Beit Karen
Building Pardes’s Future in Real Time

Pardes has launched a $36 million capital and endowment campaign to enhance our physical space and technological infrastructure. Once completed, these improvements will bring the transformative educational experience of Pardes to more students, more teachers, more visitors and more members of the community.

If you believe as we do, that text study, with an eye towards contemporary relevance, can inspire personal and communal transformation, we invite you to learn more and to join us in our efforts by making a campaign pledge today!

To date, we have raised over $22,000,000!

The images below are architect renderings provided to Pardes in June 2021.

State-of-the-art classrooms will not only provide more suitable space for in-person classes, they will also be equipped for online and hybrid learning.

Pardes aims to integrate the best educational technology available for both classroom-based and online learning. That’s why Pardes is working with technology, communications and acoustics consultants to ensure that our new building is equipped with first-rate technology and that the physical plant can accommodate new technologies in the future.

Currently, Pardes hosts standing-room-only programs for the public. The new 250 person theater will allow Pardes to accommodate the public demand for its programs.

Beautiful green spaces will give students and faculty and staff more options for meeting, socializing, eating and more.


The Meir and Malkah z”l Schweiger Library will house an updated and expanded collection of books and other media, allowing students and faculty to conduct more of their research at Pardes rather than seeking off-campus options. 

Garden terraces will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to get a breath of fresh air in a comfortable setting without even leaving the building.

August 25, 2021

Acoustic Fencing Placed Around Construction Site

Acoustic fencing now surrounds the Beit Karen construction site. The fencing is designed to help insulate pedestrians and neighbors from noise. With the addition of this fencing, the site is prepared for heavier construction, including excavation of the foundation, which will be happening soon. Be sure to bookmark so you can continue to follow Continue Reading »

August 3, 2021

Capital Campaign Update: More Images of Beit Karen to Explore!

Matti Rosenshine Architects has released a new set of renderings of Beit Karen, with wonderful examples of the architecture, both inside and outside. This is all part of our Campaign for the Generations, a $36 million capital and endowment campaign to build a spacious and modern home in Jerusalem and to bring new programs to Continue Reading »

July 31, 2021

Capital Campaign Update: Building Up Starts with Digging Down

The Excavation Permit to dig the foundation of Beit Karen is in the final stages of processing with the municipality of Jerusalem! Pardes is now authorized to formally prepare the site. This includes a variety of tasks, such as: Placement of acoustic/decorative fencing around the lot Clearing of all surface debris Removal of pavement and/or Continue Reading »

March 11, 2021

Pardes’s Commitment to Green Construction

רְאֵה מַעֲשַׂי כַּמָּה נָאִים וּמְשֻׁבָּחִין הֵן, וְכָל מַה שֶּׁבָּרָאתִי בִּשְׁבִילְךָ בָּרָאתִי, תֵּן דַּעְתְּךָ שֶׁלֹא תְקַלְקֵל וְתַחֲרִיב אֶת עוֹלָמִי, שֶׁאִם קִלְקַלְתָּ אֵין מִי שֶׁיְתַקֵּן אַחֲרֶיךָ  “Look at My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And all that I have created, it was for you that I created it. Pay attention that you do not corrupt Continue Reading »

March 10, 2021

New Master Plan for Talpiot Industrial Zone Approved

What does this mean for Pardes? Pardes and its new home, Beit Karen, is a perfect fit for the municipality’s new vision for Talpiot, which combines residential, commercial, and green spaces with cultural and educational institutions. The city planners are therefore very excited by and supportive of the Pardes’s plans! Learn more about the Capital Campaign and Pardes’s new home by Continue Reading »

July 15, 2020

July 2020: Campaign for the Generations Update

Posted on July 15, 2020 JERUSALEM — Despite being three months into a global pandemic, this spring Pardes enthusiastically continued to take steps towards realizing the dream of a new state-of-the-art facility to house the growing number of programs, students, events and research projects taking place at Pardes throughout the year. Here are the latest Continue Reading »

April 1, 2020

An Interview with Mark S. Cohen, Campaign for the Generations Contributor

Mark S. Cohen is an attorney who splits his time between West Hempstead, NY and Jerusalem. Mark is a frequent participant in Pardes’s Community Education Program and is also an alumnus of the Pardes Summer Program (1991, 2016 and 2018). You recently endowed Pardes’s Rosh Chodesh Community Breakfast Program, which brings Pardes students together to Continue Reading »

January 23, 2020

Pardes Signs Agreement for Construction of New Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pardes Signs Agreement for Construction of New Campus   (JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – January 23, 2020) Pardes is thrilled to report that on December 24th an agreement was signed with NBS, an Israeli real estate development firm, to partner in the development and construction of Pardes’s new home, Beit Karen. Under this agreement, Pardes Continue Reading »

July 12, 2018

Jerusalem’s ‘Beit Karen’ to honor memory of Pittsburgh philanthropist

Published in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, July 12, 2018 Beit Karen, the new home of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, is being built to honor local activist Karen Shapira. Karen Shapira, who passed away in 2005, always dreamed of having a home in Israel. And prior to her death from breast cancer Continue Reading »