Elul Program (September)

Program Description

While the Covid situation prevails, we are unable to predict whether the airports will remain open. As the Elul program is an in-person, short-term program, we suggest applying only if you are already in Israel, or if you are able to acquire a visa independently (i.e. a tourist visa). Pardes can only assist students with visas if they are intending to stay for the year/semester. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The Hebrew month of Elul leads up to the holiest days of the year – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Traditionally, this month is dedicated to study and introspection.

Elul students join Year Program students for the first few weeks of learning at Pardes. During these weeks, many of the classes are dedicated to themes relevant to the upcoming Jewish holidays in the month of Tishrei – Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Students learn both through havruta (paired) study and in seminar-style classes, gaining understanding, practical knowledge and inspiration that enhance the celebration of these holidays for years to come.

The program is free for Pardes year program alumni with various discounts for participants of other Pardes programs.

Classes meet 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday.

Classes are offered at multiple levels, from beginners to advanced, according to students’ Hebrew language skills and background in Jewish text study.

Elul participants are expected to have a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew or higher. For course schedule and descriptions, see Year Program.

B.A. from an accredited institution and a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew or higher. Due to limited space, priority is given to Pardes Year and Semester alumni.

Tuition (20 or more hours/week): $190 (Israelis; NIS 315)

Discounts:

  • FREE for alumni of Year & Semester, PCJE, Fellows, Kollel
  • 25% tuition discount for alum of Spirituality Retreat, Winter Learning Intensive, Year Program Hourly alum (10+ hours only) and Summer program alum

Alumni, please contact Donna at registrar@pardes.org.il

There is no financial aid available for this program.

Participation if space is available, at extra cost.

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.