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Pardes Learning Seminars Communal Leaders. Professionals. Lifelong Learners. You.

Program Description

The twice-yearly Pardes Learning Seminar brings together community leaders, professionals and lifelong learners, who wish to study classical Jewish sources either online or within the landscape of Israel. Participants grapple with ancient texts and current issues, visit historical (either in person or virtually) and learn from the best educators in Israel.

Click here to view the Summer 2021 brochure , which is currently scheduled to take place in-person at Pardes in Jerusalem with a second virtual track taking place the same week.

Click here to read the latest participant testimonials.

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The Pardes Learning Seminar attracts seasoned community leaders and professionals (from all fields, Jewish and secular), adult lifelong learners, and retirees. If you are a student or young professional, you might enjoy the Pardes Winter Learning Intensive, which takes place annually in early January.

Passionate Educators

The Pardes faculty’s depth of knowledge is rivaled only by their engaging teaching style and their ability to bring Judaism to life. They aim not only to teach compelling ideas, but also to give you the tools to enter personally into a conversation with your heritage.

Meaningful Jewish Study

Our renowned faculty bring together students from diverse learning backgrounds and create an educational environment that is accessible and empowering. Participants study in havruta pairs, partnering to help one another explore and gain ownership of the text. Sources are provided in their original language and in English translation.

Warm Community

Participants from around the world come together to create a cohort of passionate learners exploring Jewish themes that are challenging and inspiring. Through classes, touring and social events, participants have the opportunity to connect with peers and expand their personal networks.

Inspired Israel Experience

The combination of studying Jewish texts and ideas, together with exploring Israel, brings the classroom learning to life and allows you to see Israel in a whole new way.

…it is a luxury to learn in an atmosphere that empowers participants to seek knowledge and information that will enable them to make their own decisions about their spiritual and religious lives.

Read more about Stephen Donshik’s Pardes Learning Seminar experience at:

Seminar Details

Dates: July 4-8, 2021

Tuition: $1,400

Pardes is pleased to offer a discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,400, Participant #2 $1,100.

$180 non-refundable deposit is due with application.

The Seminar takes place at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Seminar Overview

As Joshua accepts the mantle of leadership and the Jewish people prepare to inherit the Promised Land, Moses charges Joshua and the people to embody resilience and courage. These character traits are no less urgent for our leaders and for us as individuals as each of us strives to realize our own destiny today.

Topics of Study

  • What do we learn from the models that Torah and rabbinic Judaism provided us for resilience and courage in our lives and the lives of our communities?
  • What is the leadership that we need most at this time? Is it for the people or the leaders to cultivate our collective resilience and courage?
  • How can we encourage one another, as Moses did for Joshua, and help each other become our best selves? 
  • Are we adequately prepared to face future challenges?
  • Do we have the courage to push forward with new ideas and new paradigms? 
  • How can Torah make us strong?

We welcome participants who have studied Jewish texts before, as well as those who have not previously encountered text study.

Summer Seminar 2021: $1,400
Pardes is pleased to offer a discount for immediate family members attending together. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Participant #1 $1,400, Participant #2 $1,100. 

A minimum tuition payment of $180 is due with the application to secure your spot.

To pay in US dollars, you have the following three options:

  • Online: Click here and enter the amount you would like to pay.
  • By phone: Call 212-447-4333 and ask for Simon.
  • By mail: Send a check addressed and payable to Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies / 404 5th Avenue Suite 7013 / New York, NY 10018. Include “Seminar tuition” in the memo.

Tuition must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the Seminar. Tuition is fully refundable if Pardes is notified of a cancellation more than two weeks prior to the program start date. If a cancellation is made within two weeks of the program start date, the $180 is retained by Pardes and can either be held towards a future tuition payment or credited as a donation. The remainder of any tuition payments made will be refunded.

Tuition covers the cost of all sessions, materials, touring expenses and meals during sessions. It does not cover airfare, hotel accommodations, and other meals. While air flight and hotel accommodations must be arranged individually by each participant, we will be happy to advise you in locating appropriate accommodations.

Guest Policy: Participants are welcome to invite a guest to experience the Seminar. Guests can join one class at no charge. For those who wish to participate in more than one class, a full day’s tuition will be charged. Guests can also join off-site excursions or evening meals for a fee. Participants must check with Pardes staff before inviting guests to ensure that space is available. All efforts will be made to accommodate friends and family of Seminar participants.

The price for the program does not include accommodations. Here are some suggestions to suit all budgets.

The neighborhoods closest to Pardes are Baka, German Colony, Katamon, Talpiot (possible walking distance). A bit further away from Pardes, and closer to downtown, are Rehavia, Talbiyeh, Nahlaot.

Bed & Breakfasts

An inexpensive resource is the wide array of bed & breakfast rooms; Baka Rentals and The Home Accommodation Association of Jerusalem are both good sources.

We do have a recommendation for Tami’s B&B, 7 Hananyah St., German Colony. Tel: +972 2 5634657, cell: +972 547393592, fax: +972 2 5635348 or email.

You can also find apartments to rent short-term via Flathunting.

Little House

Many Seminar participants stay at one of the three inns of A Little House chain. They are situated in Baka, the German Colony and Rehavia. Email or call +972-2-673-7944, or visit the website.

Luxury Apartment Rentals

Sweet Inn is happy to partner with Pardes. Find luxury rental options at You can use coupon code ‘PARDES’ to receive 10% off on all of their apartments in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Any questions, contact
Simon Ohnona at:


Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem on Hebron Road (Talpiot)
Tel: +972-2-568-9999

Dan Panorama Hotel (Talbiyeh)
39 Keren Hayesod Street
Tel: +972-2-569-5695

Inbal Jerusalem Hotel (Talbiyeh/German Colony)
Liberty Bell Park
3 Jabotinsky Street
Tel. +972-2-675-6666

David Citadel Hotel (Downtown)
7 King David Street
Tel: +972-2-621-1111

Emek Refaim Street 3
Tel: +972-2-569-9090

Pardes Learning Seminar participants are strongly encouraged to contact their health insurance company before traveling to Israel to learn about coverage while traveling abroad. For those interested in purchasing travel insurance, Pardes has a working relationship with a local insurance agent called Egert and Cohen, who offer “Harel” tourist insurance. Pardes students are not required to buy insurance from this company. There are many good travel insurance options available in your home country which you can contact before you travel.

Pardes suggests that participants bring an ample supply of any particular medication (prescriptions and over-the-counter items, which may be prescription in Israel) that are needed, as exact equivalents may not be available in Israel. To get US prescriptions filled in Israel one needs to get a replacement prescription from an Israeli doctor, which Pardes can help arrange. An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses may also a good idea to bring with you.

USA: +1 212-447-4333
Israel: +972-2-673-5210 ext 229