Pardes Updates

New Master Plan for Talpiot Industrial Zone Approved

Posted on March 10, 2021

What does this mean for Pardes? Pardes and its new home, Beit Karen, is a perfect fit for the municipality’s new vision for Talpiot, which combines residential, commercial, and green spaces with cultural and educational institutions. The city planners are therefore very excited by and supportive of the Pardes’s plans! Learn more about the Capital Campaign and Pardes’s new home by Continue Reading »

eJP – The Pardes Mahloket Matters Fellowship

Posted on March 7, 2021

Written by Rabbi Mike Uram (Chief Vision and Education Officer of Pardes North America, Year ’99-’00) – Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today, I, along with my colleagues at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, am thrilled to announce the 31 inaugural Continue Reading »

Rabbis Michael Swirsky and Leon Morris Receive Cohon Award

Posted on January 28, 2021

On January 24th, The Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon Memorial Foundation honored Rabbi Michael Swirsky, the founder of Pardes, and Rabbi Leon Morris, Pardes’s current president, with the 2020 Cohon Award for their work on behalf of klal Yisrael, and the peoplehood of Israel. Eric Levitz, the founder and Executive Director of the 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 »

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 »

Rabbi Mike Uram to Lead New Pardes Educational Venture in North America

Posted on December 7, 2020

(JERUSALEM – December 7, 2020) The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that Rabbi Mike Uram has been appointed as the Chief Vision and Education Officer of Pardes North America. In this senior leadership role, Rabbi Uram will lead Pardes’s expanding work in North America, leveraging the power of thousands of Pardes Continue Reading »

A Rosh Hashana Message from Rabbi Leon Morris, President

Posted on September 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Pardes, Today marks the end of the third week of classes here in Jerusalem, and the sense of miraculousness I felt as we first welcomed our students to Pardes on August 31st is still palpable. As the sounds of learning fill the beit midrash, dining room and the park next door, I Continue Reading »

Pardes Launches New Learning App

Posted on August 27, 2020

JERUSALEM – In 2005, Pardes launched Pardes in Jerusalem, which has been among the most highly rated Jewish podcast series on iTunes. It has been published weekly ever since. In 2013 Pardes launched Elmad, a highly comprehensive online learning platform that has grown tremendously over the last seven years. Today, Pardes is excited to unveil Continue Reading »

After 16 Years of Service, a Difficult Farewell to Chef David Berman and Gail Kirschner

Posted on August 27, 2020

As we enter a new year fraught with unknowns, Pardes is sad to announce that our in-house food services, which have been led for 16 years by our chef extraordinaire, David Berman, will be discontinued. David Berman has always been far more than a chef. He has cultivated deep relationships with staff and students and Continue Reading »

Rabbi Daniel Silverstein Releases Rap Interpretation of Psalm 91

Posted on July 30, 2020

JERUSALEM – Pardes faculty member Rabbi Daniel Silverstein, the creator of “Sanctuary,” a newly-released multi-media rap interpretation of Psalm 91, has been writing stories and poetry since his teenage years. “At college, I completely lost faith in G!d and Torah, and stopped all Jewish practice. At the same time, I started writing with a new intensity, Continue Reading »