News and Updates

Times of Israel: Rabbi Alex Israel featured in “The Wilderness” 10-part series

Posted on December 14, 2020

Written by TOI Staff – The series is narrated by a team of internationally known biblical scholars and archaeologists, including Pardes Institute’s Rabbi Alex Israel; Claire Ruth Pfann, Academic Dean and Instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem; Bar-Ilan University Prof. Ed Greenstein; Ben-Gurion University Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal; Continue Reading »

JTA – How a Bechdel test for Jewish texts is shaking up the beit midrash

Posted on December 13, 2020

This article was written by Shira Hanau of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Interviewed and featured are Pardes faculty members Gila Fine and Rav Rahel Berkovits and Pardes alumna Sara Wolkenfeld (Kollel ’03-’04). Finally, while not mentioned in the article, the picture is of Rabbanit Jenna Englender (Year ’12-’13, Staff ’13-’15).

Jerusalem Post – Pardes Alumnus David Ben Moshe’s nightmarish three-year quest for citizenship continues

Posted on December 8, 2020

Written by Jeremy Sharon — An Orthodox convert with a criminal past in Baltimore’s drug gangs who turned his life around, married in Israel, and applied for citizenship under the Law of Return two and a half years ago, continues to face a nightmarish bureaucratic struggle in his effort to settle in the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Rabbi Mike Uram to Lead New Pardes Educational Venture in North America

Posted on December 7, 2020

(JERUSALEM – December 7, 2020) The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that Rabbi Mike Uram has been appointed as the Chief Vision and Education Officer of Pardes North America. In this senior leadership role, Rabbi Uram will lead Pardes’s expanding work in North America, leveraging the power of thousands of Pardes Continue Reading »

eJP – How to be Emotional in 5781: The Legacy of a Hasidic Educational Master

Posted on November 15, 2020

Written by Rabbi Jon Kelsen Ph.D. (Kollel ’04-’07) – A quick look at the papers, glance out the window, or moment of introspection reveal one the emotional turmoil being activated on all levels of social and political life during these extraordinarily trying days. The US just concluded a tumultuous presidential election, revealing a country with Continue Reading »

Jewish Portland Review – Jennie Spector Receives Marla Bennett z”l Scholarship

Posted on November 12, 2020

Written by Deborah Moon – Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem named Portland native Jennie Spector, 27, the 2020-21 Marla Bennett, z”l, Scholar. “It’s an incredible honor to have the opportunity to study in Marla Bennett’s, z”l, memory,” says Jennie, the daughter of Marshal Spector and Sharon Pollin. In 2002, Marla was enrolled jointly Continue Reading »

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Forward – Talmudic meme machine Shoshana Gottlieb is mixing parsha and pop culture on Instagram

Posted on November 3, 2020

Pardes student Shoshana Gottlieb (Summer ’19, PCJE ’20) wants you to know she’s not an artist. Sure, she spends her free time crafting original graphics to post online. Sure, her work captures Jewish culture and tradition with a sharp but loving eye. And sure, she has a devoted following who come to her for inspiration Continue Reading »

Four Pardes Alumni Awarded 2020 Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation

Posted on October 29, 2020

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies wishes a warm felt mazal tov to Jessie Silverman Gindea (PCJE ’10-’12), Rabbi Rachel Isaacs (Year ’05-’06), Rabbi Jordan David Soffer (Year ’11-’12) and Laynie Soloman (Year ’12) for receiving the 2020 Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation.

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eJP – A Journey of Discovery

Posted on October 28, 2020

Written by Magda Dorosz (Hillel Summer Program ’16) – I have sent 314 young Polish Jews to Israel on Birthright Israel since 2011, because the trip is among the most important Jewish experiences for young adults in Poland that impacts their future engagement. Hillel in Poland is now the leading provider of that trip. Birthright Continue Reading » – Your political opponent is not an idol worshipper

Posted on September 30, 2020

Written by Rabbi Leon Morris (President of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies) and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield (Pardes Faculty) – Our ability to have civil conversations with the other side is deteriorating rapidly. The differences between the left and the right are an ever-widening gulf, and we are all deeply entrenched within communities that shield Continue Reading »