Pardes Day School Educators Program + Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Program Description

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 the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College.

The pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College is uniquely positioned to prepare Jewish leaders for the 21st century.

Longtime partners, Pardes and Hebrew College have joined together to train outstanding rabbis who are passionate about day school teaching and leadership. Within this collaborative arrangement, the two years at Pardes count towards one year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew College, making the joint program a six-year rabbinical studies and Masters program instead of a seven-year endeavor.

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.

Within Hebrew College’s vibrant pluralistic community, the Rabbinical School students find their voice as they cultivate an honest, authentic expression of Judaism and develop a nourishing Jewish spiritual practice; drink deeply from the well of Jewish tradition through Beit Midrash-centered learning, traditional and creative tefillah, and academically rigorous courses led by world-renowned faculty; and learn to lead diverse communities with skill and an open heart and help heal a fractured world.

Graduates of PEP+Rabbinical School of Hebrew College earn a Master of Jewish Education with a Concentration in Jewish Day School Education from the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School.

B.A. with above-average GPA, advanced experience with Jewish text study
and Hebrew language, some experience in teaching or experiential

  • Online application (separate Pardes and Hebrew College applications)
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview
  • Rabbinical School application and interview process

Graduates of the PEP+Rabbinical School of Hebrew College program commit
to working 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

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for two academic years (includes all courses,
    field trips and special programs)
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Living stipend of $1,200 per month
  • Student teaching in North America each spring, travel and housing
    expenses funded
  • Hebrew College Masters tuition partially subsidized

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.

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