This Shavuot! Thursday – Sunday, May 28-31, 2020
70 Darom Lane
Clayton, GA 30525 United States
Phone: (706) 782-9300
Rabbi Meir Schweiger teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur, and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir made aliyah in 1972 from the Bronx, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion. Meir has also taught Talmud and Bible at the Shapell College of Jewish Studies, Michlala, Nishmat, and Beit Midrash L’torah. Since 1977, he has been a full-time faculty member at Pardes and has taught more hours and classes than anyone else on the staff. In addition to teaching, Meir has been responsible for the “affective” side of Pardes, coordinating and supervising tefillot (prayer), tiyulim (hikes), shabbatonim, and pre-holiday yemei iyun (full-day study programs). His official title is Mashgiach Ruhani (Director of Religious Life), which reflects the impact he has had on the personal and spiritual growth of many of our students. For 10 years, Meir was the Director of the Pardes Fellows’ Program, for returning, 2nd-year students, and the Educational Director of the Executive Learning Seminar. For three years, Meir was the mainstay of Pardes’ podcast series on the weekly Torah portion, and he has over 200 recordings online.
Dr. Ziva R. Hassenfeld was recently appointed the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the tools and reading strategies young children employ when reading sacred texts, as well as the pedagogies teachers use to support student textual interpretation, fluency, and comprehension. Ziva came to the Mandel Center after earning her doctorate from Stanford University in Education and Jewish Studies. Her dissertation is Transmission and Interpretive Facilitation: Teaching Hebrew Bible in Jewish Elementary Schools. Her research has been published widely in academic journals and popular media. In addition to her research, Ziva is a passionate educator. She has taught Tanakh in a variety of settings, including at Gann Academy, Genesis/BIMA at Brandeis, Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, Stanford Hillel, Congregation Beth Jacobs, and Congregation Emek Beracha. While a doctoral student, Ziva served as a teaching assistant for the Graduate School of Education’s Pro Seminar and an instructor for the Stanford Teacher Education Preparatory Program. She is a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 25.
Aviva Lauer Golbert is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE). She majored in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and earned a Masters degree in Midrash at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. Aviva is a Jewish educator with over twenty years of experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, school administration and educational consulting. Upon making Aliyah in 1996, Aviva developed formal and informal educational materials for Melitz and at the Leo Baeck Education Center, where she also gained experience in teaching pluralistic Judaism. She then served as the head of the department of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, London. Working at the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators since 2009, Aviva has been a teaching coach, director of recruitment, director of the Summer Curriculum Workshop, and Assistant Director of PCJE before taking on her current role in 2017.
Rabba Shani Gross is the Director of North American Programs at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Shani most recently served as Pardes’s Assistant Director of Education NA. Shani earned rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 29), and a former Hillel Fellow for Rabbinic Entrepreneurship (OOI). Shani was the Director of the Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, a center of learning on the West Coast that empowers Jewish people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts in a pluralistic, warm and intellectually challenging environment. When not teaching, Shani can usually be found with her husband Chaim, chasing after their two beautiful sons, Elan and Navon.
Join our Jewish Professionals Track!
This track will include tailored workshops and hands-on training for Jewish educators and engagement professionals who are currently working with a Jewish community. Those interested in this track will be eligible for discounted rates for the retreat – limited spots so apply now!
|Housing||Adults||Kids 3-17||Kids NB-2|
|Cabin: Group or Multi-Family||$275/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cabin: Single Family||$299/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cabin: Single Family Deluxe||$360/per person||$150||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Single Occupancy||$540/per person||$150||FREE|
|Standard Hotel: Double Occupancy||$399/per person||$150||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Single Occupancy||$650/per person||$150||FREE|
|Deluxe Hotel: Double Occupancy||$540/per person||$150||FREE|
|Cottage: Double Occupancy or more||$600/per person||$150||FREE|
Pardes is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. We will notify applicants immediately if there are changes to the program’s schedule. For Pardes’s cancellation policy, please contact Amira Mintz-Morgenthau at firstname.lastname@example.org.