Pardes North America seeks to fill a critical gap in North American Jewish life. In North America, there are a number of opportunities for deep Jewish learning experiences calibrated to meet the needs of advanced learners. In addition, low barrier social and cultural programming is available for creating relationship-based engagement. However, this leaves a gap in which those who seek deeper understanding of Judaism and the Jewish people are unable to find their place. Pardes North America is poised to be the first organization that will blend text-based, rich-content Jewish learning with relationship-based engagement to reach those segments of the North American population seeking a deeper connection.
Pardes North America sees the hybrid mix of deep Jewish learning and relationship-based engagement as the keys to building a brighter Jewish future in North American based on five core beliefs:
In Hebrew, Pardes means “orchard”, but it is also an acronym for the 4 different levels of understanding sacred text: Pshat (plain meaning), Remez (hint), Drash (interpretation), Sod (secret). Pardes is an expansive and open orchard, through which Jews of all backgrounds can enter and taste from the many fruits of Torah.
Pardes North America is a movement of educators, students, alumni and leaders that work to connect Jews in North America to transformative Torah learning experiences. In order to do this, Pardes North America is building a series of initiatives, curricular tools, North American faculty, and field-building research that will help engage thousands of new learners in high-impact Torah study. There are three distinct ways that Pardes North America is working to reach these populations: