News and Updates

Jerusalem’s ‘Beit Karen’ to honor memory of Pittsburgh philanthropist

Posted on July 12, 2018

Published in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, July 12, 2018 Beit Karen, the new home of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, is being built to honor local activist Karen Shapira. Karen Shapira, who passed away in 2005, always dreamed of having a home in Israel. And prior to her death from breast cancer Continue Reading »

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Hillel International and The Jewish Theological Seminary Launch Joint Masters Program

Posted on June 11, 2018

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE PARDES INSTITUTE OF JEWISH STUDIES, HILLEL INTERNATIONAL AND THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY LAUNCH JOINT MASTERS PROGRAM (JERUSALEM, Israel & WASHINGTON, D.C. & NEW YORK, NY– June 11, 2018) The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (, Hillel International ( and The William Davidson School of The Jewish Theological Seminary ( announced Continue Reading »

Introducing the Newest Graduates of the Pardes Day School Educators Program

Posted on June 7, 2018

Mazal tov to the newest alumni of the Pardes Day School Educators Program, who graduated this week! The new educators will teach Jewish studies in day schools running the gamut of age and denominational spectrum. Elana Rothenberg will be teaching at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Manhattan; Dammara Kovnats Hall at Rodeph Sholom, also in New York City; Avi Mandel at Maayanot Continue Reading »

Pardes and Yeshivat Maharat Partner to Train Female Clergy-Educators

Posted on May 10, 2018

NEW PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM EXPANDS PARDES’S IMPACT AND COMMITMENT TO JEWISH EDUCATION FOR ALL (JERUSALEM, Israel & BRONX, NY– May 8, 2018) The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators ( and Yeshivat Maharat ( announced a formal partnership to train outstanding women who are passionate about Jewish education and Jewish leadership. Set to launch this fall, a Continue Reading »

Pardes Faculty Presenting at Limmud Conferences Around the World

Posted on April 26, 2018

Over the next few months, a number of Pardes faculty members will presenting at various Limmud conferences around the world: May 4, 9:15 am: Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash will be speaking on a panel at Limmud Connect, Ma’aleh HaChamisha, Israel June 2 – 14: Rabba Yaffa Epstein at Limmud Australia June 29 – July 1: Rabbi Continue Reading »

Tikun Leil Shavuot 2018 in Jerusalem

Posted on April 16, 2018

Pardes will once again be running a comprehensive, all-night learning program on Shavuot. Tikun Leil Shavuot will be held at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies on Motzei Shabbat, May 19, 11:30pm – 4 am. The program is in memory of Fred Simon Worms OBE, a longtime benefactor of Pardes and a visionary in Jewish education. Speakers include Judy Klitsner, Dr. Elliott Malamet, Yiscah Smith, Gila Fine, Rabbi Dr. Michael Continue Reading »

Pardes Introduces An Interactive Seder Experience

Posted on March 19, 2018

Pardes is thrilled to share the next in our Holiday Companion Series: An Interactive Seder Experience. והגדת לבנך – The Haggadah charges us with retelling the Pesach story to the next generation each and every year. Building off the dynamic and multisensory seder that the Rabbis already laid out for us, this collection of seder Continue Reading »

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Join Forces to Train Rabbi-Educators

Posted on February 20, 2018

Jerusalem and New York City – February 20, 2018 – The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced the launch of a new and exciting collaboration. Beginning in fall 2018, the two institutions will join forces to begin training outstanding rabbis who are passionate about Jewish education. The Pardes+YCT Joint Program will include two unique courses of Continue Reading »

Pardes and Ramah Darom Partner for a Shavuot Experience

Posted on February 19, 2018

Pardes & Ramah Darom join forces for an immersive, first-of-its-kind Shavuot experience! This exciting five-day Shavuot retreat (May 18 – 22, 2018) will provide an engaging, immersive Jewish learning experience and Shavuot celebration for diverse participants, including families and individuals from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. Held at the lovely Ramah Darom campground in the Chattahoochee National Forest Continue Reading »

Pardes North America Awarded Charity Navigator’s Top Rating

Posted on February 15, 2018

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, North America is pleased to announce that it has attained a 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. “We are proud to announce that your organization has earned a 4-star rating. This is our highest Continue Reading »