The Pardes Leadership Fellowship is open to emerging Jewish leaders (ages 20-36) from communities outside of Israel and North America who are passionate about gaining knowledge and skills in order to help create vibrant and meaningful Jewish life back home. Relevant candidates will have already demonstrated a strong commitment to enriching their home communities through Jewish learning and intentional community building, and will receive additional leadership training during their time at Pardes. Fellows participate full-time in the Pardes Year Program in Jerusalem, delving into classic Jewish texts and core Jewish ideas.
Fellows are expected to work closely with staff to create partnerships that will help strengthen ties between Pardes and global Jewish communities, creating rich opportunities for text-based learning together.
The Fellowship cohort meets monthly for special guest speakers and workshops. Past programming has included:
- Kiva Rabinsky, M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
- Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Director of Jewish Education, Europe, JDC
- Professor Sergio Della Pergola, demographer
- Caron Sethill, Programme Manager Europe, National Library of Israel
Fellows have also been chosen to participate as Pardes representatives at various international retreats and events sponsored by Moishe House, Limmud, Yesod, Junction, Masa Israel Journey and more.
Tuition and Financial Aid
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.
“My year at Pardes has been one of the most influential and enjoyable of my life. As someone heading into my 30’s and mid-career years, the chance to invest in my Jewish learning for a year has been an immense privilege and deeply enriching. I will head back to the UK a more passionate, knowledgeable and confident educator, with a deeper belief than ever for promoting a Judaism that is open, informed and a force for good in the world.”
-Miriam Lorie (2016-17), London, England
2021 update: Miriam is currently a Jewish educator and rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat. Her teaching, described as “expansive, open and a lot of fun,” builds on working in Jewish community leadership development, seven years spent working in inter-faith dialogue, a degree in Theology at the University of Cambridge and study at Midreshet Harova and Pardes. Miriam is co-founder of Kehillat Nashira, the UK’s first regularly meeting Partnership Minyan.
For more information and to apply now
A letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can speak to the candidate’s relevant community experience and potential growth and contributions through the fellowship is required. This may be one of the two letters of recommendation required for the YP application, or an additional recommendation. The letter must be submitted along with the Fellowship Application and the Pardes Year Program application. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship applications for 2021-22 are now open.