Elul Program (September)

Program Description

The Elul program for 2020 will be running with a limited capacity. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 situation, we are unable to accommodate Elul students coming from outside Israel. If you’re able to commit to studying for a longer period, which may include the Elul time, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, please reach out to carmella@pardes.org.il (if you’re outside of North America) or haley@pardes.org (North America based inquiries). For those already located in Israel, only Pardes alumni are eligible to apply for Elul this year due to our limited classroom capacity as we social distance. 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.

Spaces are limited and preference is given to Pardes Year and Semester alumni. 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.

Cost: $450  

  • FREE for alumni of the Year Program (single semester or full year), PCJE, Fellows, Kollel.
  • 50% tuition discount for hourly students (if enrolled in at least 10 hours of classes per week) and Summer Program alum.
  • 25% tuition discount for alumni of the Spirituality Retreat and Winter Learning Intensive.

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.