News and Updates

Washington Post – Pardes Student Speaks About Recent Clash at the Western Wall

Posted on November 8, 2021

Pardes student Joe Brophy (PCJE ’19-’21, Fellows ’21-’22) is featured in this Washington Post article about his experience being at a Women of the Wall service, that was met with harsh protest from an ultra-Orthodox group in Israel. In a historic first, hundreds of Israeli police actively protected Women of the Wall against thousands of Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumnus Jeff Green (Year ’86-’87, ’87-’88) and His Aliyah Featured in the Jerusalem Post

Posted on November 7, 2021

The Jerusalem Post – Written by Howard Blas — As a teenager, Jeff Green was a committed and observant Conservative Jew with plans of becoming a Conservative rabbi – until a friend showed him a brochure for Pardes. The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem refers to itself as “an open, inclusive, diverse and Continue Reading »

Israel21 Online – A Bank With a Charitable Ethos and No Building

Posted on November 3, 2021

Written by Pardes Alumnus Briam Blum (Year ’85-’86, Community Education ’18-’20) – Shawn Melamed’s home office is filled with high-tech equipment – computers, microphones, cameras for Zoom. But the most visible keyboard is not connected to his laptop. It’s a full-sized one meant for making music. Melamed, who cofounded and serves as CEO of Spiral,  a Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post: Pardes’s Rabbi Alex Israel and Gila Fine Reflect on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s First Yahrzeit

Posted on November 2, 2021

Written by Benjy Singer – Rabbi Sacks: Top educators reflect on his first yahrzeit. As we mark the first anniversary of his death, The Jerusalem Report heard the personal memories of four leading international Jewish educators of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “Benjy, we need to realize that the key to successful Jewish education is nurturing Continue Reading »

Times of Israel – ’Rabin Day’ could become a day of healing

Posted on October 20, 2021

Written by Rabbi Alex Israel – I will never forget the night of Rabin’s assassination. For days afterwards, I could viscerally feel the terror and shame, the fear and the foreboding, in my stomach, in my bones. And here we are again marking 26 years since that dreadful night when a Jew, an Israeli citizen, Continue Reading »

eJewishPhilanthropy – Tired of gender talk? I’m not!

Posted on October 17, 2021

Written by Lisa Bodziner (Mechina ’05-’06, PCJE ’06-’08, Summers ’09, ’10) – I must admit, four years ago today, when I drove up to Towson University’s campus for the third time in my life I thought I was a shoo-in and knew exactly what I would be doing as the executive director of a medium-size Continue Reading »

A Taste of the Rabbinic Israel Seminar

Posted on October 14, 2021

The Pardes Year Program 2021-22 Rabbinic Israel Seminar and Shabbaton has been generously sponsored by Rebecca and Michael Gordon, alum of Pardes Learning Seminars and member of the Pardes Board of Directors, North America. Students wrote about their experience at the Rabbinic Israel Seminar. Read their posts now! Parasha Connections by Hannah Greenberg Galil North Reflection Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – The Art of Making Aliyah During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on October 10, 2021

Immigrating to Israel isn’t easy at the best of times — The coronavirus pandemic didn’t make things any easier for Rebecca Kerzner (Summer ’19, Year ’21). Rebecca Kerzner’s aliyah plans were slow and took their sweet time getting built up – and then COVID happened. But that didn’t stop her. With a heart full of Continue Reading »

Pardes Students Host Weekly Torah Podcast From the Beit Midrash

Posted on October 7, 2021

Pop Culture Parasha Podcast Launch – Inspired by a love of pop culture and parasha study, PCJE students Valerie Brown and Shoshana Gottlieb have launched a weekly podcast, Pop Culture Parasha. Each week they’ll choose a piece of iconic pop culture to connect to the weekly Torah reading, exploring how classical biblical themes and tropes continue Continue Reading »

Dr. David I. Bernstein Featured on Israel From the Inside with Rabbi Daniel Gordis

Posted on October 6, 2021

Last month, Israel and Poland came close to the precipice in their diplomatic relations when Israel’s Yair Lapid reacted strongly to a new Polish law. The law sets a 30-year limit on legal challenges to property confiscations that had taken place decades ago. While the law affects Polish, Jewish and other contested property claims, many Continue Reading »