Beit Karen
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To date, we have raised over $25,000,000!

In the online brochure below, you will find wonderful opportunities to make a direct impact on Pardes in your name or in the name of loved ones.

 

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!

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.

September 2, 2022

PHOTOS: Installing Steel Struts

September 2, 2022 — The process of installing the tiebacks continues. The workers are now attaching steel struts to cables that are anchored into the excavated rock wall. The beams in the pictures below are being placed on steel rods. Those will then be capped, with tension applied, thus supporting the integrity of the wall Continue Reading »

August 19, 2022

VIDEO: Tieback Drilling Commences

August 19, 2022 — The ground level of the northern half of the lot continues to drop as excavations continue. The last piece of equipment needed to move a sewage line along the southern wall will arrive in the next few days, which will free up the southern part of the lot for full excavation Continue Reading »

August 5, 2022

VIDEO: Excavate, Crush, Haul

August 5, 2022 — Currently, there are two excavators working on the lot as well as a rock crushing machine, and dump trucks are hauling out the excavated and crushed earth throughout the day. The goal is to excavate 3 meters down all around the lot so that the first set of tiebacks can be Continue Reading »

June 23, 2022

PHOTOS: Excavations Continue

Now that the cemented heads of the piles are dry and the walls are secure on the north side of the lot, heavy equipment has been brought in and the first 3 meters are being excavated (supports go in every 3 meters). Meanwhile, the piles continue to be drilled along the south wall.  Below are Continue Reading »

May 18, 2022

PHOTOS: Steel rebars inserted 72 feet underground

This week equipment was brought in to drill the 22 meter (72 foot) piles. That depth is equivalent to 6.6 stories underground. Under the supervision of an engineer and surveyor, the holes were drilled and the steel rebars that were hung in position by a crane, were inserted into adjacent holes. These sections were then Continue Reading »

May 11, 2022

PHOTOS: Electric Company Completes Second Phase of Work

This week the second stage of electrical work was completed by the electric company. The base of the electric tower was cemented into place, and while it dries, scheduling is taking place for the final stage, which includes disconnecting from the old line and connecting the new line. Drilling and excavation equipment will also be Continue Reading »

April 21, 2022

Key Consultants Meet to Kickoff Internal Design Phase

Earlier this month, a kickoff meeting was held to launch the detailed design of the internal areas of the Pardes floors. The key consultants who until now have been focused on the systems and details of the entire building will now turn to the internal build-out of Pardes ultimately resulting in detailed plans that, after Continue Reading »

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 »