Southern Hemisphere Summer Program (Jan – Feb)

Program Description

Those from the Southern Hemisphere are invited to apply to join the Pardes Year Program classes and community during the months of January-February (see program dates at right). Students are also welcome to apply for the full Pardes spring semester, January-May.

While southern hemisphere summer students will be joining ongoing Year Program classes at the beginning of the second full semester, they will have the opportunity to enjoy a rich taste of the larger Pardes experience, including the chance to:

  • Contribute to the vibrant, diverse Pardes community
  • Explore classic Jewish texts and contemporary Jewish issues
  • Learn with our renowned faculty
  • Live in Jerusalem
  • Includes educational tours exploring significant places in both modern and ancient Israel.

Classes meet 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday, plus some optional evening electives.

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

Participants will ideally have a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew or higher.

SOHEM SCHEDULE: Review the 2024 SoHem schedule (subject to change)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Course Descriptions (subject to change)

My time at Pardes has undeniably been the most influential experience in regards to my views and understanding of Judaism and has added value to my life to a great extent. I have gained a network that I can always rely on whenever I am in need and a community that shares the same values and love for Judaism as I do.” Eileen Gamzuletova, Southern Hemisphere Program. Click here to read Eileen’s full testimonial.


The Southern Hemisphere Summer Program is open to Jews of all backgrounds who want to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Jewish tradition and texts. Minimum requirement: one year of university or age 19 and up. Minimum basic reading knowledge of Hebrew preferred.

We require one formal recommendation from someone who can attest to your seriousness as a student as well as your personal character and commitment to your Jewish identity. Typical recommenders include: supervisors, professors, rabbis or professionals at Jewish or other organizations with which you have been involved. Please do not submit recommendations from personal friends or relatives. (click here for the Recommendation Form).

Tuition for the Program is $700.

Limited financial aid is available for university students who are leaders in their local Jewish communities. Contact Carmella for details:

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.