Pardes Day School Educators Program: Semikha Track

Program Description

Train to become a day school Jewish studies teacher AND ​study towards semikha. Program participants earn a Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) and Certificate of Day School Education from Hebrew College, Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from Pardes, and prepare for​ semikha ​through intensive text study in the Pardes Kollel. This two or three-year option is geared towards candidates with​ advanced​ Jewish text study and Hebrew language experience.

Hoping to hire a PCJE graduate as a teacher or Jewish educator? Please contact Gail Kirschner at with a description of the position and we will try to make a shidduch!

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

Admission Requirements:

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

Post-Program Commitment:
Graduates of the Pardes Day School Educators Program: Semikha Track commit to teaching in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of three years upon completion of the program.

The Pardes Day School Educators Program: Semikha Track is highly subsidized. Benefits include:

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for two- three academic years (includes all courses, field trips and special programs)
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Hebrew College tuition for MJEd generously subsidized (see financial aid)
  • Living stipend of $1,200 per month (for two-three academic years)
  • Student teaching in North America: in spring semester, two separate one-month placements, travel and housing expenses funded

Subsidy provided for 40% of the Hebrew College tuition. Student is responsible to pay 60% of the Hebrew College tuition. Loans available for up to 30% of the Hebrew College tuition.

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.

In Israel:
Gail Kirschner
+972 2 673 5210 ext 244

In North America:
Meira Cohen