Pardes Community Education

Program Description

*IMPORTANT UPDATES*
June Mini-Series will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2-18, 2020. To register for the June mini-series please click the orange button below. If you were interested in a drop-in class, or need information in general, please speak with Debra directly, debra@pardes.org.il.

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The Pardes Community Education courses provide in-depth, Jewish text study on a flexible schedule to meet students’ interests and availability.

The program offers classes, lectures and tours on a variety of subjects. Participants can choose from daytime, lunchtime and evening courses, attend a single class, a course or the entire series.

Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.

Tuition

Single Class: 30 NIS
1 Course (3 classes): 90 NIS
All Courses (12 classes): 300 NIS

Tuition

Single Class: 30 NIS
1 Course (5 classes): 150 NIS
2 Courses (10 classes): 300 NIS
3 Courses (15 classes): 450 NIS

**If you register for 3 Courses there will be no charge for any other courses.

Course Descriptions:

Monday 9:30-11am
Calev Ben-Dor
Ethical Challenges of Jewish Statehood
Come join conversations between Bialik and Bereshit, Amos Oz and the Ohr Hachaim, Tzchernikovsky and the Talmud.

  • Week 1: The Four Cubits of Halacha and the Challenge of Sovereignty. Can a Halakha that was forged in Galut adapt to incorporate the realities of Statehood
  • Week 2: Idealism vs. Realism in Foreign Policy, discussing the Temple’s destruction and the Bar Kochba Revolt, we will explore the secret of political wisdom.
  • Week 3: Pinchas, the New Hebrew, and the Use of Force: What is the relationship between violence and peace? How should the State of Israel best exercise force?
  • Week 4: The Search for Peace
  • Week 5: The Sovereign State of Israel: Dealing with Imperfection: How do we cope with the gap between our dreams the reality of what Israel is? Is Israel the beginning of the messianic era?

Monday 11:15am-12:45pm

Rabbi Mike Feuer
Foundational Zionist Thinkers. Alkalai, Nordau, Herzl, Jabotinsky, Ahad Ha’am
The personalities and ideas that founded the State of Israel and the debates they fostered.
Tuesday 9-10:15am
Rabbi Yoseph Ote
Halakha and State
What are some of the central debates involving Halakha and the Jewish State. This class will discuss some of the key debates involving Religion and State and open some of the key Halakhic and ethical issues:

  • The Halakhic status of Israeli law-courts. Should one go to the courts or to the Beit Din?
  • Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State.
  • Shabbat
  • Halakha and the IDF

Tuesday 10:30-11:45am
Rabbi Alex Israel
The Temple Mount. In Tanakh Mishna and Halakha.
Har Habayit, Haram Al Sharif, The Temple Mount, is one of the most contentious pieces of land in the entire globe! We shall examine it from several perspectives:

  • Week 1: Tanakh: When did Jerusalem become holy? Under what circumstances? Is the sanctity divine or is it “man-made”? Why was the Temple built there? What do the different renditions tell us about the role of this place?
  • Week 2: We will study Psalms sung about this place, prophecies, representing hopes, dreams and disappointments.
  • Week 3: How is the site of the Temple viewed in the Mishna and the Midrash? Is it the Jewish “National Mall”? Or maybe the universal “navel of the world”?
  • Week 4: Where did the Temple sit, and can we identify its gates and layout in the current reality? Does Halakha allow Jews to ascend the Temple Mount?
  • Week 5: Recently, Jews have begun visiting the Temple Mount. What is the state of the current Rabbinic debate? From Rabb Shlomo Goren to David Golinkin, from Natan Sharansky. Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein and Rabbi Melamed, we shall gain a window into the debates that underlie how we might relate to this sacred site.

Tuesday 12-1pm
Michal Kohane
A Taste of Daf Yomi. Tractate Shabbat
In this accessible and friendly environment, join the worldwide Daf Yomi cycle, and probe the depths and wisdom of the Talmud, with this weekly taste of some of the key issues studied in the week’s Talmud study.
Thursdays 9:30-11am
Rabbi Dr. Howard Markose.
“These are the Names” – Subtlety, Subversion and Surprise in Biblical Names.
An analysis of the development of names in the Tanach.
Thursdays 11:15am-12:45pm
Dr. Katherine Aron-Beller
Anti Semitism. Past and Present
The intention of this mini-course is both to analyze the articulated hatred towards Jews as a historical force and to trace its continual morphing and development into the complex issues of contemporary Anti-Semitism. The mini-course will be divided into five sessions that will begin with classical Christian doctrine, trace the chimerical allegations against Jews in medieval Europe, study the change of Christian anti-Judaism to racial and scientific Anti-Semitism. The last two sessions will focus on contemporary Anti-Semitism today.

  • Week 1: The Deepest Accusation – Deicide.
  • Week 2: Jews and the Devil in Medieval Times
  • Week 3: The Change from Anti-Judaism to Anti-Semitism: Our Modern World
  • Week 4: Holocaust Denial and the Self-Hating Jew
  • Week 5: The Islamization of Anti-Semitism

Katherine Aron-Beller is a lecturer of Jewish History in the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University and at Tel Aviv University.

Thursday 1-2pm
Community T(orah)ED Talks
Members of the CE community will share their expertise and the books that they have written.

Tuition

Single Class: 50 NIS
Course (4 classes): 150 NIS
CE Punch Card (6 Classes): 265 NIS
Tours #2,3,4,5 : 130 NIS
Tours #1,6 : 180 NIS
Evening Lecture: 30 NIS online in advance, 40 NIS at the door, 20 NIS students and Masa

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Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.

CE Fall 2019 Schedule

Tuition

Single Class: 50 NIS
Course (10 classes): 400 NIS
CE Punch Card (6 Classes): 265 NIS
Tours #2,3,4,5 : 130 NIS
Tours #1,6 : 180 NIS
Evening Lecture: 30 NIS online in advance, 40 NIS at the door, 20 NIS students and Masa

Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.

 

Tuition

Single Class: 50 NIS
Course (10 classes): 400 NIS
CE Punch Card (6 Classes): 265 NIS
**There will be no classes on election day (March 2) and Purim (March 10)**
Tours #2,3,4,5 : 130 NIS
Tours #1,6 : 180 NIS
**The January 19 tour has been moved to March 25. The March 22 tiyul has been postponed to the Omer series.**
Evening Lecture: 30 NIS online in advance, 40 NIS at the door, 20 NIS students and Masa

Click here to apply for the Spring program.

Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.

Click here for the list of all upcoming evening lectures in Israel.


All lectures will start at 7:30 pm at Pardes Institute, 29 Pierre Koenig (Corner of Rivka) Talpiot

Cost: 40 NIS at the door, 30 NIS online in advance, 20 NIS students and Masa

You can purchase a Pardes Pass for admission to all 2019/20 evening lectures: 400 NIS. Email ce@pardes.org.il.

Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.

For questions contact ce@pardes.org.il

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Click here for the PDF of the 2019-20 Community Education program.