News and Updates

Jerusalem Post – Different flavors of the Jewish legacy in American Jewry

Posted on August 29, 2021

Written by Fern Reiss (Israel board member, Year ’06-’07, Summer ’07, Fellows ’07-’08) – The legacy rewritten, like in My Unorthodox Life; the legacy despaired, like the Pew Report Jews; and the legacy described in David Kuney’s (Pardes North America board member, PLS ’13, ’20, ’21) new memoir. “Jewish legacy” seems to be the flavor Continue Reading »

Pardes Seeks Half-Time Registrar

Posted on August 23, 2021

Part-Time Registrar About Pardes: The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is an open, inclusive, diverse, and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel. Pardes inspires engagement in Jewish life — as communal and spiritual leaders, educators and active Continue Reading » – How the Bible Gives Us the Compass We Need for Americas Turmoil Now

Posted on August 8, 2021

Written by Noah Lawrence (Year ’15-’16, Summer ’16) – Unprecedented is one of our most frequent words for these challenging times in America. We have witnessed astonishing political turmoil and even violence reaching a climax during the transfer of power in Washington and still ongoing in our conflict over understanding what happened this past January. Continue Reading »

eJP – Smashing the idol of inertia: Sunsetting the second day of holidays

Posted on August 8, 2021

Written by Rabbi Dr. Shai Cherry (Year ’91-’93) – Returning to the States after two years at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, where I first became traditionally observant, was disorienting enough. Never did I seriously entertain keeping the second day of holidays as do most traditional Jews outside of Israel. But that was way back Continue Reading »

Capital Campaign Update: More Images of Beit Karen to Explore!

Posted on August 3, 2021

Matti Rosenshine Architects has released a new set of renderings of Beit Karen, with wonderful examples of the architecture, both inside and outside. This is all part of our Campaign for the Generations, a $36 million capital and endowment campaign to build a spacious and modern home in Jerusalem and to bring new programs to Continue Reading »

Capital Campaign Update: Building Up Starts with Digging Down

Posted on July 31, 2021

The Excavation Permit to dig the foundation of Beit Karen is in the final stages of processing with the municipality of Jerusalem! Pardes is now authorized to formally prepare the site. This includes a variety of tasks, such as: Placement of acoustic/decorative fencing around the lot Clearing of all surface debris Removal of pavement and/or Continue Reading »

eJewishPhilanthropy – Nigel Savage (Year ’94-’95) looks back on two decades at Hazon

Posted on July 26, 2021

Written by Helen Chernikoff – In 2000, Nigel Savage founded Hazon, an early Jewish environmental organization, around the idea of raising awareness by combining issues like sustainability and justice with bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors. Now, the group is merging with the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Baltimore County, Md., and Savage will step Continue Reading »

Texas Hillel Foundation Hires Rabbi Will Hall

Posted on July 26, 2021

Ahead of the 2021-’22 school year, Texas Hillel Foundation is welcoming Rabbi Will Hall (Year ’14-’15) to the position of rabbi/senior Jewish educator and Aviva Mangista to the position of Jewish Agency Israel fellow as part of its Jewish Student Life team. These staff positions are central to Texas Hillel’s mission of enriching the lives Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumni Featured in Jewish Week 36 Under 26 2021 List

Posted on July 14, 2021

Mazal tov to Pardes alumni Merav Fine Braun (Spirituality Retreat ’13-’14, Summer ’14) and Dammara Hall (PCJE ’16-’18, Summer ’16) who were both featured in The New York Jewish Week 36 Under 36 2021 list. Each year The Jewish Week celebrates 36 noteworthy New Yorkers, all 36 years old or younger, who make New York Continue Reading »

Pardes 2020-21 students donate beautiful bookshelf to Jerusalem location

Posted on July 13, 2021

Pardes 2020-21 students donated a beautiful bookshelf, adorned with beloved books from the class of 5781, inscribed with notes to future students. A framed quote atop the bookshelf shares “Just as my ancestors planted for me, I too, I am planting for my descendants (Ta’anit 23a). There is an invitation to borrow, donate, and leave Continue Reading »