Program Details

Learning Jewish text intensively, trips throughout Israel, making one-on-one connections with Israelis, staff, and other students.
Jerusalem, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide. Students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism, while exploring their relevance to today’s most pressing issues. Pardes empowers students with the knowledge and tools to take ownership of their Jewish experience. Diversity is at the core of Pardes and students represent a broad spectrum of the Jewish world. The result is a vibrant community constantly engaged in honest, dynamic and constructive debate leading to serious personal reflection and growth. Our renowned faculty members affiliate with a range of communities. While the vast majority live their lives in accordance with halakha (Jewish law), they differ from one another in their philosophical, spiritual and practical approaches to Judaism. Through relationships with faculty, the community and Jewish texts, students leave Pardes with refined critical thinking, improved communication and interpersonal skills and more nuanced and sensitive perspectives. The Pardes model has inspired four decades of Jewish leadership marked by openness, passion, Jewish literacy, knowledge and inclusivity, and continues to inspire new possibilities for Jewish communities worldwide. Pardes’s mission is to: Provide a co-educational, open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging environment in Jerusalem which engages all Jews in the study of the classic texts and ideas of their heritage. Offer its students an intense experience of Jewish life and tradition. Cultivate in its students a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel, inspiring them to engage in Jewish life, as communal leaders, educators, and spiritual leaders.

Learning Jewish text intensively, trips throughout Israel, making one-on-one connections with Israelis, staff, and other students.

Program Price Includes: • Comprehensive Advising and Support • Tuition • Community Lunch every Thursday • Excursions (small registration fee applies) • The ISA Discovery Model • Cultural Activities • Tutoring • Professional Development • Scholarship Opportunities • Courses with fabulous, wonderful, caring teachers
Setting Description:
Pardes is located in Talpiot, which is in south Jerusalem. We are across the street from a newly-renovated mall and many shops and restaurants. Many bus lines go to our neighborhood which can connect you to sites all over Jerusalem and the rest of Israel.
Please see the website for more details.

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