Pardes Arts & Culture Fellowship

Submissions for this fellowship are now closed.

Reserved for outstanding Year Program applicants with a rich background in a variety of creative media, and/or in arts education. Fellow(s) will submit a proposal for a yearlong creative project that will be informed by their intensive Jewish text study, and be connected with a mentor from within the Pardes community network.

In addition, the Arts and Culture fellow will work with Pardes staff, administration and students to facilitate cultural enrichment opportunities, and to help develop a model(s) for further integrating the arts into Pardes’ program offerings.

  • All fellows will receive a guaranteed living expenses grant ranging from $300-$500/month (exact amount determined by financial need) AND receive highly subsidized Year Program tuition: $3,000 discount for those not eligible for Masa Israel Journey funding, and $2,000 discount for those eligible for Masa funding.

A cover letter and a portfolio or sample is required and can be directly uploaded onto the Fellowship application. Applicants must also complete the Pardes Year Program application. For more information, email

Meet 2018-19 Pardes Arts & Culture Fellow Rebecca Herz

Sharing my authentic self with Pardes has been liberating for me as an artist and a whole human being! It’s been a process of learning to attune to what the community needs. As for my personal practice of writing poetry and learning in the beit midrash, which to me are completely intertwined, there’s been this flow of knowledge that has become so embodied that I can no longer distinguish it from my spiritual journey. – Rebecca Herz (pictured: standing, second from right), 2018-19 Pardes Arts & Culture Fellow

Bringing her background in music, poetry, yoga and teaching, Rebecca has created “Pray & Paint for Pittsburgh”, an open mic night social action fundraiser, and monthly alternative Rosh Chodesh celebrations integrating music, visual art and movement. She has also organized local gallery tours.

In addition to facilitating opportunities for creative expression within the community, Rebecca reflects on the themes of the texts she explores in the Beit Midrash through her original poetry, joining a long tradition of Pardes students who have woven beloved and challenging texts into music and other art forms (Bible Raps, Girls in Trouble, The God Album – to name just a few!)