Pardes Online Adult Educators Bootcamp

Program Description

Take a deep dive with Pardes North America in partnership with the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, into the art of crafting and facilitating an interactive text study for adult learners! Learn practical skills, workshop, and teach your newly designed session!

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 Online Adult Educators Bootcamp this summer break and transform the way you teach Jewish texts!

We owe a debt of gratitude to our friends at Kevah, who initiated and ran the Kevah Teaching Fellowship for many years, therein creating a cadre of highly-trained teachers of Torah. The Pardes Online Adult Educators Bootcamp was born out of a partnership with Kevah leaders Rabbi David Kasher and Dr. Julie Lieber.


  • July 12 – 22, 2021
  • Monday-Thursdays
  • 9 AM – 12:30 PM Pacfic USA / 12 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern USA

Schedule TBA

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

Faculty/Educator Biography
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.
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.
Aviva Lauer
Aviva Lauer 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.

Cost per participant: $200. (Those Bootcamp participants who would like to join a Pardes Summer Program course from 9:30-11:30 am Eastern can do so for an additional $50.)

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