Pardes Summer Program

Program Description

Summer 2022 was incredible! Register your interest for 2023 and be the first to know when applications open:

Register your interest for summer 2023! 

 

YOUR TORAH. YOUR JOURNEY.

We can’t wait to learn with you in Jerusalem!

Join us at Pardes for one or both summer sessions to experience:

  • Dynamic, interactive study of classic and contemporary Jewish texts
  • Classes in Talmud, Bible, Spirituality, Prayer, Ethics, and more
  • Talented faculty with expertise in skill-building
  • Inclusive community with students from around the world
  • Celebration of multiple Jewish voices and expressions of ritual life
  • Shabbat hospitality, song and storytelling
  • Fascinating tours in Jerusalem and beyond

THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

In and beyond the Beit Midrash, Pardes cultivates a culture of curiosity, reflection, constructive debate, and growth, nurturing a commitment to serious study and personal meaning-making. 

THE COMMUNITY.

Joyful. Passionate. Diverse. Engaged. Intergenerational. Supportive.
Learners of all Jewish backgrounds are welcome, from text newbies to yeshiva grads. Ages 19-99 (+).

THE SETTING.

There’s nowhere in the world like Jerusalem in the summer. Ancient intertwines with modern, festivals abound, strangers become friends, and the sun shines bright and long.

Are you a Hillel professional?

Generous scholarships and stipends are available for a limited number of engagement and education professionals. Pros will enjoy a curated cohort-within-a-cohort experience, with a focus on bringing their personal and professional development back to campus. Contact amira@pardes.org for details.

Are you a Jewish Educator?

Check out the Jewish Educator Summer Workshop, which offers 1-on-1 expert mentorship alongside Beit Midrash learning with the Summer Program community.

While we prepare Summer 2023 schedule, check out what we did this past Summer!

Covid: Pardes complies fully with Israel Health Ministry regulations. 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.

Session I: $950
Session II: $650
Session I+II: $1490

Tuition includes all classes, course materials, trips and tours, and select communal meals.
Flights, accommodation and all other meals are not included.

A very limited number of 50% off tuition grants are available for those who meet the following criteria and apply BY MARCH 15th:

  • Campus student leaders (undergrad)
  • Moishe House residents / professionals
  • Limmud leaders
  • Rabbinical / Cantorial / Jewish Ed grad students
  • Other full time Jewish communal professionals (ages 22-35)
  • International young leaders from outside N. American or Israel (ages 19-35)

Increased scholarship and stipend funding will be available to select Hillel professionals in engagement and education roles.

Pardes summer students find their own accommodation during their summer stay. Click here for some suggested websites and housing resources.

Wow, what a wonderful 3 weeks. I feel so spiritually nourished to return home with new energy. I also feel like I had time to really explore who I am, what I believe, and what I want in the world.

-Sammy Kanter (Summer ’22)

The air of Jerusalem made the learning sweeter and more complex. Learning at Pardes reflected the nuance, complexity and beauty of Israel. I appreciated learning with people from different backgrounds and experiences. 

-Anne Berman-Waldorf (Summer ’22)

The teachers and staff create the type of environment to allow this openness and acceptance. The teachers are absolutely masterful. They’re the best of the best. They make the texts come alive.

-Danielle (Summer ’22)

I am beyond happy that I can call myself a Pardes alumnus. I’ve waited many years to learn at Pardes and it was well worth it. I look forward to the opportunities ב׳׳ה to learn more with Pardes in the future.
– Joshua Margo (Summer ’20)

This is the first time I studied Talmud. It was difficult but well worth extending beyond my comfort zone. The teachers at Pardes are awesome and made the time fly. It always left me feeling like I wanted more time. The experience was stimulating, enriching, and challenging.
– Karen Bailis Saef (Summer ’20)

I finally understand why Pardes was so important to people I had talked to. It filled a spiritual void I have been feeling for a long time and renewed my relationship to Judaism and to G-d.
– Katherine Baker (Summer ’20)

Read about our youngest and oldest Summer Program participants.

Contact summer@pardes.org.il for more information.

Israel and International:
Schedule a call with Carmella.

North America:
Schedule a call with Amira.