Pardes Day School Educators Program: 1-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies

Program Description

The Pardes Day School Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies is designed for future Jewish Studies teachers in day schools who are already graduates of MA programs in Teaching or Jewish Education and who are motivated to supplement their academic training with rich Jewish text study and Israel experience.

The one-year Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; educators’ seminars on text and context, spirituality and tefilah in Jewish day schools and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches;  career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support. Participants will also engage in peer teaching and an independent project.

Graduates of this program earn a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Pardes.

Hoping to hire a PCJE graduate as a teacher or Jewish educator? Please contact Rachel Margolin at with a description of the position and we will try to make a shidduch!


  1. BA with above-average GPA
  2. Experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language
  3. Experience teaching or in experiential education OR MA in Teaching or Jewish Education or BA in Education

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Post-Program Commitment:

Graduates commit to teaching Jewish studies in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of two years upon completion of the program.

Pardes Day School Program Educators Program – One-Year Certificate in Jewish Studies is completely subsidized. Benefits include:

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for one academic year
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Living stipend of $800 per month for up to 10 months

The information on this page does not represent a funding guarantee for any current or future PCJE or Pardes student. All accepted PCJE students sign individual contracts with Pardes that confirm program dates, obligations, funding amounts and stipulations for the repayment of funds should program obligations be unmet. Please note that PCJE is not fully funded. As such, PCJE students that receive grants, scholarships or fellowships from other organizations must make reasonable contributions from these funds towards PCJE program costs. In some cases, Pardes coordinates such payments directly with the relevant organizations, institutions or programs; in other cases, the students themselves will need to coordinate these payments. Please address any questions to PCJE staff.

Pardes students usually rent apartments in Jerusalem. Pardes provides helpful housing resources to accepted students, including a listserve. Click here for more info about finding housing in Jerusalem.

Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions

In Israel:
Rachel Margolin
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

In North America:
Haley Schulman