Pardes in the News – Experientializing the Text: An Invitation to Join

Posted on March 3, 2022

Written by Aviva Lauer (Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators) – Those of us reading this journal are a pretty self-selected group. We love studying Jewish text. We find meaning and value and personal relevance in the word of God, in the divinely inspired writings of our ancient leaders, and in the holy Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – This is How Jews Can Be a Light Unto the Nations

Posted on February 17, 2022

Written by Sherwin Pomerantz – The immediate past Chair of the Israel board, Sherwin discusses the recent public remarks made about race in America and what alternatives we have to improve the situation. What does that mean to us in today’s society? How can we Jews fulfill the mandate to be a light unto the nations Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumna Miriam Lorie Makes History with Rabbinical Appointment at UK Orthodox Community

Posted on February 6, 2022

Written by Simon Rocker of the Jewish Chronicle – Miriam Lorie (PCJE ’16-’17) makes history with rabbinical appointment at UK Orthodox community. She hopes her role as ‘rabbi in training’ at Borehamwood partnership minyan will have ‘positive ripples on the Jewish world’. An Orthodox community in Hertfordshire is making history as the first in the Continue Reading »

eJP – Retrospective of a Retired Pardes Board Chair

Posted on February 3, 2022

Written by Sherwin Pomerantz – As the immediate past Chair of the Israel board, Sherwin shares why serving Pardes was so meaningful and how Pardes is making a difference. What has impressed me about Pardes and seemingly, the motivating factor for everyone involved, is the incredible impact our graduates have had and continue to have, Continue Reading »

Mazel tov to Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler on winning the National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience!

Posted on January 26, 2022

Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler (Pardes Alumna Summers ’03 and ’04) is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is also the Dean of Students and the Director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, where she teaches Hasidism and Pastoral Torah, and a faculty member at the Institute for Jewish Continue Reading »

San Diego Jewish World – 3 Subjects Worthy of Deep Study: Torah, JCC’s, Mideast History

Posted on December 1, 2021

Written by Doron Krakow (father of current year student Aaron Krakow (’21) – My son, Aaron, is a student at Machon Pardes (The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies), where he is spending a semester studying Jewish texts—a spiritual journey taking the place of the kind of post-army trek to southeast Asia typical of many young Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Justice in the Biblical Story of Dinah

Posted on November 21, 2021

Written by Pardes faculty member Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash – “Out went Dinah the daughter of Leah whom she bore to Jacob, to see the girls of the land. Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, Prince of the Land, saw her. He took her and lay with her and degraded her.” (Genesis 32: 1-3) Continue Reading » – Careful Consumption of Social Media

Posted on November 9, 2021

Pardes student Hannah Greenberg (PCJE ’20-’22) was featured in The Lookstein Center online newsletter, discussing social media, Israel and education. In an age of social media and social justice activism, when it comes to teaching our students about Israel, it can be challenging to find open and healthy discourse. When Ben & Jerry’s pulled selling Continue Reading »

Washington Post – Pardes Student Speaks About Recent Clash at the Western Wall

Posted on November 8, 2021

Pardes student Joe Brophy (PCJE ’19-’21, Fellows ’21-’22) is featured in this Washington Post article about his experience being at a Women of the Wall service, that was met with harsh protest from an ultra-Orthodox group in Israel. In a historic first, hundreds of Israeli police actively protected Women of the Wall against thousands of Continue Reading »

Pardes Alumnus Jeff Green (Year ’86-’87, ’87-’88) and His Aliyah Featured in the Jerusalem Post

Posted on November 7, 2021

The Jerusalem Post – Written by Howard Blas — As a teenager, Jeff Green was a committed and observant Conservative Jew with plans of becoming a Conservative rabbi – until a friend showed him a brochure for Pardes. The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem refers to itself as “an open, inclusive, diverse and Continue Reading »