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.
Wherever you are in the world, join us for a “mini-sabbatical” of study and conversation, with the aim of drawing inspiration from our traditional texts that might motivate us to effect meaningful change on a personal, communal or even global scale. No previous text-study experience is necessary; multiple levels are available. This year, there are TWO ways to participate:
JAN 3, 2022:
Based in Israel
JAN 3-5, 2022:
Based in North America?
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.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
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?
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.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thanks to the support of a generous donor, we are thrilled to welcome students and young professionals to our in-person Yom Iyun – a full day of learning on Jan 3, including a bagel breakfast – AT NO CHARGE. Guests must provide proof of vaccination in order to participate in person; masks are required indoors. In-person guests are invited to join the Monday evening programming, including a light supper. Please register below to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
$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:
NOTE: The Rebootcamp track for Jewish educators will run daily until 9:15 pm GMT / 4:15 pm EST / 1:15 pm PST.
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?
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)
Previous PWB themes included:
2020: The Many Faces of Me: Exploring Identity in a Post-Modern World
2019: Power, Privilege and Responsibility