Pardes in the News

eJP – Havruta Learning: Torah at Its Best

Posted on January 13, 2021

Written by Sherwin Pomerantz (Israel Board Chair of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies) – Ben Lusher’s recent article on investing in Jewish learning at Moishe House brought back some good memories for me. During my 20 years in Chicago before Aliyah 37 years ago, I had the privilege of serving as Chair of the 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 »

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).

Times of Israel – How Rabbis of Yore Fought Plague with Temple Rite, Social Distancing

Posted on September 10, 2020

In this week’s Times of Israel podcast, we speak with Dr. Rabbi Levi Cooper about rabbinic responses to previous pandemics. From kabbalistic “front-line workers” to surprisingly sophisticated social distancing measures, ancient Jewish communities documented the steps they took to cope with pandemics over the centuries — and incredibly, many of the questions they had aren’t Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Jews are flocking to online classes during the pandemic

Posted on July 23, 2020

By Penina Beede (Summer ’14) – “Israeli poetry scholar Rachel Korazim had been thinking about cutting back on travel when the coronavirus pandemic made the decision for her. “I said I really want to shift my teaching to distance learning because, you know, I’m not getting any younger. Travel is tiring,” she said she had Continue Reading »