It was while working as a youth director at Temple Beth Sholom in Florida that Miami Beach-native Josh Laurence decided to spend a year studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
“After first traveling to Israel with Birthright
, I definitely wanted to return,” says Josh. “Then the opportunity presented itself in the form of Pardes’ year program—my mentor, Rabbi Robert Davis encouraged me to do it, my friend Miriam Farber registered, and the financial support from Masa Israel made it possible.”
Living in Jerusalem, Josh spent his days taking courses in Talmud, Torah, Social Action, Rambam, and Jewish Law. “I’d never taken part in such intense text study and the...