Pardes Winter Break: A Learning Intensive for Students & Young Professionals

Program Description

We are preparing for next year’s Pardes Winter Break in January. In the meantime, take a look at the amazing program we held last January.

Jewish tradition carves out sacred time for radically reframing the ways in which we experience ourselves, each other, the world and the Divine. Shabbat, the seventh day, and Shmittah, the seventh sabbatical year that we are currently marking, are opportunities for powerful shifts.

JAN 3, 2022:
(Immersive Day of Learning)
In-person, Jerusalem

Based in Israel
or visiting over winter break?

JAN 3-5, 2022:

Based in North America?
Europe? UK?


Join the dynamic, international Year Program community at Pardes in Jerusalem for an all-day, in-person Yom Iyun (Immersive Day of Learning).

Together, we will examine ancient and contemporary implications of both Shabbat and Shmittah, as practiced uniquely in Israel and in Jewish communities around the globe: personal, spiritual, social, communal, ecological, political and more.

The day will begin with optional festive tefilah (prayer) options for Rosh Chodesh Shvat, followed by a communal brunch and three sessions of interactive Jewish learning.

Participants are warmly invited to join the online learning that evening, screened live from Pardes and with face-to-face havruta (paired learning) time. A light dinner will be served!

Guests must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in person; masks are required indoors.



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Join us online daily from Mon, Jan 3 – Wed, Jan 5 for the opportunity to learn and connect with other Jewish students and young adults, guided by master teachers from Pardes in Jerusalem and Pardes North America. Bring a havruta (a study partner), or come solo and we will match you up!

In what ways might Shabbat and Shmittah — designated moments in time – offer us values clarification on the ways we live our lives all year, every year?

Looking for some inspiring Professional Development this winter?
Are you a Jewish educator who works with adults? Want to gain confidence in crafting and facilitating a meaningful text learning experience?

Join the 3-part Rebootcamp track, a chance to integrate meaningful thematic content with powerful pedagogical tools and recharge your teaching batteries. Facilitated by master educators from The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and Pardes North America. Details below.

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NOTE: The application deadline for this program is Dec 30. The above program options are designed for students, young adults and young professionals. If you are a seasoned community leader or senior professional, adult lifelong learner, or retiree, you might enjoy the Pardes Learning Seminar, which takes place in both late December and early July.

We are preparing the schedule for the January 2023 Pardes Winter Break. In the meantime, check out our program from this past program in Jan 2022.

In-Person Schedule

In-Person Class Descriptions

$50 all-access pass for all 3 days (including Rebootcamp track for Jewish Educators) / $20 single day pass

Join us online daily from Mon, Jan 3 – Wed, Jan 5, 2022:

  • 4 pm – 8:30 pm GMT
  • 11 am – 3:30 pm EST
  • 8 am – 12:30 pm PST

NOTE: The Rebootcamp track for Jewish educators will run daily until 9:15 pm GMT / 4:15 pm EST / 1:15 pm PST.

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In what ways might Shabbat and Shmittah — designated moments in time — offer us values clarification on the ways we live our lives all year, every year?

  • Personal + Spiritual: How do we relate to our own agency in the world? How do we balance between the modes of actively producing and mindfully receiving, and where might we find a higher purpose in each?
  • Social + Communal: In what ways does the Shmittah year serve as a great equalizer? What might we learn from the economic model of loan forgiveness and other socially-oriented practices?
  • Ecological + Political: What is the environmental impact of Shmittah practices dictating rest for the land? How do power dynamics shift in a traditional sabbatical year, and how might we approach the call to reset on a local and global scale?

This program is open to students and young professionals of all Jewish backgrounds. No previous experience with Jewish text study is necessary, and classes will be offered at a range of levels. Discussions will be conducted in English; texts will be presented in the original Hebrew and Aramaic, with English translations.

“Pardes has opened new doors and ways of thinking into my life, I am very grateful. This program has definitely given me so much to consider.” Lauren Lieberman (Winter 2020)

“It was a great experience. I enjoyed learning with different teachers and broader concepts. I am taking away a deeper understanding of some stories in the tanakh, and a greater appreciation for the opportunity to learn with my peers.” Haley Sklut (Winter 2020)

“Wow! So great! Learned some great thoughts about Torah that I can teach to my congregation when I go home. Met some new friends. Had fun, feel recharged. Was also really happy to be able to share some of my own skills and talents.” Cantor Kate Judd (Winter 2020)

“It was really fantastic to be in such an engaged and rigorous learning environment. The intellectual level of the classes was fantastic and the discussion was also. It reminded me how much I love learning.” Cohava Rubinstein Sturgess (Winter 2019)

“The week was really amazing. It was great to be back in the beit midrash, among peers and great teachers. I’m looking forward to developing a deeper lens for text study moving forward.” Larry Ginsburg (Winter 2019)

While we work on the schedule for January, check out last year’s PWB 2021 course schedule and descriptions from our intensive on “Hazak v’Ematz: Cultivating Courage and Resilience”.

Previous PWB themes included:
2020: The Many Faces of Me: Exploring Identity in a Post-Modern World
2019: Power, Privilege and Responsibility