Pardes Updates

Pardes Institute for Jewish Learning Announces Key Staff Promotions and Additions

Posted on January 25, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2024 Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies Announces Key Staff Promotions and Additions Simone Katz Joins as Chief Marketing Officer; Additional Promotions and Changes Reflect Investment in Organizational Growth (Jerusalem) – The Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, an open, inclusive, diverse, and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem with Continue Reading »

Congratulations to Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship!

Posted on June 1, 2023

At the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, we are deeply committed to the professional growth of Jewish educators.  We are excited to celebrate the completion of Cohort 2 of our Senior Educator Learning Fellowship (SELF). We look forward to seeing the lasting impact these Jewish educational leaders will have within their own communities and the Continue Reading »

A Letter of Gratitude from Rabbi Leon Morris Pardes President

Posted on May 15, 2023

Dear Friends,   On behalf of the entire Pardes family, I am writing to express our deep gratitude to Josh Chadajo for his dedicated service to Pardes over the past 18 years.  During the span of Josh’s tenure, Pardes’s programmatic reach grew significantly. That growth required the kind of  adaptive leadership that he has provided Continue Reading »

Gratitude and New Horizons from Joshua Chadajo Executive Director, North America

Posted on May 15, 2023

To The Pardes Community, As a freshly minted MBA graduate in 2001, I made the somewhat curious decision to spend the upcoming year as a student learning in the Pardes Year Program. Little did I know that this experience would be life-changing on both a personal and a professional level. Fast forward to today, and Continue Reading »

Gratitude and Good Wishes to Mike Uram

Posted on October 31, 2022

October 31, 2022 Dear Pardes Community Members and Friends, Rabbi Mike Uram, who has led Pardes North America for nearly two years, is leaving Pardes to take a new job as the Chief Jewish Education Officers of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) where he will serve as rabbi and educator-in-residence, increasing Jewish content in Continue Reading »

Rabbi Leon Morris: Speech from 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Posted on September 20, 2022

Edited remarks by Pardes President, Rabbi Leon Morris, delivered at Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event. The event took place on September 19, 2022 at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. One of my favorite rabbinic texts is the description found in the Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael of the way in which Moshe remembers to take Continue Reading »

Recapping Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Posted on September 19, 2022

JERUSALEM – Overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, friends of Pardes gathered today at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem for a beautiful program to kick off a year off 50th-anniversary celebrations. Viewers from around the world tuned in as well via live stream on Pardes’s Facebook page, many of whom left touching comments about Continue Reading »

25 Pardes Alumni Ordained This Spring Across Denominations

Posted on June 9, 2022

Pardes is excited to announce that 25 alumni were ordained as rabbis this spring! Pardes has always proudly welcomed Jews of all Jewish backgrounds, beliefs, and denominational affiliations to our programs. It is often said that the cross-pollination that takes place in our Beit Midrash is the secret sauce that makes the Pardes experience so Continue Reading »

Pardes Center for Jewish Educators Graduation!

Posted on June 2, 2022

Of the five Pardes Day School Educators Program graduates, three received awards at the Hebrew College commencement ceremony for their accomplishments in the MA of Jewish Education program. Three students receiving awards is unprecedented – in the past, only one student per year has been honored. The award winners are: LEO & SADIE FLAX FUND Continue Reading »

A Purim Message from Rabbi Leon Morris, President

Posted on March 16, 2022

Living with uncertainty has been a leitmotif of the past two years as we have navigated our way through the Covid-19 pandemic. For many of us, uncertainty plays a central role in our religious lives. It keeps us humble. It recognizes our limits. It reminds us of what we cannot know. We reflect upon God’s Continue Reading »