Pardes Summer Program

Program Description

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

Every Tuesday, we will be touring key sites in Jerusalem, and hear guest speakers; and in addition to study, we will have opportunities to socialize and spend Shabbat meals together.

Classes accommodate all levels of Hebrew and text study experience.

Open to ages 19+

Summer 2018

  • Session 1: July 2-19
  • Session 2: July 24 – August 9

Are you a day school educator? Click here for details of the Day school teachers track. 
Are you a French speaker?
Click here for details of the NEW French language 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.


Session 1, 2018: Click here for the PDF.

Session 2 schedule coming soon!

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 2018

Session 1: July 2-19, $700 first session
Session 2: July 24 – August 9, $590 second session
Session 1 + Session 2: $1090

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

Registration deadline: June 10, 2018

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

Click here to apply for the $50 tuition grant.

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

  • Current Hillel student leader (undergrad)
  • 2017/18 Limmud leader (steering committee/leadership team)
  • Moishe House resident, professional, retreat alumnus/a, or MHWOW host
  • Rabbinical student
  • Graduate student in Jewish education
  • Other full-time young Jewish communal professional (Aged 22-35)

Click here to apply for the 50% Summer Fellowship

50% off Summer Fellowship applications must be received by April 20, 2018.

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. A limited number of $500 tuition grants (session I only) will be awarded to select Hillel professionals in engagement or education roles, who plan to return to Hillel in 2018-19. Click here for more details. 

Hillel professionals who do not meet these criteria are welcome to apply for a 50% off grant for young Jewish communal professionals (also limited in number – see above).

4. ReJewvenate at 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 significant factor in enabling participation.

Click here to apply for the ReJewvenate Grant.

Applications must be received by April 20, 2018.

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.

Click here to apply. Contact for more information.

In Israel:
+972 2 673 5210

In North America: