Pardes Arts & Culture Fellowship

The Arts and Culture Fellowship is reserved for outstanding Year Program applicants with rich backgrounds in one or more of the arts (e.g. music, theater, creative writing, visual arts, dance, etc.). Candidates should be highly motivated and bring experience in facilitating creative communal programming. Arts & Culture Fellows will submit a proposal for a self-directed personal project in the medium of their choice that will be informed by their intensive Jewish text study, with support from a community mentor. Fellows will also be responsible for infusing the larger Pardes community with a spirit of creativity through offering workshops, enriching holiday programming, and helping others explore the local arts scene. Fellows will meet periodically as a cohort to experiment with ideas and techniques, share works in progress, and explore the intersection of the arts and Jewish text more broadly.

  • All fellows will receive a guaranteed living expense 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.

Candidates must fill out BOTH the 2021-22 Year Program application and the Fellowship application, and upload a cover letter and portfolio or artistic sample. Applications for this fellowship will be considered on a rolling basis. Limited slots available. 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!)