Pardes Adult Educators Bootcamp

Program Description

June 21-July 2

2 75-minute online sessions each day, Sunday-Thursday
Session 1: 9-10:15 am Pacific/12-1:15 pm Eastern/7-8:15 pm Israel
Break: 10:15-10:45 am Pacific/1:15-1:45 pm Eastern/8:15-8:45 pm Israel
Session 2: 10:45 am-12 noon Pacific/1:45-3 pm Eastern/8:45-10 pm Israel

Take a deep dive into the art of crafting and facilitating an interactive text study for adult learners!

While many fine institutions exist to teach Torah to the next generation of Jewish leaders, rarely are these scholars taught how to teach the Torah that they have learned. Despite the lack of teacher training, Jewish professionals are simply expected to be able to teach Torah well.

We believe that a significant increase in the number of highly-trained Torah teachers has the capacity to radically change the Jewish community’s relationship to its spiritual and intellectual heritage. Through this teacher training bootcamp, we aim to significantly improve the quality of adult Jewish education in the North American Jewish community.

Participate in the Pardes Adult Educators Bootcamp this summer and transform the way you teach Jewish texts!

Rabbinical students, graduate students, and Jewish educators with strong backgrounds in Jewish learning are encouraged to apply.


Rabbi David Kasherpardes kevah teaching fellowship

David Kasher serves as an Associate Rabbi at IKAR, a non-denominational, progressive spiritual community in Los Angeles. He received his BA in Political Science at Wesleyan University, holds a J.S.D. from Berkeley Law, and received Rabbinic Ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Kasher grew up bouncing back and forth between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, hippies and hassidim – and has been trying to synthesize these two worlds ever since. He was part of the founding team at Kevah, where he worked from 2012 to 2018 and developed the Kevah Teaching Fellowship. He has served on the faculty of Berkeley Law, the Wexner Heritage Program, Reboot, and BINA, and has also taught at Pardes, SVARA, The Hartman Institute, Dorot and various Limmuds. Rabbi Kasher is a teacher of nearly all forms of classical Jewish literature, but his greatest passion is Torah commentary, and he spent the last five years producing the weekly ParshaNut blog and podcast, exploring the riches of the genre.
Aviva Lauer Golbert
Aviva Lauer Golbert is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. 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.
Rabbi Shani Gross
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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.
Rabbi Reuven Margrett
Reuven Margrett is the Director of Digital Content at the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. A graduate of the Pardes Day School Educators Program (’05-‘07), with an MA in Jewish Education and ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem, he taught Rabbinic texts and was a day school administrator for over ten years in London and Detroit. A lover of innovation in Jewish education, he was the Executive Producer of the first serious digital Jewish games (Sparks of Eternity and Kerem b’Yavneh), was part of the creative team for the Legacy Heritage Rabbinics Standards and Benchmarks project, and most recently created the Pardes Online Tefilah Resource Database. Reuven currently loves mentoring and coaching the next generation of Jewish educators and encourages all Jewish educators to join the PCJE Network Facebook group.
Sefi Kraut
Sefi Kraut grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then moved to New York during her high school years. She earned a BA in History at Stern College, completed a teaching fellowship at the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston, and taught middle school Tanakh at Yavneh Academy in NJ for eight years. She moved to Jerusalem in August 2013 and went on to teach Tanakh to post-high school students in Midreshet Lindenbaum and Midreshet Moriah, as well as becoming the assistant director of the Tikvah Overseas Seminars program. Since 2017, Sefi has joined the faculty of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE) and is the Educational Director for the Mahloket Matters project at Pardes. She also teaches in the Pardes Summer Program and the community education programs.

Cost per participant: $250.

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