The Pardes Day School Educators Program – training outstanding Jewish studies teachers for day schools since 2000 – is a vibrant and innovative two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. This program is highly selective, seeking outstanding applicants for whom day school teaching is their calling.
The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: holistic pedagogical training and education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on text and context, spirituality and Tefilah in Jewish day schools, and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.
Graduates of the two-year Pardes Day School Educators Program earn a Master of Jewish Education with a Concentration in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College and a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Click here for a sampling of just some of the schools at which PCJE alumni have taught upon completion of the Day School Educators Program.
Hoping to hire a PCJE graduate as a teacher or Jewish educator? Please contact Gail Kirschner at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the position and we will try to make a shidduch!
BA with above-average GPA, experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language, some experience in teaching or experiential education.
Graduates of the two-year Pardes Day School Educators Program commit to teaching Jewish studies in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of three years upon completion of the program.
The Pardes Day School Educators Program is highly subsidized. Benefits include:
The information on this page does not represent a funding guarantee for any current or future PCJE or Pardes student. All accepted PCJE students sign individual contracts with Pardes that confirm program dates, obligations, funding amounts and stipulations for the repayment of funds should program obligations be unmet. Please note that PCJE is not fully funded. As such, PCJE students that receive grants, scholarships or fellowships from other organizations must make reasonable contributions from these funds towards PCJE program costs. In some cases, Pardes coordinates such payments directly with the relevant organizations, institutions or programs; in other cases, the students themselves will need to coordinate these payments. Please address any questions to PCJE staff.
Pardes students usually rent apartments in Jerusalem. Pardes provides helpful housing resources to accepted students, including a listserve. Click here for more info about finding housing in Jerusalem.