Pardes Experiential Educators Program for Hillel Professionals: 3-Year MA in Jewish Education (With the William Davidson School of Education at JTS)

Program Description

The Pardes Experiential Educators Program – Three-Year Master of Arts in Jewish Education is designed especially for Hillel professionals who will:

  • Gain deep Jewish text skills and content literacy in order to teach and share relevant and meaningful Torah and texts with their students on campus
  • Gain familiarity with and facility of key Hebrew-Israeli-Jewish concepts, grammar and language in order to interact confidently with students surrounding issues of Zionism, Israeli culture and society, the Jewish People, Jewish history, Hebrew language, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Experience the richness of an immersive Jewish community in order to learn how to cultivate community and inspire Jewish life on campus
  • Gain and hone applied experiential education skills in order to excel as experiential educators and professionals on campus
  • Synthesize what they learn in their text, ulpan, and community experiences with their professional skills in order to become skilled, knowledgeable, and inspiring master Jewish educators within Hillel


  • Years 1-2 take place in Jerusalem at Pardes, including: classical Beit Midrash text study, professional seminars and active participation in the dynamic and diverse community of Pardes, along with one to two online William Davidson graduate courses per semester
  • Year 3 takes place back on campus as a Hillel Senior Jewish educator, with continuing academic study online.

The Schusterman International Center is committed to each professional’s success and will support your job search, onboarding, and provide you with ongoing mentorship. Since our movement is large and diverse, professionals will need to be geographically flexible, as placement will be based on fit at a particular campus and availability of positions. The Schusterman International Center’s Talent Management Team will work closely with the professionals to support their placement.

If a suitable position is not found or the professional does not accept a campus position and work on campus for at least one academic year, an alternative placement at another Jewish organization or plan for financial repayment will be devised in consultation with the professional.


  • BA with above-average GPA
  • Nomination by Hillel

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application (to both Pardes and JTS)
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
  • Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Post-Program Commitment:

  • Completion of Masters and professional employment as a Hillel educator for a minimum of one year


Full subsidies awarded to all students for four semesters at Pardes and summer ulpan; $800 per month living stipend for two 10-month periods.

William Davidson

All applicants are considered for a need-informed, merit-based tuition fellowship of up to 75%. In order to be considered, applicants must submit a FAFSA application as part of the application process.

See tuition tab above.

Gail Kirschner
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

The William Davidson School:
Sarahann Goldstein
(212) 678-8032