Beit Karen
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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.


January 11, 2022

PHOTOS: 12+ Feet Down, Many More to Go

Over the past few weeks, 12, 18, and 22-meter holes have been drilled around the perimeter of the lot, followed by the insertion of steel frame piles. At the end of each day, the cement trucks arrive to fill the piles with cement. As the piles begin to provide a solid structure around the outside Continue Reading »

December 21, 2021

VIDEOS: We’re Digging In!

Excavation work on Beit Karen has begun! Heavy machinery is on-site, which is located next door to Pardes’s current location, giving everyone at Pardes a bird’s eye view. You can catch the action on our live feed (to the left) during Israeli business hours. Also, click continue reading to see two short videos of recent Continue Reading »

November 4, 2021

VIDEO: Preliminary Site Clearing

Preliminary site clearing work was done on the grounds behind Pardes’s current building. The official excavations on the site have yet to begin but we eagerly anticipate they will start in the coming few weeks, marking the next stages of building Beit Karen. Stay tuned for updates and click “continue reading” to see a video. Continue Reading »

November 2, 2021

PHOTO: Excavation Permit Approved

Pardes is excited to report that the excavation permit for Beit Karen has been approved! Full acoustic fencing now surrounds the building site, prominently displaying the names Pardes and Beit Karen, and giving passersby a glimpse of the architectural design. An excavator will be on site soon to begin work. To see the permit, click Continue Reading »

October 19, 2021

VIDEO: The Pardes Tower Project!

Today, workers erected the official signage for the construction of Beit Karen! Plans for the start of excavations are in the works. We expect to see preparations in the coming days. Updates will be added as activities on the site take place. To view the video of the sign being installed, click “continue reading” >>> Continue Reading »

August 25, 2021

PHOTOS: 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 »

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 »