Pardes Winter Learning Intensive

Program Description

Your full self belongs in the continuing Jewish conversation.

Like us, Jewish text and tradition is rich with complexity, nuance, and even contradiction; the Torah is said to have 70 faces. Join us for an immersive week of learning and community-building as we explore a range of Biblical, Talmudic and modern Jewish perspectives on questions such as:

  • What identities have shaped me (cultural, national, political, professional, spiritual, gender, sexual, racial, class)? How do these intersect with my Jewish self?
  • What role do my values and upbringing play in forming (and performing) aspect of my identity? Dos this change across settings? Should it?
  • How can my Jewish identity be a bridge rather than a wall, between me and the rest of the world? You’ll explore these questions – and so many more- through text study intensives with inspiring faculty, havruta (paired) learning, workshops and site visits, together with a dynamic, international cohort of students and young professionals.

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Registration deadline: Nov 17, 2019

Download Yiscah Smith’s lecture on Developing Sacred Chutzpah, and sample what was learned during last year’s WLI!

“It was really fantastic to be in such an engaged and rigorous learning environment. The intellectual level of the classes was fantastic and the discussion was also. It reminded me how much I love learning.” -Cohava Rubinstein Sturgess (Winter 2019)

“I am taking away contemporary understandings of traditional texts, and a lot of great, new relationships” -Kayla Reisman (Winter 2019)

“My week was meaningful and productive. I am leaving with an expanded awareness on the purpose of Torah, Torah learning, halakha, and our own responsibilities to create healing change in this world. I am also leaving with new friends and chevre.” -Mia Suissa (Winter 2019)

“The week was really amazing. It was great to be back in the beit midrash, among peers and great teachers. I’m looking forward to developing a deeper lens for text study moving forward.” -Larry Ginsburg (Winter 2019)

We’re still crafting the 2020 schedule. To view last’s year’s course schedule and descriptions click here to download the Winter Intensive 2019 Schedule as well as the Course Descriptions for the week of learning!

This program is open to students and young professionals of all Jewish backgrounds. No previous experience with Jewish text study is necessary, and classes will be offered at a range of levels. Discussions will be conducted in English; texts will be presented in the original Hebrew and Aramaic, with English translations.

Tuition only: $150 for the full 5-day program, 8:30 am – 5 pm (includes some optional evening programs as well)
Tuition + housing: $360 (housing provided Sunday-Wednesday nights only)

A non-refundable deposit of $50 must be submitted at the time of the application; this will be applied towards your tuition balance.

Cost includes a wholesome Community Lunch on Thursday, Jan 9.

Tuition for this program is highly subsidized; as such no additional financial aid is available.

Applicants are encouraged to seek support from personal and professional development funds available through their communities, workplaces or campus Hillels.

For students paying the subsidized tuition+housing rate, Pardes will arrange shared rooming alongside other program participants. This facility will be within walking distance of Pardes for the nights of Sunday, Jan 5 – Wednesday, Jan 8 (during the program itself).

**Please note: accommodation on the night before or the night after the Intensive must be arranged independently; we are glad to connect you with the housing providers we will be using about extending your stay, and you will be responsible for arranging the extra payment to them at the full rate per night. Please be in touch to discuss your needs and preferences.**

Students paying for tuition only may find their own arrangements; Pardes will share a list of helpful resources with participants upon acceptance to the program.

Please note that the full balance of tuition + housing must be paid by Nov 25 in order to secure your accommodations.

Haley (North America): haley@pardes.org / +1-212-447-4333
Carmella (Israel + International): carmella@pardes.org.il / +972-(0)2-673-5210 x230

Be in touch or apply today!

Those who have applied by Nov 15 and want housing need to pay their full balance by Nov 28 so we can guarantee appropriate housing.