker explained Shrage created the conditions in Continue Reading »

ReformJudaism.org – Ending Our Year of Yearning for Israel: Our First Trip Back After Being Vaccinated

Posted on March 21, 2021

This article was written by Karen (Pardes North American Board) and Marc Rivo. When we boarded the last scheduled El Al non-stop flight from Tel Aviv to Miami a year ago, we could not have imagined that Israel would be closed to millions of visitors for an indefinite period of time. With laser-like speed, COVID Continue Reading »

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle – JCC Community members named Mahloket Matters fellows

Posted on March 16, 2021

Rabbi Ron Symons, senior director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Schreiber, a past president of Tree of Life Congregation, have joined the inaugural cohorts of the Mahloket Matters Fellowship, an in-depth study of what the program terms “the value of constructive disagreement,” according to a JCC press Continue Reading »