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 2019

  • Session 1: July 7-25
  • Session 2: July 29 – August 13

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 of the schedule and course descriptions.

Session 2, 2018: Click here for the PDF of the schedule. Course descriptions will be available 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 2019

Session 1: July 7-25, $790 first session
Session 2: July 29 – August 13, $650 second session
Session 1 + Session 2: $1290

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

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.


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: