News and Updates

Jerusalem Post – Judaism advises us to follow the doctors

Posted on January 11, 2021

Written by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper (Pardes Faculty) – When the second cholera pandemic reached Prussia in 1831, Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher (1796-1874) was serving there in his first rabbinic post in Pleschen (today Pleszew, Poland), a position he had held since 1822 thanks to the initiative of his teacher, the great Talmudist and chief rabbi Continue Reading »

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A Letter of Thanks from Rav Meir Schweiger

Posted on January 7, 2021

Dear Pardes Community, I would like to formally thank everyone – Pardes staff members, alumni, contributors worldwide – who were involved in the recent campaign to raise $1.5 million for the library, in the new building, to be named in honor of my beloved wife, Malkah, z”l, and myself. From the outset, this project was Continue Reading »

eJP – Scaling Small for Deep Impact

Posted on January 7, 2021

Written by Rabbi Benjamin Berger (Summer ’01, ’03) – While Gen Z, those born after 1995, are often known for being “digital natives,” like all humans before them they overwhelmingly crave in-person connection. Their adolescent digital lives are often disrupted  in college by  life-changing interactions, which we all recall from our own college experiences. Face-to-face Continue Reading »

eJP – The Development of the Organized Jewish Philanthropic Community in the United States

Posted on January 7, 2021

Written by Yisrael (Stephen) Donshik (PLS ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19, hourly for many years) – Many people have wanted to know more about the development of the organized Jewish community in the United States and how the Jewish federation became a one-stop address for raising funds, providing local services, and meeting overseas needs. Yet, it Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumna Robin Mencher (Year ’96-’97) is New Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay.

Posted on January 6, 2021

This announcement was published on and written by Alix Wall. Pardes Alumna Robin Mencher (Year ’96-’97) has been named the new executive director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, replacing outgoing director Avi Rose. Given that Robin Mencher describes herself as “fairly low-risk and conservative in making decisions,” one might assume that Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Serah Bat Asher: The one who remembers

Posted on January 4, 2021

Written by Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash (Pardes Faculty) – It is truly remarkable that two short references in the biblical text could generate such a multifaceted woman in midrashic literature. There is a curious reference toward the end of the Book of Genesis to a woman who appears twice in the Torah for no apparent Continue Reading »

Pardes Launches the Mahloket Matters Fellowship

Posted on December 27, 2020

(JERUSALEM – December 7, 2020) Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today, Pardes North America has launched a new Mahloket Matters Fellowship. Based on the Mahloket Matters curriculum that has been used by communities around the globe, the Fellowship is an Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post Update – Pardes Alumnus David Ben Moshe’s Jewish status finally recognized!

Posted on December 17, 2020

Following a three-year struggle to be recognized as a Jew in the State of Israel, Pardes alum David Ben Moshe (Summer ’17, Year ’17-’18) has finally been granted recognition by the Ministry of Interior in Israel. He will now receive temporary residency status in the country and continue to fight for his right to gain Continue Reading »

eJP – Putting Jewish Values Back into GivingTuesday

Posted on December 14, 2020

Written by Pardes Alumna Karen Radkowsky (Seminar ’08, ’11, ’13) – Last week saw the most profitable GivingTuesday to date, with over $2.47 billion raised in a single day in the United States alone – a 25% increase over 2019, according to the GivingTuesday Data Commons. This is particularly notable given that the Bureau of Continue Reading »

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 »