Pardes Summer Program (July, August)

Program Description

The Pardes Summer Program offers a dynamic and interactive study of Jewish texts in a vibrant community of students from around the world. Grapple with classic Jewish sources and ideas, experience how Judaism tackles contemporary challenges and be inspired by our renowned faculty.

Once a week, we will tour key sites in Jerusalem, and hear guest speakers. In addition to studying and touring, we will have opportunities to socialize and spend Shabbat meals together.

Students from all Jewish educational backgrounds are welcome.

Open to ages 19+. The registration deadline for Summer 2020 is June 14, 2020.

Current Covid-19 Refund Policy

Summer 2020

  • Session 1: July 5-23
  • Session 2: July 27 – August 13

Are you a day school educator? Click here for details of the Day school teachers track. 
Are you currently working as a Hillel professional? Click here for more information.

Summer Program Highlights

Incredible! The program was awe-inspiring, challenging, fulfilling and rich. I’m coming away with a lot more knowledge but with a thirst for more.
– Lauren Fine (Summer ’16)

Fantastic! I felt like I couldn’t get enough of the wisdom from all of the wonderful teachers here, they were always willing to talk outside of the classes.
– Sarah Palmer (Summer ’16)

I loved it! From Opening Circle on day 1 to classes, to Shabbat dinner, to Wednesday evening lectures, to the field trips and to the tisch, I thought it was perfectly structured and felt I had the perfect amount of extra curricular scheduling. 
– Joey Becker (Summer ’15)

I had a beautiful, meaningful and challenging time. I am so thrilled that I chose to come back for a second summer because there is still so much to learn from these incredible teachers and this unparalleled community.
– Haley Schulman (Summer ’16)

The level & quality of the teaching and the scholarship of the staff was exceptional… The open learning environment, where no question was wrong, no perspective belittled, no assumptions about people made and no judgment, was something almost impossible to imagine until you have been there.
– Melinda Jones (Summer ’15)

Read about our youngest and oldest Summer Program participants.


2019 Summer Session I: Click here for the PDF example of the schedule and course descriptions.

2019 Summer Session II,: Click here for the PDF example of the schedule and course descriptions.

The schedule of classes and course descriptions are subject to change.

Jews of all backgrounds who want to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Jewish tradition and texts are invited to apply. Minimum requirement: one year of college or age 19 and up.

Note: Pardes Year/Semester/PCJE alumni or Israeli citizens permanently residing in Israel, as well as those interested in part time study, should contact Donna for special tuition details:

Summer 2020

Session 1: July 5-23, $790
Session 2: July 27 – August 13, $690
Session 1 + Session 2: $1290

The above price does not include the $75 refundable application fee.

There is a full refund for up to two weeks before the program start date. For information on Pardes’s cancellation policy, contact Haley Schulman at

1. You may receive ONE $50 tuition grant if you fit into any of the categories below:

  • Alumni of any short-term Pardes program or retreat (Elul, Summer, Spirituality, etc.)
  • Alumni of BCI, BIMA, Birthright, Genesis, Hadar, Hazon, Impact Boston, Kivunim, Limmud, Livnot, Nesiya, Onward Israel or any Masa Israel Journey program.
  • Full-time Jewish communal professionals (if you are between 22-35, see below for Fellowship opportunity)
  • Full-time school teachers
  • Base Hillel community member

Click here to apply for the $50 tuition grant.

2. You may be eligible for a 50% off Summer Fellowship as one of the following:

  • Hillel Professional
  • Current Hillel student leader (undergrad)
  • 2020/21 Limmud leader (steering committee/leadership team)
  • Moishe House resident, professional, retreat alumni, or MHWOW host
  • Full-time Rabbinical students
  • Full-time Graduate students in Jewish education
  • Other full-time young Jewish communal professional (Ages 22-35)

Click here for the 50% Summer Fellowship application. All 50% off Summer Fellowship applications must be received by March 30, 2020.

Fellowship grants are limited in number, and two brief additional essay questions are required, along with contact information for a reference within your organization.

3. ReJewvenate @ Pardes – for participants ages 40+

Are you over 40? Never had the opportunity to participate in an immersive Jewish learning program? This grant will be awarded to an individual with a thirst for Jewish learning, for whom FREE Summer Program tuition will be a signficant factor in enabling participation.

The ReJewvenate Grant application is available online and must be received by March 30, 2020.


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. Once your application has been received, you will be sent details of summer housing options.

Contact for more information.

In Israel:
+972 2 673 5210

In North America: